At the young age of 42, Albert Johnson AKA Prodigy has passed away days after being hospitalized from Sickle Cell Anemia. Growing up there were a few rappers that truly made me appreciate hip hop, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy being one of them. I distinctly remember when two of my closest friends let me borrow ‘The Infamous’ and ‘Hell On Earth’ albums for the first time. I haven’t stopped playing them since. So the unfortunate news of his death has impacted me in more ways than the usual.
Prodigy was one of New York’s most memorable MCs and leaves behind a heap of classic tracks and quotables that influenced his generation of rappers and beyond. Johnson’s battle with Sickle Cell Anemia was never kept from his fans, even Tupac threw jabs at his known weakness in the infamous diss track ‘Hit ‘Em Up’. P was always upfront about it and recorded a track named You Can Never Feel My Pain detailing the struggles with the disease in his debut solo album, HNIC.
As we sit here reminiscing and listening to nothing but Mobb Deep and Prodigy solo records, we decided to make a best of playlist because P had way too many dope tracks not to share.
Rest In Peace Prodigy.