The world of hip hop and music lost another great yesterday as it was confirmed that Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy and one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep died from complications from sickle cell. He was 42 years old.
Prodigy’s contribution to the rap game was and will be insurmountable. Mobb Deep rose to fame after their 1995 release of the single Shook Ones Pt. 2 off their album The Infamous, that went certified gold in the first two months. Mobb Deep was known for their evocative beats care of producer Havoc and visceral rhymes by Prodigy.
Beyond that, Johnson branched out and did a number of different things throughout his career. In 2011, he released a memoir entitled My Infamous Life. When he wasn’t creating music and touring, he would lecture at universities across the US educating people about the prison system and was an advocate for improving the quality of life for inmates. He later released Commissionary Kitchen, a cookbook that features an invasive look of what consuming food inside a prison is like. Along with recipes, Johnson offers some personal experiences during his three year sentence.
The news of his death shocked the music world, hitting both celebrities and fans alike. Tributes and memories shared of first discovering his music to personal accounts with the artist swarmed social media. Artist such as Havoc, Ghostface Killah, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Just Blaze and many others shared their thoughts.
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson’s contribution to the hip hop world will live on through his timeless rhymes. His legacy will remain through the influence of many current artists and those to come.
Tune into Speakerbox Radio tonight at 9pm eastern time on fusionradio.ca or the TuneIn app as we pay tribute by playing some of the many great tracks released by the infamous duo, Mobb Deep.
Rhyme In Peace to a real one,