Another one! [*Dj Khaled voice]
Today Hip Hop lost a real soldier of the game, Albert Johnson — better known as Prodigy. Half of the infamous Queens duo Mobb Deep, 42-year-old Prodigy was the epitome of the Hip Hop that real heads loved. He was really about that street shit, he came up in an era where skills reigned supreme, and he had a distinctive vocal tone and way with words that will ultimately help uphold his legacy, which is an untouchable catalog.
Over the course of his epic career, Prodigy worked with some of the most prominent architects in modern Hip Hop culture. From the hand, Q-Tip played in Mobb’s classic sophomore album, to his work with Nas during the Illmatic era — all the way to his later amalgamation with the G-Unit team — P has been traversing the game for well over 25 years. More importantly, he never left his core audience or compromised his integrity, even in the face of the ever-changing landscape of the music industry.
Sidebar, if you haven’t read his book, punch yourself in the face.
He’s very vocally suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia all his life, and it appears complications from the disorder ultimately led to his death.
This is a monumental loss, though. At the moment I find it hard to write with a clear head, as P was truly one of my favourite rappers of all times.