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Saigon Addresses Prodigy Beef, Says He Doesn’t Understand Why There’s Still Issues

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 05/13/11

SaigonIf you've paid attention to Mobb Deep's Prodigy since he was released from prison in March, you probably know he's been making his rounds in support of his new autobiography, My Infamous Life ... and it's been causing a stir in the hip-hop world.

Recently, via an interview with ThisIs50.com, Prodigy re-ignited his long-running beef with Saigon -- whom he got into a physical altercation with in 2007, before his three-year incarceration -- after dissing him, calling him "a flea" and saying he wasn't worth his time.

Saigon sat on MTV's RapFix Live couch this week, where he was asked to address the situation, and he did. He explained how he is disappointed that P would continue to throw shots at him, despite his best effort to downplay their issues and make amends.

"While Prodigy was locked up, they was trying to bait me into talking reckless about him. Every time somebody interviewed me, I had nothing but good things to say," Saigon explained. "Then he comes out, not only in the book, but in an interview recently up at This Is 50, he's talkin' reckless again."

Sai says that he's actually run into Prodigy several times since their whole beef began, and when he has, it's always been cool. In fact, he the two have been speaking as of late, via text messages, about a possible collaboration, so he just doesn't understand the whole situation at all.

"That's why I don't understand. He's texting me sayin', 'I'm tellin' Alchemist we should do a song and just to squash the beef,'" the rapper said.. "And then he goes, does an interview and starts dissin' me again. So I'm like, 'I understand you got a book to sell; I got an album to sell, The Greatest Story Never Told, but I'm not trying to use you to sell my album, man.'

"When he's with Alchemist and it's just him, he's, 'Nah, man. It ain't no problem, it ain't no problem,' " Saigon continued. "But then when it's 30 or 40 of them, it's a problem again. I can't respect a man who ain't the same all the time."

Saigon concluded the conversation about their feud, advising his New York rival to "downplay" their 2007 altercation.

"I left it alone. It's three years ago, homey," the rapper said. "I understand that people bring it up, it's newsworthy, but downplay it like I've been doing all these years while you been in jail."

Prodigy's autobiography, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, is in stores now. Order your copy at Amazon.com.

Saigon's long awaited debut, The Greatest Story Never Told, is also in stores. It's available at his label's website, SuburbanNoizeRecords.com.

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