Earlier this week, a firestorm erupted when messages were posted on Havoc's Twitter account slandering Mobb **** groupmate Prodigy. Though Hav has since denied that he wrote the tweets, revealing that his phone was stolen, a source close to the duo--who spoke on the condition of anonymity--tells XXLMag.com the rift between Hav and P is very real.
According to the source, who works closely with the Queens veterans, tension has been building between Havoc and Prodigy for some time now. Prodigy was locked up from 2007 through 2011, serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence on a gun charge, and was determined to stay out of trouble when he came home; he stopped drinking and smoking and hit the gym. "While he was up there, 50 Cent came to visit him a couple times," the source said. "And 50 had came to him and said, 'Listen, man, when you come home, I wanna sign you as a solo artist. I'm gonna give you a $500,000 advance check, but I'm not ****** with Havoc because Havoc has been dealin' with alcohol issues for years. Since you've been in jail, he's checked in a few times to rehab." Mobb **** had previously been signed to G-Unit from 2005 through 2009. With three months to go in his sentence, Havoc still hadn't visited Prodigy, and though the G-Unit offer was enticing, P was willing to give Mobb **** another chance if Hav visited him before he was released.
"A week before [Prodigy] comes home, Havoc finally shows up," the source continued. "[He says], 'Yo, listen, I'm sorry, man. I've been battlin' alcohol again. I just came out of rehab. I really wanna work again. Let's get money.'" Prodigy was open to getting back to work with his longtime comrade. He was released in March 2011, and the next month dropped his autobiography, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy. P and Hav hit the studio a few times--even releasing the Black Cocaine EP in November--but the two rarely interacted. "The only time Prodigy would see him is before a show--at the airport or however they're gonna get there," the source said.
Citing one instance in particular, the source says Havoc spent $20,000 at a casino, but didn't remember the next day because he had been drinking heavily. "The next day, when he went into the account, the money was gone," the source recalled. "He forgot because he has these little blackout moments when he's drunk--that he spent all the money gamblin'.