Mobb Deep MC Prodigy dies, aged 42

The New York rapper was hospitalised several days ago due to complications caused by sickle cell anemia

Tributes have poured in for the Mobb Deep MC Prodigy, who has died aged 42.

Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, was hospitalised last week in Las Vegas due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis – a disease he has battled since birth. His death was confirmed earlier today (June 20), although no official cause of death has been given at this time.

A representative for Mobb Deep confirmed Prodigy’s passing in a statement [via Billboard].

“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 formed Mobb Deep with fellow MC Havoc in New York in 1992. The duo released their first album, ‘Juvenile Hell’, the following year.

Their breakout album, ‘The Infamous’, projected Mobb Deep to wider attention in 1995, and is considered a hip-hop classic. Their 1999 fourth album, ‘Murda Muzik’, went platinum upon release.

Mobb Deep’s final album, ‘The Infamous Mobb Deep’, was released in 2014.

Tributes to Prodigy have flooded in following the confirmation of the sad news. Nicki Minaj said that she didn’t “want to believe that he’s gone”, while Nas lauded the late MC as a “King.” Chuck D said he was “shattered” by news of Prodigy’s passing.

See a selection of tributes to Prodigy below.

Don't want to believe he's gone. Omg. RIP @prodigymobbdeep #QueensFinest

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🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

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Infamous. Goodbye Prodigy.

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