Newswire: R.I.P. Prodigy from Mobb Deep

As confirmed by Pitchfork, rap icon Prodigy from hip-hop duo Mobb Deep has died. He was reportedly hospitalized after a recent Mobb Deep show in Las Vegas due to complications from sickle cell anemia, a disease he battled since birth. However, the exact cause of death has not been revealed. The news of Prodigy’s death first came from rapper Nas, who posted a memorial for Prodigy on Instagram. He was 42.

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Born Albert Johnson in 1974, Prodigy came from a long line of musicians. His grandfather was a jazz musician, his mother was a member of ’60s pop group The Crystals, and he launched his own music career in the ‘90s by partnering with his fellow MC Havoc, a.k.a. Kejuan Muchita. Under the name Mobb Deep, Prodigy and Havoc released their debut album, Juvenile Hell, in 1993, but they didn’t really find mainstream popularity …

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