The world of Hip Hop fans is saddened by the news of the passing of another legend.
Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy of the Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.
The New York based artist was hospitalized for the past few days in a Las Vegas because of complications due to sickle cell anemia, according to a statement from his publicist. Before being hospitalized, he was performing in the Art of Rap Tour alongside Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, Onyx and Ice- T. Prodigy was 42 years old.
Prodigy, and fellow rapper Havoc, both came into the music scene with the release of their debut album “Juvenile Hell” in 1993, but found major success for the first time with their sophomore album “The Infamous”. The album featured the classic hit “Shook Ones Pt. II”, which also helped propel their career to mainstream stardom in the hip hop community. Prodigy released 8 albums as a part of Mobb Deep, as well as 8 solo albums. Prodigy also released an autobiography titled “My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy.”
He will be missed by many…
As someone who is considered a legendary lyricist, as well as a good friend to those around him, many celebrities have expressed their emotions at the untimely passing of Prodigy. “Prodigy! RIP I’ll never forget going to New York and hearing Mobb Deep for the first time,” producer Flying Lotus tweeted. Rap mogul Russell Simmons shared a post saying “Love and light to the family and friends of prodigy. One of Queens’ finest. He will be greatly missed.” Fellow member of Mobb Deep and lifelong friend Havoc shared multiple pictures of him and Prodigy expressing his brotherhood with the artist on his Instagram page.
The Hip Hop community has lost yet another influential figure, especially in the realm of Gangsta Rap and East Coast Hip Hop. However, he will continue to live on through his friends, fans and music. R.I.P. to “The Infamous”, Prodigy.
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson