Queensbridge Reflects on Prodigy’s Impact in Hip-Hop

With the unexpected death of Mobb Deep star Prodigy, commemorations have continued to pour in throughout the hip-hop world.


With the unexpected death of Mobb Deep star Prodigy, commemorations have continued to pour throughout the hip-hop world. With the ultimate causes of Prodigy’s death still unknown, his fans have continued to mourn the star who touched a great many.

Among these are the residents of the Queensbridge Housing Projects where Prodigy and Havoc got their start. As two young MCs struggling to make their name, they began their game at Queensbridge. Quickly earning respect among their peers, the Long Island bred Prodigy was quickly accepted as one of QB’s own. Mobb Deep would represent those projects with all of their releases.

Mobb Deep would come to symbolize the projects they came from, telling tales of hardships and the socioeconomic struggles of the Projects. Their dark storytelling, combined with deep rhymes told tales of what life truly was like struggling in the projects.

XXL magazine recently went to Queensbridge to get reflections on Prodigy’s untimely death:

Born Albert Johnson, Prodigy would grow up on Long Island in Hempstead before his family moved to LeFrak City. It was while attending school the he met his future Mobb Deep partner Havoc. They initially performed as the Poetical Prophets, where they were included in Source magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” column. It was after changing their name to Mobb Deep in 1993, that they released their groundbreaking “Juvenile Hell” album. The Times would cite Mobb Deep as, “standard bearers for the sound of New York rap: unfazed, unsentimental, uncompromising.”

Prodigy’s death has had a massive impact on the entire NYC hip hop community. Murals, and other forms of remembrance have popped up all through the five boroughs:

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