**Obviously you’ve been in this game for a number of years. What are your earliest memories of how you got into hip hop? **
Prodigy: What sparked my interest in hip hop was listening to Run–D.M.C.’s “Sucker MC’s” and LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells.” When I heard those songs and people like Schoolly D, it was over after that.
Havoc: Definitely what sparked my interest in hip hop was just growing up around it. That’s all they played around my way, Queensbridge Projects. We had Marley Marl living out there, Roxanne Shante, and seeing all those big superstars in one place with their fancy cars and all of that… That definitely sparked my interest, being from a place where hip hop was really prevalent.
**You come from families of entertainers, performers, and musicians. How did growing up in that family inspire you to be creative as a musician? **
Prodigy: My grandmother had a big dance school called Bernice Johnson Dance School. My grandfather was a jazz musician, Budd Johnson, so I grew up going to my grandfather’s shows. My mom used to tell me stories about the group that she was in. That was an amazing influence on my life when it came to doing music. I wanted to be like Michael Jackson. I used to look up to Michael Jackson when I was a kid, and then I got into the rap thing and it was over.