The hip-hop world lost one of the most influential MC’s of all time in Prodigy from the group Mobb Deep.
Prodigy, who’s real name is Albert Johnson, is from Queens, NY came on the scene in the mid-90’s with his friend Havoc formed the group Mobb Deep and started off with their first album Juvenile Hell, but in 1995 they dropped one of Hip-Hop’s most decorated albums to date The Infamous which gave us classics such as Shook Ones II, Survival of The Fittest, Eye For an Eye and Q.U. Hectic.
The group always seemed to stay relevant in a music genre that can easily forget all about you, Prodigy has done several solo projects, most notably his H.N.I.C. album was a pretty good album although it wasn’t well received when it was released.
Mobb Deep at one point was signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records but it was only for a short stay. Prodigy had done a stint in prison and came home looking completely different in stature with a more muscular frame.
Many thought that couldn’t be possible due to his constant struggle with sickle cell anemia, an incurable disease that affects many African-Americans around the world that puts you in uncontrollable pain throughout the body to the point where hospital visits become the norm.
Prodigy recently passed away at the age of 42, causes has not yet been revealed and this one has hit yours truly pretty hard because I actually grew up listening to his music and met him at a concert in Chicago so at this point let’s allow him to live through the good music that he’s put out over the years.