Prodigy, one-half of the legendary rap duo Mobb Deep, died in Las Vegas at the age of 42.
Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, battled health problems for years, most notably suffering from sickle cell, however, the cause of death is unknown at this time. Johnson was found unconscious on the morning of Tuesday, June 20 and was pronounced dead the same day.
Johnson was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the “Art of Rap” tour alongside Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, Ice-T and others. He performed on Saturday night and appeared to be in good health. There was also an advertised afterparty at popular nightclub 1OAK in Las Vegas following the show.
Mobb Deep’s publicist sent XXL the following statement:
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy 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. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Best Prodigy Quotes & Lyrics
“Life is a gamble, we scramble for money. I might crack a smile but ain’t a damn thing funny.”
“Take these words home and think it through, or the next rhyme I write might be about you.”
“There’ll be manslaughter right in front of my kids, a little blood get on my daughter, that’s nothing she’ll live.”
“There’s a war goin on outside no man is safe from. You could run but you can’t hide forever from these streets we done took. You walkin with your head down, scared to look.”
“Your days are numbered in low digits, you look suspicious. Suspect n***as is bitches. Get chopped up, Grade A meat, somethin’ delicious.”
“For all those who wanna profile and pose, rock you in your face, stab your brain wit’ your nosebone.”
“I’m lethal when I see you, there is no sequel, 24-7, Mac-11 is my people. So why you wanna your little life like this? Cause now you a bump head wit kids that’s lifeless.”
“Yo the P rock 40-inch cables, drinkin’ white label. My chain hang down to my d*ck, my piece bang glass tables.”
“Scared to death ni***as fall as they worst fear. My retail’ls in braille for vision impaired. You lookin for P, well you can find him everywhere. In a project near you, I’ll be right there.”