Prodigy who is one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep has been pronounced dead at the age of 42.
Prodigy’s publicist made a statement Tuesday saying that Prodigy was hospitalized days before in Las Vegas, Nevada “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” The late rapper has battled sickle cell anemia his whole life.
The group Mobb Deep is best known for their Hip-Hop clasic album “The Infamous” which released the hip-hop classic single “Shook Ones” , where the lyric that says “aint no such thing as half way crooks” is embedded in the culture forever.
Tupac made the rapper’s health conditions very known to the world on the song hit em up when Tupac says “Don’t one of you niggas got sickle-cell or somethin’?
You’re fuckin’ with me, nigga
You fuck around and have a seizure or a heart attack”. He again gave reference on the Makveli album on the song Against All Odds’ when he gave mention to the rappers life condition calling him out through diss lyrics that said “dont you got sickle cell!”.
The exact cause of death was not clear, acckrding to the representative.
“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,” the statement read. “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Prodigy put out a cookbook containing prison recipes in 2016, inspired from his time on lockdown. The title of the book is “Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook,” Infamous is Prodigy’s own brand at Brooklyn-based Akashic Books.
Albert Prodigy Johnson, as it was known, raised in a musical family. His grandfather played as a jazz musician, his grandmother taught dance and owned a dance studio. Prodigy’s mother was a member of the group the Crystals (popular in the 1960’s)
Prodigy was in Las Vegas, Nevada for a performance.