Prodigy, one half of legendary New York rap duo Mobb Deep passed away yesterday at the age of 42. The Queens born MC was admitted to hospital in Las Vegas to due to complications from sickle cell anemia, a disease the rapper had suffered with from birth. The cause of his death is still being investigated.
In the hours since the news of Prodigy’s death was announced the hip hop community has reacted with shock and sadness. Flying Lotus, El P, Lil Wayne, Anderson .Paak and many more have shared tributes to the MC, who alongside his Mobb Deep partner Havoc, sold over the three million records, two of which, The Infamous and Hell on Earth are considered among the best hip hop records of all time.
During the course of their career Mobb Deep collaborated with everyone from Nas to Ghostface Killa and have been held in high regard as pioneers of East Coast gangsta rap. Known for their brutally realistic depictions of life in the New York suburb of Queens, Mobb Deep found fame at an early age, with Prodigy and Havoc growing up together and attending the same high school in Queens. Prodigy had also recently published two books, an autobiography titled My Infamous Life and a cookbook My Commissary Kitchen, inspired by his time serving a three year sentence for gun possession.
In a statement to XXL a representative for Mobb Deep said: “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.”
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.