Prodigy, of Legendary East Coast hip-hop group ‘Mobb Deep’, has unfortunately passed away at the young age 42; a representative for the rapper has confirmed.
The rappers publicist statement explained;
“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.”
News first broke of the rapper’s passing when Nas posted a photo of him to his Instagram, captioned “QB RIP King P.”
DubCNN has featured and interviewed Prodigy on a number of occasions, including this one in 2006. Down the years he also dropped a number of shouts to DubCNN;
In 2011 we also rekeased exclusive footage of Mobb Deep in their first performance in Los Angeles in quite some time.
Prodigy (real name Albert Johnson) co-founded the hip-hop duo ‘Mobb Deep’ with Kejuan Muchita (better known as Havoc) in the early 1990’s. They released numerous successful projects both as a group and as solo acts. With Havoc supplying haunting, adrenaline-pumping production, the two emcees would annihilate verses, while solidifying their ‘Infamous’ reputation; striking fear within faint hearts, then extracting that fear for energy. He also made history with his role in many highly publicized rap beefs, including Tupac, Jay-Z, and Keith Murray. The exact cause of death is not known at this time. This unfortunate news was confirmed by a statement from his publicist.
“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.”
R.I.P. Prodigy. The Infamous.