Hip-hop is shocked by the passing of Mobb Deep member Prodigy.
“To all my killers and my hundred-dollar billers,” begins “Shook Ones Part II,” perhaps the most-quoted single verse in rap history. Sadly, the voice behind it is no longer with us as Prodigy died yesterday at the age of 42.
With over 20 years in rap’s spotlight, Prodigy and partner-in-rhyme Havoc went from teenage rappers in the early ’90s to icons of the influential Queensbridge rhyme style. From slang to subject matter to stoicism, Prodigy was the soft-spoken rhyme assassin whose two decades on the mic remain one of the most tumultuous long-term tales in the industry.
Fellow Queensbridge native Nas broke the story over Twitter yesterday afternoon. Since then, tributes have been pouring out from all corners of the music industry. We’ll cover more on his passing and legacy all week on Go 95.3.
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