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HNIC: By Albert “Prodigy” Johnson & Steve Savile (CONTEST & BOOK REVIEW)

HNIC (Book Review)


This is a book review of Prodigy of Mobb Deep new novella HNIC. Read on after the jump for a chance to win a signed copy of the book from Prodigy.

The artist known as Prodigy doesn’t stray far from his roots as one half of the seminal Hip-Hop group Mobb Deep with his first novella, HNIC. The book follows the exploits of Pap, a young man looking to get out of the hood and out from under the influence of his childhood friend Black. Pap and Black have done numerous petty crimes together but Black’s recklessness and savagery have started to drive them apart. Pap wants to start a new life and follow his dreams of becoming a computer programmer before his life of crime leads him to three hots and a cot for life, but Black has other plans for his childhood friend. Black believes that Pap owes him one last job but will this last job be the one that finishes their friendship forever?


HNIC is the kind of tale that keeps you interested as it doesn’t waste time with a lot of exposition or giving a detailed origin for the characters. Instead the characters are developed as the story continues, with motivations changing as the characters get wrapped up further in the plot.
Much like a Donald Goines novel this is the kind of street story that could happen in any hood and that allows the story to remain relevant to the individual reader. Prodigy delivers a gripping tale with his first book and I’m looking forward to seeing what the fledging author does when he tackles a longer format story, one that allows him the space and time to develop his characters and story a bit more.
Overall I’d say this is an enjoyable summer read, something you can get through during a day at the beach and full of the vivid storytelling details that have always been a hallmark of Prodigy’s audio escapades.



The rules of this contest are quite simple, simply tell us your favorite moment from the Prodigy interview and what made it make it on to your personal list. Include some details about the moment, if you thought his alien invasion story was the best then tell us what colors the aliens were that he saw. Hopefully you were paying attention to the interview, if not get brushed up on it here. We have THREE SIGNED COPIES of the book to giveaway, so we will choose the best entries the ones we get. The contest will end on Tuesday July 30th at 8 am. Leave your entry in the comments section below.

  • Hello fellow fan bros.
    Great episode with the legendary Prodigy.
    Honestly my favorite part of the interview is how honest Prodigy is about his beliefs in in the “other kind”. Like DJ BenHaMeen said, rappers aren’t portrayed as people who believe in the supernatural. Mostly due to the fact that they might feel nerdy or crazy but it is awesome to hear some one as hardbody as Prodigy to talk so honestly about his beliefs. You will never hear Jay Z talking about these subjects because he has his “image” to maintain. Prodigy has no image to maintain, he is what he is. 100% HNIC!
    Side Note:I want to hear BenHaMeen’s story on his prison experience!

    • Samantha F.

      100% agree with your side note. I have so many questions and inaccurate mental images that need to be cleared up.

      • DJ BenHaMeen

        lol soon.

  • I read that alien story in Prodigy’s autobiography and I kinda believe it. My favorite moment was when P said Batman ain’t fucking with Superman I was on my way home and when I heard that I laughed to myself.

  • Samantha F.

    The best part of the interview for me was the Breaking Bad segment, in particular the discussion about the soul descent of Walter White. Reading the book review and then re-listening to that segment, I feel like the discussion correlated nicely, especially the part about Walter’s reason for continuing to pursue the drug game. Also, just listening to it, I can almost hear the smile on Prodigy’s face as he got more excited about the topic and it seemed to break the whole interview right open. I don’t know if it’s the editing or what, but where the first half seemed to have prepared questions, the rest of the show right after you guys started talking about The Sopranos just seemed to lead itself from topic to topic more organically. As a long time NPR listener, it’s always nice to hear an interview when hosts and guests fall into a groove of comfortable familiarity and that was the moment for me.

    • Samantha,

      We are grateful you feel that way and are pleased that you felt the flow of the show was organic. As FanBros grows we have become a more cohesive unit. Happy to have you as a listener!

  • Veronica H.

    My favorite part of the segment was hearing him discuss how the HNIC book came together. We all know about his love for rap and hip-hop but to hear him passionately discuss how he went from writing rhymes to penning the new book was inspiring to me as a writer.

    Also the fact that he didn’t just half-ass the process. He actively sought out an established writer to help with the process of the turning the script into a book. It’s always great to hear rappers like Prodigy discuss the books they read as it definitely shows from his autobiography and the storytelling in his music.