Prodigy of Mobb Deep dead at age 42The news comes after the Queens rapper recently performed a show in Las Vegas.
Jun 20, 2017

In unfortunate news, legendary Queens rapper Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has passed away at 42.

In a statement to REVOLT, a representative for the rapper, born Albert Johnson, confirmed the news. "Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," the statement reads. "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."

Hip-hop pays its respects to Prodigy on social media after his death

An exact cause of death has yet to be revealed.

The Queens rapper had been battling sickle cell anemia since birth. The news of the rapper's passing first broke when Nas posted his photo on Instagram with the caption, "QB RIP King P."

🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on

Prodigy served as one half of Mobb Deep alongside Havoc. The Queensbridge natives released their debut album Juvenile Hell in 1993 and went on to flourish as one of rap's greatest duos of all-time. "From that demo, we knew we had something," P would tell REVOLT in an interview last year during Mobb Deep's first ever jazz show. "When we first came in we were young minded, but [at that point] we had to prove ourselves. So that's the attitude we was proving ourselves."

Insider Access | Mobb Deep celebrate 'The Infamous' at Blue Note
RelatedBobbito Garcia shares a Prodigy memory from Mobb Deep's 'Poetical Prophets' daysAlso, check Mobb Deep's classic 1994 freestyle on the Stretch and Bobbito Show.REVOLT TVREVOLT News | Breaking News: Prodigy of Mobb Deep passes away at 42He was hospitalized due to complications caused by his sickle cell anemia.RevoltHavoc of Mobb Deep talks about Prodigy's deathHavoc tragically recalls the moments when he found out about his comrade's passing.William E. Ketchum IIIRumor Report | Rest in peace ProdigyProdigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42.Revolt12017 REVOLT Music ConferenceWe honor Queen Latifah as Lauryn, SZA, & more perform.2Ten years later: Kanye West's 'Graduation' is his career-defining albumFoundation for his legacy.3Watch this rare Jay-Z 'Blueprint'-era interviewRecorded shortly before the album dropped in 2001.4Interview | Tove LoOn flashing, female youth, honest songwriting, and more..5Kanye West's 'Graduation' vs. 50 Cent's 'Curtis'Revisiting the greats on their 10th anniversary.6Day N Night 2017 | The ultimate recapThe photos, performances, and moments you missed7Interview | MC HammerOn Tupac & Prince friendships, JAY-Z beef & more8Fabolous's 'Ghetto Fabolous' is imperfect, but undeniable An underrated debut.9'Drink Champs' | Tech N9neOn his first rhyme, uncategorizable music, and independent label.10Interview | BOSCOOn the standout tracks from 'b.', being a multifaceted woman, and