Sad news in hip-hop today. One of hip-hop’s legends Prodigy, one-half of the Mobb Deep has passed away at 42. The news was broke by Nas on Instagram saying ‘Family. RIP Prodigy.’ Mobb Deep’s publicist confirmed his passing on XXL with the following message.
“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.”
An outpouring of condolences from rappers, the music industry, and fans were posted to social media today. Mobb Deep was known for their classic smash hit “Shook Ones Pt. 2” and their The Infamous & Hell on Earth albums.
We thank Prodigy for his tribute to hip-hop and may he rest in peace. Check out some classic hits from the rapper below!