Prodigy – H.N.I.C.
H.N.I.C. marks P’s first solo departure from Havoc after four consecutive Mobb Deep albums, and it proved more than formidable. His partner shows up for a couple production duties, but it’s Alchemist who shines on hip-hop standards like “Trials of Love” and the instantly recognizable “Keep It Thoro.”
Rockwilder and Just Blaze even come through for a song each, further lending weight to the claim that Prodigy was considered one of the best to ever do it at his peak, but H.N.I.C. was his last flicker of heat, save a couple guest verses (Cam’s “Losin’ Weight” and Cormega’s “Thun & Kicko come to mind). The album’s 2007 sequel doesn’t pack the same punch for me that other people seem to love, and his prison bid only set him back further.
Nonetheless, P in his prime was untouchable off slang and drawling, slurred speech alone. I’d pay a dollar every time I needed to hear “You Can Never Feel My Pain” on Spotify; it’s that good.