Y2K is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated albums of the past decade. Whatever you’re feeling about crime in our society today, this album will serve as a reminder that even though we live in the age of 24/7 cable news and social media, right now there are real people out here being wrongly targeted and treated differently because of the color of their skin or the place they’re from. “It’s a harsh reality that goes on in America,” Prodigy states in “Catch Me If You Can.” He addresses the inequities in our justice system and encourages all of us to “wake up.” The “world is changing quicker than you think, brother,” and so we all must change with it.
In December 2014, early into his third year of imprisonment, Prodigy was cited again by NYPD as a “level 1” flight risk, thus triggering another bail review. On January 12, 2015, the judge ordered his imprisonment. Today, New York has the highest rate of incarceration in the country. But regardless of the reasons behind it, Prodigy’s incarceration is a result of the impact of the criminal justice system and our current laws. He’s in jail for skipping bail, not committing a crime. And he’s still a threat to society. But even a threat needs to be taken seriously. So we’re marching on to change the system. 7211a4ac4a