Prodigy, one half of the influential New York rap duo Mobb Deep, has died, a press release from his publicist launched to information retailers Tuesday confirmed. He was 42.
Celebrated for his or her gripping, noir tales of extralegal exploits of their native Queens, Mobb Deep helped outline hip-hop’s first golden age in New York within the mid ’90s with their 1995 album The Notorious. Its most well-known single, the eerie and flinty-eyed “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” launched a slang different to the previous tense of “shake” that has endured in widespread vernacular.
“It’s with excessive disappointment and disbelief that we verify the dying of our pricey buddy Albert Johnson, higher identified to thousands and thousands of followers as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” a press release from Prodigy’s publicist learn. “Prodigy was hospitalized a couple of days in the past in Las Vegas after a Mobb Deep efficiency for issues brought on by a sickle cell anemia disaster. As most of his followers know, Prodigy battled the illness since start.”