Celebrities React: Prodigy Of Mobb Deep Dead At 42

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Prodigy Dead Reaction

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Prodigy Dead Reaction

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Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, is dead. The iconic rapper was 42. See reaction and tributes below.

Prodigy’s passing comes just days after he and Havoc performed in Las Vegas. While a cause of death has not been announced, the hip-hop legend suffered from sickle cell anemia and was hospitalized in Nevada due to complications. He will not be remembered, however, for his health woes, but for his accomplishments in the music industry.

Born Albert Johnson, he and Havoc (real name: Kejuan Muchita) broke out with their second album, The Infamous, which was released in 1995. After two decades writing and performing together, the pair had a falling out in 2012. They reconciled the following year, and their last studio album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, came out in 2014. Together, their visceral lyrics and hardcore delivery greatly impacted East Coast rap.

Among those now reacting to Prodigy’s death is longtime friend, supporter and collaborator Nas. He was actually one of the first to confirm the news on social media, posting on Instagram, “QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever.” On Twitter, Russell Simmons wrote, “Love and light to the family and friends of Prodigy. One of Queen’s finest. He will be greatly missed.

“Dammmm Prodigy! Sleep in Peace brother you are appreciated,” tweeted Mack Maine. Charlamagne Tha God posted, “Damn Man. Prodigy dying hurt. Sad for Hip Hop.” Said Angie Martinez, “prodigy was the truth. very sad day #RIPProdigy.” Tariq Nasheed also wrote, “Our brother Prodigy from the legendary group #MobbDeep has passed away today at age 42. #RestInPower.”

Lil Wayne tweeted, “Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. to and for his fam. Love. MOBB.” Twista said the rapper was “a true legend of the game, one of the greats to put NY on the map #RIP #Prodigy.” Remarked El-P, “new york and the world just changed. rest in peace Prodigy.” Chuck D wrote, “Shattered hearing news of Prodigy while here Luxembourg tour. MobbDeep duo=nice guys, I would see him occasionally out in LI. #restinbeats.”

“Terrible terrible news damn #prodigy no words,” expressed Talib Kweli Greene‏. QTip commented, “Man I’m rocked by the news of my man p passing… So many memories w him n havoc n the fellas.. Man im @ a loss.” Tweeted Jay Electronica, “May Allah Be Pleased w our Brother. Your works remain.” Maxwell shared a photo, writing, “in loving memory.”

On Twitter and Instagram, Diddy posted old footage of himself rapping with the late performer, writing, “#RIPPRODIGY.” Nicki Minaj said on her own Instagram page, “Don’t want to believe he’s gone. Omg. RIP @prodigymobbdeep #QueensFinest.” Questlove declared in a post, “Infamous. Goodbye Prodigy.”

Back on Twitter, Ghostface Killah wrote, “Ghost Rest In Paradise young Blood @PRODIGYMOBBDEEP can’t believe you gone lord we was just chilling !! Hold ya head @mobbdeephavoc.” Shaquille O’Neal said, “Rest In Peace prodigy #reallyrics #hiphoplegend #legalmoney #mobbdeep4eva.” Mariah Carey tweeted video of “The Roof,” which Mobb Deep inspired, adding, “#RIPProdigy Gone too soon.” And Joel Madden simply stated, “RIP Prodigy.”

“RIP #hiphop #legend #prodigy #mobbdeep just saw him Saturday in Vegas at #AllEyezOnMe,” revealed Mike Tyson, adding, “#ShookOnes #condolences.” Rosie Perez expressed, “Hiphop Legend gone. Mind filled with 90’s NYC-nights at @StretchandBob show bobbing to MobbDeep while snapping on @koolboblove. #RipProdigy.” Donnie Wahlberg‏ also said, “Shook Ones Pt. 2 is still one of my 10 favorite hip hop songs of all time!” And Lin-Manuel Miranda‏ wrote, “Rest In Peace to Prodigy of Mobb Deep, writer of the immortal line “I’m only 19 but my mind is older.” Gossip Cop extends condolences to all of Prodigy’s friends, family and fans.

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