Was this a wise decision?
Prodigy allowed his son to get some ink on his seventh birthday. This interesting nugget of news is one of the takeaways from a new documentary about the late Mobb Deep rapper. Made in conjunction with The Source, the short doc is meant to honor the rapper on his birthday. It consists of the people who knew him talking about their favorite moments with the legend.
Prodigy’s son Shaka revealed that his dad allowed him to get a tiny tattoo of the letter P when he turned seven years old.
“He asked me what I wanted and I was looking at all his tattoos and said ‘I want a tattoo,’” he explained in the clip. “He came in and asked if I was ready for my tattoo and I went in and got a lil P on my arm.”
Shaka revealed that while his mother was pretty upset, he’s still happy with the decision he made way back when.
All Kinds of Tributes
Countless Prodigy tributes have come through since the rapper passed away earlier this year. There were attempts to paint a Prodigy mural in his neighborhood of Queensbridge, but it kept getting defaced by other graffiti artists. Eventually, the people who were behind it gave up on honoring the rapper in that fashion.
Photographer Raphael Gonzalez, who was responsible for the Queensbridge mural, proudly documented the progress of the mural and was truly disappointed after it was defaced for the second time. Soon afterwards, rapper N.O.R.E gave his thoughts on why the mural of Prodigy could never stand in Queensbridge. During an interview with The Breakfast Club he claimed that Prodigy “hurt” a lot of people in the area.
Master P understood the need to acknowledge the rapper after his passing, but added that nobody was giving the rapper the proper respect before his death. In a lengthy Instagram rant, the rapper accused BET of forgetting about Prodigy until his death forced him back into the spotlight.
”The truth hurts… BET would have never changed their show for Prodigy if he was still alive!! It was a great thing acknowledging and celebrating the life of Prodigy and all of his accomplishments. But it’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question… Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week… were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years? I’m willing to bet the answer is NO.”
Master P said that he attended the awards to support his daughter, but decided not to take part in the red carpet or awards ceremony over what he viewed as the channel’s lack of respect for the rapper.
“I love my people and I support them but we really need to do better by each other,” he said. “Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive.”
See the Video
Check out the documentary up top for more musings about all the good that Prodigy brought to those around him.
What do you think? Is giving a seven-year-old a tattoo a questionable move? Better yet, who tattooed the seven-year-old? Should we care… given that Shaka views it as one of his most fond memories of his father?
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