Last Tuesday, the rap game was taken by surprise when legendary hip hop MC, Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson was pronounced dead at the young age of 42.
Fans are still mourning the loss of the rapper, and this is because rap fans grew up listening to Prodigy… whether it was a track from the group, Mobb Deep or from one of his solo projects.
The hip hop community and residents of Queensbridge are especially taking the untimely death of P Double very hard. This is because QBs very own Havoc, and Prodigy, always rhymed about the socioeconomic conditions and struggles of the neighborhood. The two would frequently visit the projects to show love and work with up and coming artists and musicians. In doing so, the rap duo earned the respect from the community. Queens bridge helped the rap duo find their identity in the industry, as well as influencing many of their projects.
With all of their story telling of the everyday struggles within the notorious projects, Mobb Deep became symbolic. Fans experienced the influence that the Long Island native, Prodigy had on the hood. They saw his career blossom from the slums of the projects to rap stardom.
Queensbridge residents reflect on Prodigy’s legacy, check out XXL Magazines exclusive video below:
R.I.P Prodigy. Our condolences go out to his friends and family through this tough time.