One-half of iconic New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, Prodigy, has passed away at the age of 42. It has been reported that the veteran emcee was hospitalized days prior due to complications related to sickle cell anemia. As for now, however, a cause of death has yet to be disclosed.
“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,” Mobb Deep’s publicist said in a statement. “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.”
Since the tragic news broke, fellow artists — including his partner, Havoc — and fans alike have taken to social media to express their heartbreak surrounding Prodigy’s passing.
Prodigy and Havoc dropped their first demo together, albeit under the Poetical Prophets moniker, back in 1992. Following, they then released their Mobb Deep debut, Juvenile Hall, later that same year. In total, the famed duo delivered eight Mobb Deep records, their last being 2014’s The Infamous Mobb Deep.
In addition, Prodigy embarked on a solo career as well in 2000, going on to release a handful of projects and mixtapes.
Rest in power, Albert Johnson.
- Source: Rolling Stone