Written by Samee Anibaba
Albert Johnson, more widely known as the rapper Prodigy from the legendary Hip-Hop group Mobb Deep has recently been confirmed to have passed away this week. The news came from Nas’ Instagram, and has been confirmed. W
hile the cause of death remains unclear, it is speculated to most likely be an issue with his sickle-cell anaemia, which he has suffered with all his life.
The legendary rapper has contributed to some of the greatest music and some of the hardest verses, most notably as part of the two man group Mobb Deep, with his long-time friend and musical partner Havoc. Mobb Deep are mostly known for their gritty, dark and violent tales of New York through old school rap classics like Shook Ones.
However, Prodigy also had his own stage in the spotlight; dropping classic albums such as HNIC and sticking to the gritty New York sound that made him, even after being released from prison in 2011 after serving 3 years.
His influence has been recognised by many rappers paying their respects, from mainstream names like Drake, to long time collaborators like Nas and 50 Cent, and even singers like Justin Timberlake and Anderson. Paak.
His recent reformation, recommitment to his music and his influence over rap, as well as his relatively young age make this a deeply upsetting moment for rap music as a whole.