The hip-hop world has lost a legend in NY rapper Prodigy, one half of iconic duo Mobb Deep, who passed away this week at the age of 42. The rapper's publicist said in a statement Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis".
Prodigy had just performed on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada with his partner Havoc, as well as KRS-One, Ice-T, Ghostface Killah and Onyx.
Born Albert Johnson, the rapper's family had a storied history.
Prodigy's great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia's Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church, CNN reported.
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His grandfather, Albert "Budd" Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Prodigy from hip-hop duo Mobb Deep has died.
Prodigy met his Mobb Deep collaborator, Kejuan "Havoc" Muchita, in high school, releasing their debut album, Juvenile Hell, in 1993.
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The Mobb Deep rapper arrived at The Mirage for the official after-party at 1OAK.
After the turn of the millennium, the group's sound became more commercial and it released a series of indifferently received albums - including 2006's "Blood Money", their first as part of 50 Cent's G-Unit clique - over the following years.
Both men dealt with their fair share of legal troubles in their lives. Prodigy faced prison time in 2007 for illegal firearm possession following incidents in 2003 and 2006.
Variety mentions Mobb Deep's feuds with Tupac Shakur and Jay-Z. The Queensbridge rapper has long suffered from sickle cell anemia, and appeared to be battling an emergency related to the condition.
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Musicians around the world have paid tribute to American rapper Prodigy who has died aged 42.