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    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:25:34

    Mobb Deep's Prodigy Is Dead At 42; Vince Staples, Nicki Minaj, Big Boi & Many Others Pay Tribute -

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    Prodigy, one half of East Coast hip hop duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at the age of 42. A statement explains the rapper, "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."

    Prodigy, who was born Albert Johnson, was born in Long Island, New York. In 1992, he formed Mobb Deep with Havoc. The duo went on to release eight albums, including four that reached the top 5 of the U.S. Billboard 200. Altogether, Mobb Deep sold over three million albums, with their music being praised for its gritty and raw portrayal of street life in New York City.

    Prodigy released a number of albums outside of Mobb Deep, including four solo albums. He also records two records with The Alchemist.

    A number of artists from around the world have paid tribute to the legend, including El-P, Danny Brown, Biz Markie, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Flying Lotus, Talib Kweli, Pro Era, Vince Staples, Questlove, Q-Tip, Aesop Rock, DJ Premier, Ghostface Killah, Heems, Action Bronson, Nicki Minaj, and Big Boi. Read them below.




    R.I.P. TO MY MAN FROM THE LEGENDARY GROUP MOBB DEEP PRODIGY ANOTHER ONE OF OUR SOLDIERS GONE TO HEAVEN😔😢😢😢

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    Infamous. Goodbye Prodigy.

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    We keep losing our great ones... To my dude Bandana P... R.I.P. Prodigy of The Infamous MOBB DEEP... We got crazy memories! Condolences To Your Family! @prodigymobbdeep @mobbdeephavoc #HNIC

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    Don't want to believe he's gone. Omg. RIP @prodigymobbdeep #QueensFinest

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    "I been doing this shit for years. Holding heat, selling, using, abusing all kinds of drugs. Robbing niggas, running up in niggas cribs, you know, the whole shit. So don't ever in your life get me confused with some of them other niggas that you might see on tv, or hear on the radio & such. Know what I'm saying? I mean this is me, P, I'm speaking for my fucking self. When you see me at the show, on stage, or in the street, I definitely got the gat on me you know what I'm saying? Know what I mean? & it ain't like I'm trying to be a tough guy, or make people think I'm crazy by saying all this shit… but what it is is that, I know how niggas get down. I used to be in the clubs, The Muse, The Tunnel, whatever the fuck. Niggas get they little drink on having fun with they little crew, start cutting, shooting or whatever, things like that. A lot of these so called rap niggas aint never seen no parts of that shit you know what I'm saying? You dig where Im coming from? & I know a lot of y'all niggas, matter fact all y'all niggas listening to this shit is like "Yeah, we gon see them Mobb Deep niggas we gon see what they about. You know what I'm saying? Touch them niggas we gon see where they head is at. So yo, I'm gonna let you niggas know right now. You ain't gotta waste your time, or your money on your hospital bills. & if you step to me on a personal level I don't back down easy. There's a good chance your ass either gonna get shot, stabbed, or knuckled down..one out of the three. So don't gamble with your life duke word up. & believe me, I know very well I could get shot, stabbed or fucked up too, whatever. I ain't "Supernigga, I'm a little skinny mutha fucka. It's all about who gets who first, though you know what I'm saying? So therefore, say no more. To all my niggas, get the money, frontin niggas get deceased. And oh yeah, to all them rap ass niggas with your half assed rhymes talking about how much you get high, how much weed you smoke, & that crazy space shit that don't even make no sense, don't ever speak to me when you see me, know what I'm saying? Word. I'ma have to get on some ol' high school shit, start punching niggas in they faces for living." -HNIC

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