Sad news today. Queens rapper and hip-hop legend, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep fame), passed away today at the age of 42.
Prodigy was born Albert Johnson in Hempstead, Long Island. His career is the stuff of legend, and he’s made countless contributions to the game. He’s perhaps best known for forming Mobb Deep with Havoc, fellow rapper/producer, in 1992. They came straight out of the infamous Queensbridge Projects.
Their hardcore, gritty, genre-defining lyrical content and love for the art revolutionized the industry. If Pac, Snoop, and Dre were the voices of the West coast, Prodigy was one of the voices of the East coast. With Havoc, he helped invent the now infamous New York sound.
Prodigy’s publicist released the following statement to XXL:
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
We don’t know how long it’ll take to learn more about Prodigy’s death. For now, though, Twitter’s not been short on reactions and tributes to the fallen legend. Nas, Conway, and Joe Budden were some of the first to pay homage. You won’t have to look far today on Twitter to find big-hearted condolences to the rapper, his family, and his fans. It’s a sad day for hip-hop.
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