H.N.I.C. (Prodigy album)

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Studio album by Prodigy
Released November 14, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Hip hop
Length 66:20
Producer Prodigy, Bink!, Hangmen 3, The Alchemist, Robert Kirkland, Havoc, Ez Elpee, Nashiem Myrick, Rockwilder, Just Blaze, Ric Rude
Prodigy chronology
H.N.I.C. Pt. 2
Singles from H.N.I.C.
  1. "Keep It Thoro"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Rock Dat Shit"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Y.B.E. (Young Black Entrepreneurs)"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars link
HipHopDX.com 4/5 stars link
RapReviews.com (8.0/10) link
Vibe 4/5 stars link

H.N.I.C. is the debut solo album from rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep, The album was released on November 14, 2000. After four Mobb Deep albums, Prodigy took a temporary break from the group and released his first solo effort. "H.N.I.C." is an acronym for "Head Nigga In Charge". Prodigy enlisted a number of producers for the album, including The Alchemist, EZ Elpee, Rockwilder, Just Blaze and his Mobb Deep partner Havoc. The single "Keep It Thoro" received moderate video and radio rotation. A sequel, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 was released April 22, 2008. It features production by Havoc, a fellow member of Mobb Deep and The Alchemist among others. In 2011, after being released from prison, Prodigy began work on the third album in the series, H.N.I.C. 3. It was released on July 3rd, 2012.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 18, 2000.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Samples Length
1 "Bars & Hooks" (Intro) Prodigy 1:19
2 "Genesis" Prodigy 2:49
3 "Drive Thru" (skit) Prodigy 0:16
4 "Rock Dat Shit" Bink Dawg 4:21
5 "What U Rep" (feat. N.O.R.E.) Hangmen 3
  • "Vittroni's Theme - King Is Dead" by Roy Ayers
6 "Keep It Thoro" The Alchemist
  • "Music People" by Jack Mayborn
7 "Can't Complain" (feat. Chinky & Twin Gambino) Prodigy 4:19
8 "Infamous Minded" (feat. Big Noyd) Robert Kirkland 3:27
9 "Wanna Be Thugs" (feat. Havoc) Havoc 2:50
10 "Three" (feat. Cormega) The Alchemist 2:20
11 "Delt with the Bullshit" (feat. Havoc) Havoc 3:22
12 "Trials of Love" (feat. B.K.) The Alchemist
  • "To the Establishment" by Lou Bond
13 "H.N.I.C." Ez Elpee 3:03
14 "Be Cool" (skit) Prodigy 0:16
15 "Veteran's Memorial" The Alchemist
  • "Yo Tengo Un Amigo" by Luz Esther Benitez
16 "Do It" (feat. Mike Delorean) Rockwilder 3:20
17 "Littles" (skit) (feat. Littles & Big Noyd) Prodigy 1:19
18 "Y.B.E." (feat. B.G.) Nashiem Myrick,
Stephen Dorsain
19 "Diamond" (feat. Bars & Hooks) Just Blaze 4:05
20 "Gun Play" (feat. Big Noyd) Rockwilder
  • "Tiger's Theme" by Clay Pitts Orchestra
21 "You Can Never Feel My Pain" Ric Rude 3:27
22 "H.N.I.C." (Outro) Prodigy 0:18

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 18
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[2] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[3] 6


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Prodigy. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Prodigy. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Prodigy. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Prodigy – H.N.I.C.". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 24, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH