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Prodigy called the following day to express his happiness about the extra time. He was at home, watching himself being interviewed on BET's Rap City. But there was something defensive in his tone. To keep up his tough-guy image, Prodigy had told the press that the judge gave him more time to finish his album and videos, though it had been reported that his sickness was the reason for his temporary reprieve. But Prodigy says he isn't afraid of prison, much less mortality. "I'm not scared to die, I've dealt with enough," he says. "I feel like my life is gonna be short anyway because of my sickle-cell."
And though diving into his music has been therapeutic, it's his sickle-cell anemiathe very thing that's caused Prodigy so much pain, landing him in the hospital six times a year, on average, since being diagnosed at eight months oldthat's now helping to ease another affliction. It prepared him to get through five more weeks of an agonizing countdown, as well as the strength of character to make it through the time after the wait.
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