On what would have been Prodigy’s 43rd birthday, producer Vanderslice has shared a new posthumous single paying homage to the legendary emcee, with the help of Conway and Mobb Deep affiliate Big Twins.
While speaking of the track, titled “Hardbody Karate,” Vanderslice revealed that he originally tailored the beat to the man Prodigy himself, explaining he was going to do whatever it took to secure a bucket list feature from the New York mainstay, who has admittedly been his personal favorite emcee ever since the 1995 release of “Shook Ones (Part II).”
“I had the sample in my stash for years and the second Steez and I finished it, I set it aside for our new album—come hell or high water, we were going to do whatever it took to get Prodigy on it,” he shared in conversation with Mass Appeal. “It’s an NFL record, it was rare and expensive so we wanted to make sure we utilized it properly. Steez laid the bass and synth, I layered the drums and did all the chops. It’s poetry in motion.”
The song is set to appear on Vanderslice’s forthcoming project, The Best Album Money Can Buy, which features the likes of Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, Evidence and Slug of Atmosphere, among others, and is set to drop this winter.
“It was such a humbling experience to finally get to work and build any sort of relationship with him, and once it was done I felt a sense of accomplishment unlike I’ve ever felt with my music,” Vanderslice adds. “I have lost a lot of people in my personal life and when I heard he died my reaction was, ‘That’s impossible we just finished our song, man!’ I was shattered inside. I don’t think rap will ever recover from losing P.”
Take a listen to the tribute track above.