Born November 2, 1974, Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy of Mobb Deep, which was not only a rapper, But a writer and an entrepreneur.
Today, we recognize not only the day on which he was successful, and changed it. But, we will be celebrating the life and career of one of the ship-Hop’s most talented artists, and it is certainly one of the most recognizable voices in the genre.
“RIP ” Prodigy”. One of the greatest rappers of all time, no debate. I can’t believe he’s been gone for 3 years already. Also, “Keep It Thoro” is a PERFECT song. The opening bars are to be above reproach. It’s a shame that most of his solo catalog is not available on streaming, ” tweeted Andrew Barber of the Chicago-based Fakeshore Drive.
This sentiment seems to be in no doubt shared by others across the Hip-Hop Community. As fans, bloggers and important people in the music an expression of their love and admiration for the legendary rapper from Queens, new york.
And who can forget, in 1995, the Second full-length Album “The Most? That was one of the illest tracks in Hip Hop History, and “yo”. It’s safe to say that this is the album that catapulted, not just the Prodigy to superstardom, but a group mate Havoc as well. Cementing them as one of the top dips into the history of the genre.
There are so many outstanding songs to choose from, and if we have a deep respect for the life of the “Prodigy”. The “yo”(Pt2) to the Survival OF The Fittest. The “I Shot Ya” Remix feat l.l. Cool J feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe and Foxy Brown, and my personal favorite “an eye For an eye”(Your beef Is Mines) feat Nas and Raekwon.
“That’s when I said, “well, I’m only 19 but my mind is old, in that time, when I said that line, I was in the 18” – the Prodigy
The legendary singer ran into some legal complications that ultimately led to the Prodigy is becoming more and more aware of the lack of balance in our system of justice. In March of 2011, Prodigy was released from Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, N.Y., after serving for three years on a charge of weapons possession. Something that he saw in the 6 months shaved off his sentence for Good Behavior.
“You have to have people there from all walks of life: those who make mistakes and have to deal with the consequences, a mother and a father. You wouldn’t expect them to be in prison.”
“Prodigy” is often referred to as the problem of injustice, and the pieces of the fractured relationship between African-Americans and the police have been hired to work in the community. But it was his point of view on prison life to be the greatest, due to the existing problems.
“I couldn’t afford to be sick, to be put in jail. My sickle cell is no joke, so I couldn’t eat badly or not exercise. Everything in the prison was designed to do exactly the opposite”.
Prodigy wasn’t the only elite rapper. But as a renowned author as well. In the borough of Queens, new york native, has published several books throughout his career. Including My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deeps Prodigy, in the year 2012. The other titles are The H. N. I. C: An Infamous Novella (2013), a book that will surprise the fans for sure: in 2016, the publication, The Commissioner Of Food: My Most Notorious Prison Book.
In a recent interview with Vibe Magazine, in November 2000, the Prodigy, talking about what inspired him to tackle his life-long struggle with sickle-cell anemia in the song, “You Can Never Feel My Pain“. That is, it was featured on the The H. N. I. C.
In a statement, the Prodigy gave fans an insight into his condition and what he was up to at the same time raising awareness. “I have a deadly disease called sickle cell anemia that I was born with that is affecting millions of other people – especially in the Black and Latino cultures. I have a feeling that I can inspire other people with this sickle cell disease to be strong and believe in yourself”.
Unfortunately, on the morning of June 20, 2017, the Prodigy and was found as a response to the medical staff after being admitted to the Spring Valley Medical Center. He was transported to the facility after suffering a medical episode, a performance of a life-long struggle with sickle-cell anemia. It is documented that the tradition is passed down from “accidental suffocation”.
Whether it was through his published works as an author, public speaking on health issues in the black community, or just to be a blessing to us and his wild show to the painful traces; the Prodigy will no doubt live on as one of our generations leading voices on the street. With a voice that will inspire many for years and decades to come.