Prodigy was born on November 2, 1974, in Hempstead, New York. He came from a musical family. His grandfather was a saxophonist, and his grand-uncle was a trombonist. in the Bebop era of jazz.His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia’s Morehouse College.Prodigy grew up in LeFrak City. While attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, he met his future music partner, Havoc. The duo became the “Poetical Prophets”, before choosing the name “The Infamous Mobb Deep”.