Hip-Hop Reacts to Prodigy’s Death
News broke today (June 20) that Queens rapper Prodigy passed away at age 42.
Born Albert Johnson in Hempstead, N.Y., Prodigy formed the duo Mobb Deep with rapper-producer Havoc in 1992 out of the Queensbridge Projects. Together, Havoc and P bolstered the game with imaginative lyricism and hardcore, gritty delivery. For his entire career, Prodigy was known as a voice of the East Coast while Havoc helped create the signature sound of New York in the 1990s.
Upon hearing news of his death, XXL reached out to Prodigy's publicist for confirmation and received this statement:
“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.”
As details surrounding his passing are starting to come to light, members of the hip-hop world are reacting online. MCs like Nas, Joe Budden, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Drake, Cormega and more are sharing their shock and condolences.
Check out which rappers and producers are reacting to the sudden death of the Mobb Deep member and Queens legend. R.I.P. Prodigy.
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