Though BET paid its respects to the fallen rap legend by way of a special tribute, New Orleans rap magnate Master P is adamantly disappointed at the fallen rapper's postmortem commemoration.
Taking to Instagram live from outside of the BET Awards, P shared his disappointment in a video complete with a lengthy caption. The No Limit Records founder said that Prodigy may have been the furthest thing from the network’s mind — up until his passing.
“I ain’t even going in,” he said. “This s**t ain’t cool. All of a sudden they celebrating Prodigy. Prodigy, last week, couldn’t even get in here! Couldn’t get backstage, couldn’t have a pass. All of a sudden you die, you’re this big superstar. Why not give a man his flowers while he’s here.”
He continued explaining that even himself, as an honorary hip-hop mogul, and his forthcoming film won’t receive proper recognition unless he died. It’s possible even, P added in his tirade, that the network doesn’t know who Mobb Deep is, and he believes the same shade was thrown over the deaths of Whitney Houston and Prince.
Reiterating his distaste in the caption, he said that the only reason he showed up for the award show was to support his 20-year-old daughter, Cymphonique Miller, who performed during BET Experience.
“We lost a very talented brother, Prodigy,” he wrote. “I send my condolences to his family. Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers, but the truth needed to be heard.”
Listen to the bone he had to pick with the BET Awards tribute for the late Mobb Deep member in the video below.
The Truth Hurts…BET Would Have Never Changed Their Show For Prodigy If He Was Still Alive!! It was a great thing acknowledging and celebrating the life of Prodigy and all of his accomplishments. But It’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question… Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week… were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years? I’m willing to bet the answer is NO. I came to support my daughter today on the BET Experience stage but I decided that my family and I will not participate in the red carpet or awards events this year. I love my people and I support them but we really need to do better by each other. We lost a very talented brother, Prodigy. I send my condolences to his family. Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers but the truth needed to be heard.
(Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BET)