Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dead at 42

Albert Johnson (aka Prodigy) of iconic hip hop duo, Mobb Deep, has died at the age of 42.  The exact cause of death has not yet been determined, but his rep said it was due to complications from sickle cell anemia.

“As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth,” his rep said in a statement Tuesday.

he Hempstead-born rapper joined with fellow Queensbridge Houses resident Kejuan (Havoc) Muchita in the early 90’s to form Mobb Deep.  They were key figures in the New York City rap world and touted as being an integral component in the evolution of hip hop.  Havoc paid tribute to his friend and longtime rap partner on Instagram featuring the two as teenagers with the caption, “Forever.”

Known for their hard-core hip-hop style, the duo released their first album “Juvenile Hell” in 1993 and achieved mainstream success with the publication of their sophomore album, “The Infamous.”  The album is said to be one of their best works and features the song “Shook Ones (Part II,) which is hailed as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.

Prodigy’s career was put on hold in 2007 due to a 3-year stint in prison for gun possession.  He was released in 2011 and soon after dropped an album (their 8th and most recent) called “The Infamous Mobb Deep.” Prodigy also wrote a cookbook called “Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook” featuring healthy recipes to stay healthy in jail.

Known for their hard-core hip-hop style, the duo released their first album “Juvenile Hell” in 1993 and achieved mainstream success with the publication of their sophomore album, “The Infamous.”  The album is said to be one of their best works and features the song “Shook Ones (Part II,) which is hailed as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.

Prodigy’s career was put on hold in 2007 due to a 3-year stint in prison for gun possession.  He was released in 2011 and soon after dropped an album (their 8th and most recent) called “The Infamous Mobb Deep.” Prodigy also wrote a cookbook called “Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook” featuring healthy recipes to stay healthy in jail.

Our deepest condolences to his loved ones, may he rest in peace.

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