Mobb Deep Star Prodigy Dead At 42

Marie Harrington
June 21, 2017

With a heavy heart, we can now confirm the unfortunate passing of Mobb Deep's Prodigy.

After performing in Las Vegas over the weekend, the rapper, born Albert Johnson, was hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell disease, his publicist said. He had battled the disease since birth.

The exact cause of death is yet to be determined.

While we wait for more information about Prodigy's untimely death to arise, we'll be bumping Mobb Deep and remembering the massive influence he and Havoc had on the rise of East Coast hip-hop's golden age.

As a rivalry emerged between the two coasts, Mobb Deep became one of the banner-holders for NY hip-hop along with The Notorious B.I.G., who would be shot dead in 1997.

"The Mobb comes equipped for warfare, beware", Prodigy rapped in one of his opening shots of the song, which appeared on the album "The Infamous". At the time of his hospitalization, Prodigy was on tour with his Mobb Deep partner Kejuan Muchita a.k.a Havoc and several other artists including Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T.

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Rapper Nas marked his death by posting a picture of the star on his Instagram page with the caption: "QB RIP King P".

He's battled health problems for years, most notably suffering from sickle cell, but right now the cause of death is unknown.

As a solo artist, Prodigy released a slew of albums, starting with 2000's H.N.I.C. and ending with 2012's The Bumpy Johnson Album. The next year, they were signed to 4th & Broadway Records for their debut album, Juvenile Hall.

The pair bonded over their shared love of hip hop and formed Mobb Deep.

Writing from prison where he was serving time for gun possession in 2008, Prodigy reflected, "My hardheaded ass took the long rocky road to get to this point, but at least I've finally made it". "Learn from me. You don't have go through it yourself", he said.

2011 also brought Prodigy's memoirs, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy.

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