Prodigy of Mobb Deep reportedly dead at 42

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Hip-hop legend Albert “Prodigy” Johnson has reportedly died. On  June 20, Nas posted an Instagram photo with the caption, “QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever.” Details of Prodigy’s reported death has yet to be released.

Raised in the Queensbridge section of New York, Prodigy, 42, joined his childhood friend Havoc to form Juvenile Hell in the early 1990s. They changed their names to Mobb Deep and released the classic song “Shook Ones” along with their debut album The Infamous in 1995. The group would eventually release six albums together and released their last album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, in 2014.

Prodigy also released seven albums and was scheduled to drop another album in 2017.

During a recent interview with rapper AZ, he revealed why he chose to feature Prodigy on his latest song “Save Them.” “His lyrical sword is sharp,” AZ said about Prodigy. “We all love lyrics. Me knowing all of what his discography contains, we wanted to bring lyrics back to the table.”



A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.


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