The rapper Prodigy, who was one of two members of group Mobb Deep alongside Havoc, has passed away at the age of 42.
Albert Johnson, who is also known as Prodigy, was on the “Art of Rap” tour along with Ghostface Killah, Onylx, KRS-One, and Ice-T and others in Las Vegas.
The cause of death
The late rapper lived with several health complaints throughout his life. However, the cause of the death is yet to be revealed. He had lived with sickle cell anaemia, which can cause a painful blockage of blood flow.
“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”, his publicist said in a statement. “Prodigy was hospitalised a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anaemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Prodigy’s first debut in the music industry was in the 1990s with his Mobb Depp partner, Havoc. The pair achieved commercial success in 1995 after releasing their critically acclaimed album The Infamous, which sold over 500,000 copies two months after release. Then, they took their career to a further level when they released the album Hell on Earth which was well-received by the critics as well.
The late rapper was born into a musical family as his grandfather and great-uncle both worked in the music industry during the Bebop era of jazz. Prodigy’s mother was a member The Crystals, which was a vocal group that hit the 1960s.