Earlier, My Instagram notifications from all my favorite hip-hop sites had kept going off left and right. Normally I causally check them, and swipe to the left to make them disappear. However, after repeatedly seeing photos with Prodigy’s face in the notification bar, I knew something was up.
The hip-hop world just lost a legendary emcee today.
Prodigy, one-half of legendary New York rap duo Mobb Deep, passed away at age 42.
Currently, he was on the “Art of Rap” tour in Las Vegas with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and other artists. Although the official cause of death hasn’t been verified, sources close to Prodigy suspect he died due to sickle cell complications, something he’s faced since birth.
A publicist for Mobb Deep sent a statement to XXL quoting this: “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
The full statement can be read here.
Fellow Queens rapper was the first one to reveal the devastating news to the world with an Instagram post saying, “QB RIP KING P. PRODIGY FOR EVER.”