[ED-OP] In Remembrance: Prodigy
Straight Official Magazine and TenthLetterMedia were saddened yesterday to hear of the loss of Hip-Hop icon Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The game has lost an undeniable force in the industry, as social media sites have been flooded with messages of support and love for his family from other artists. It’s been reported that while on tour in Las Vegas, the artist, entrepreneur and author was hospitalized due to complications from his sickle-cell anemia.
Albert Johnson seemed destined for greatness as his bloodline is linked to the founder of the historic Morehouse College. Alongside Havoc they were THE Infamous Mobb Deep who for over a decade held down N.Y. in Hip-Hop, period! Prodigy embraced the culture of Hip-Hop through both good and bad times in his career.
I like to think that in Hip-Hop sometimes a diss isn’t really that, but more about recognition of greatness. Throughout his career, Prodigy had memorable feuds with several artists but none more significant than when he was in the crosshairs of 2Pac. Pac was open about Prodigy’s sickle-cell anemia while hitting up both them and The Notorious B.I.G. and while he would come back with “Drop a Gem on ‘Em” after Pac died, the love was still there as Prodigy would work with collaborators of Pac and pay tribute to him in future works. I mean, look at all the real beefs that Hip-Hop had. They’re legends in the midst of those disses but in the end, real will always recognize real.
Prodigy’s presence will be greatly missed both in the industry and the world. From his impressive catalog of work, Return of the Mac was my personal favorite due to the work with Alchemist. Such a dope sophomore effort with no jinx in sight! “Quiet Storm” will be in rotation today as we take a look back on and reflect on one of Hip-Hop’s legends and the legacy we got to witness. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family as well as his fans. R.I.P to the H.N.I.C!!
The author Jerry Miller
Aspiring entertainment writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. I served as the Entertainment Editor for the largest African-American magazine in the city of Indianapolis.