The hip-hop world has lost a legend in New York rapper Prodigy, one half of iconic duo Mobb Deep, who passed away this week at the age of 42.
According to a statement from his management (via Fairfax), Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital over the weekend due to “complications caused by a sickle cell anaemia crisis” and died a short time later.
“As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined,” the statement reads.
And tributes are now pouring in for the beloved emcee, who founded Mobb Deep with his partner-in-rhyme Havoc in 1992 and shot to mainstream success with their sophomore album The Infamous in ’95, which featured the iconic ‘Shook Ones Pt.II’.
Ice-T, Ghostface Killah, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Aussie artists like Bliss N Eso and Briggs, and Mobb Deep’s Havoc himself have all paid homage to the hip-hop pioneer (Ice-T & Ghostface were hanging with him in Vegas on Saturday just before his hospitalisation).
Read some of their social media eulogies below.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 20, 2017
— Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) June 20, 2017
Damn man…. Life is a gift. p was a gift to his fam and the rap world RIP P
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) June 20, 2017
Prodigy was a Legend. Was just listening to him yesterday. Remarkable career and voice. Such a dope MC. RIP.
— Senator Briggs (@Briggs) June 21, 2017
new york and the world just changed. rest in peace Prodigy.
— el-p (@therealelp) June 20, 2017
Thank You Prodigy. Rest in Peace, my friend. Running this from the top. pic.twitter.com/q2DSmPikCQ
— Mac (@MacMiller) June 20, 2017
Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. to and for his fam. Love. MOBB
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 20, 2017
#prodigy thanks for letting me get on that song with you and Havoc #prayforme And you always showing me love I was so hype when y'all knew who I was. One of my fave DUOs ever. LIT since day one. 42 years young is kinda hurting my heart. But I never question Allah and say why. I just say Alhamdulillah for everything. Love always Lil Mo #queens #QB #queensRUNit
Tragic news about Prodigy. RIP to one of the best 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dqX4bgXCIj
— BLISS N ESO (@blissneso) June 21, 2017
— The Funkoars (@funkoars) June 21, 2017