Prodigy of Mobb Deep has passed away.
Following a life-long battle with sickle cell, the legendary rapper has succumbed to the disease at the age of 42.
Prodigy’s publicist has confirmed his passing. He died in Las Vegas following “complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” Read the full statement (via XXL) below:
“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,” the publicist said. “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.”
Nas posted on Instagram, “QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever,” along with a picture of Prodigy.
Words don’t begin to describe Prodigy’s impact on hip-hop, so for now, we just wish peace for his family and friends. Rest in Paradise, Prodigy.
Prodigy was one of the people who raised me lyrically so I’ll basically be sad all day..
— ROYCE (@Royceda59) June 20, 2017
new york and the world just changed. rest in peace Prodigy.
— el-p (@therealelp) 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
Damn…. say it ain’t so… Prodigy was one of my biggest influences and one of the nicest rappers to ever breathe on a track. Really, i’m such a huge fan of P this is heartbreaking. I read his Autobiography last year and it was so inspiring to me… When he reached out to me a while back to show love it was the coolest fucking thing ever. Gone but not forgotten queensbridge royalty 41st side king. R.I.P. 👑
— Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) June 20, 2017
— DJ Green Lantern (@DJGREENLANTERN) June 20, 2017
I’m sick to my stomach, what terrible news to wake up to. RIP Prodigy one of my favourite rappers of all time, can’t believe this.
— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) 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
I got you stuck off the realness… First time I heard/saw Mobb Deep was the Shook Ones video and I instantly connected bcuz not only did they sound authentic to OUR streets that I was on but they looked like US too. Whether it was shooting videos in the projects wit they niggas holding gallons of Henny or chilling on Housing Projects benches or riding in Acura Legend's wearing bandana's, me being a young NYC kid from the Projects at the time they spoke our language & was the REALNESS!! Prodigy's unorthodox flow & aggressive (without raising his voice) cadence was one of the illest in the game. When he said "rock you in ya face, stab ya brain wit ya nose bone" you felt it!! I got so many memories from riding to school for months listening to The Infamous album to being in The Tunnel nightclub when @funkflex played Quiet Storm & Queens would go crazy!! Damn!! RIP to our fallen soldier, the legend Prodigy aka P aka H.N.I.C. Sleep in Paradise! 🙏🏾