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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dies Aged 42 In Las Vegas

Hip hop artist Prodigy from the group Mobb Deep has died aged 42 after performing in Las Vegas.

 

The legendary rapper suffered from sickle cell anaemia and was admitted to hospital just a few days ago after one of his performances in Las Vegas.

 

Tributes have been pouring in from the star's music peers including Nas, P Diddy, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne to name a few.

 

 

 

Family. We Mobb Deep 4 Ever. RIP PRODIGY

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A message for prodigy #RipProdigy

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Don't want to believe he's gone. Omg. RIP @prodigymobbdeep #QueensFinest

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The group Mobb Deep, Made up of duo Prodigy and Havoc, are considered to be one of the most successful bands of all time having released eight albums between 1993 and 2014 selling over three million records and racking up a number of hits including their most famous track 'Shook Ones' .

 

 

 

 

Bandmate Havoc also paid tribute to his friend shortly after the announcement was made, saying 'Forever' alongside a childhood picture of them both.

 

 

 

Forever

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In a statement from Prodigy's publicist Roberta Magrini it said, "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," Despite suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia since birth, the exact cause of the rapper's death has yet to be confirmed.

 

Mobb Deep reached their commercial peak with their platinum selling fourth album 'Murda Muzik' in 1999, which featured the hit track 'Quiet Storm'.

 

Born into a musical family, Albert Johnson popularly known as Prodigy grew up with Kejuan "Havoc" Muchita before deciding to form the group Mobb Deep, quickly becoming one of the most influential groups of the 1990's East Coast rap scene.

 

 

Frequently sparring with West Coast rappers like Snoop Dogg, the pair were mentioned in a couple of Tupac's songs including 'When We Ride On Our Enemies' and 'Hit 'Em Up'. In 2005 Mobb Deep were dropped by their record label Jive Records, later signing to 50 Cent's G-Unit.

 

Prodigy, also went on to release several solo projects including the critically acclaimed gold record H.N.I.C. 2000.

 

The rapper also became known by fans for releasing a cookbook of recipes he'd developed during his spell in prison, called Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Cookbook Prison.

 

The duo were performing together in Las Vegas last weekend as part of the Art of Rap tour, alongside rappers Ghostface Killah and Ice-T amongst others, when Prodigy was taken to hospital.

 

Prodigy leaves behind two daughters, T'Shaka and Tasia.

 

R.I.P Prodigy

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