Busting onto the scene in the mid 1990s, hip hop duo Mobb Deep quickly ascended from being two inner-city youths to one of the most revered groups in hip hop. My Infamous Life takes a look at Prodigy’s life with the group and his struggles with drugs, crime, illness and more.

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson takes readers through his amazing journey, starting with his childhood and his early introduction to the music industry. His mother, Fatima Frances Johnson, was a member of the Crystals, whose records “And Then He Kissed Me” and “He’s a Rebel” became chart-topping hits in the ‘60s. Under her wing, Prodigy was exposed to many music legends including Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie. But while his mother taught him lessons that would eventually lay the foundation for his future career, his father, a heroin addict and petty crook, taught him the rules of the streets.

After his father was jailed, Prodigy and his mother moved to a gritty neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. In high school, he linked up with Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita and the two formed Mobb Deep. After the group caught the ear of music execs, they were signed to a major label and eventually recorded their album The Infamous, now considered a hip hop classic.

But trouble lurked around the corner for Prodigy as his newly acquired success set him on a path to destruction. Along with the fame of the music industry, the rapper was introduced to the fast life that came along with it. After his precarious lifestyle landed him in prison, he would eventually have to part with his old ways he picked up as youth and learn how to truly become a man.

Final Word: Fast-paced autobiography of a member of one of hip hop’s most influential duos.