Interview: Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz’ Young Rollin’ Stoners Album showcases two Generations of Queens Hip-HopTuesday, November 25th, 2014
Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)
Prodigy’s collaborative prospectus with hip-hop greats is long and distinguished. When it comes to the production on his albums, he’s mostly relied on Havoc and The Alchemist for much of his solo catalog. Mobb Deep in general has stuck to working with their contemporaries during the course of their career and haven’t called on the younger generation all that much. Until now.
Far Rockaway, Queens native Boogz Boogetz, who is more than a decade younger than Prodigy, has been hanging around the Infamous camp for quite a while, appearing on several tracks by the Mobb rapper (and vice versa). The younger brother of Un Pacino, an artist who has long been affiliated with Infamous Records and even doing a full album with Prodigy, Boogz has experienced how an older Queens camp works and established a good relationship with everyone in the process.
“I’m always in the studio with [my brother], and Prodigy just took a liking to me and my music,” Boogz Boogetz said in describing his early encounters with Prodigy. “He seen that I was different. I was a skateboarder and not like every other average kid to meet in the hood. There was something about me [that was] special and we started working together.”
This Tuesday (November 25) will set somewhat of a precedent for both Prodigy and Boogz Boogetz as they release their collaborative Young Rollin’ Stonerz album. Each emcee will be somewhat out of his element. P will have to lay his trademark dark, gritty and thoro bars over beats mostly of the trap variety while Boogz’ stoner rhymes and skateboard appeal will have to be up to the task of not sounding too left of field being on the same song as one of hip-hop most infamous hardcore pioneers. It’s a challenge both are willing to accept.
“It’s just fun,” Prodigy says describing the album. “When you listen to it it’s just fun music. It’s hardcore hip-hop but at the same time the energy that Boogz brings to it just enables me to create a lighter side of my writing aside from doing real dark hip-hop. [I’m] still sticking to my guns and being myself.”
Nah Right recently spoke to both Boogz Boogetz and Prodigy in anticipation of Young Rollin’ Stoners. During the interview the duo described working with one another and also laid a few gems about what each of them are doing separately. P announced he’s working on a project with Harry Fraud as well as another collaborative effort with Alchemist while Boogz relayed he’s in the process of creating a slew of new works, both solo and collabo. They also described their early meetings and why each finds value in working with one another.