Prodigy Mobb Deep

Prodigy of the 1990s rap duo Mobb Deep has died at age 42. The rapper’s publicist announced he died Tuesday from longterm complications of sickle-cell disease.

As the duo Mobb Deep, Prodigy and Havoc, right, were best known for their 1994 hit single “Shook Ones”. Prodigy is the great-great-grandson of the founder of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Sickle-cell anemia is a blood disorder that causes red blood cells to break down into a sickle shape. The disease can make breathing difficult because it decreases the red blood cell’s ability to pick up and carry oxygen in the lungs.

Other celebrities with sickle-cell disease include rapper T-Boz of TLC and actor Larenz Tate.

The publicist’s statement reads:

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. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia 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.

Rapper Nas and other prominent rappers expressed their condolences on social media today.

Photos: Getty Images





  • Yardgirl

    I was just coming here to see if this was posted!! RIP Prodigy gone too soon 🙁

  • Charity Rwivanga Umulisa

    Sad sad sad?????

  • free

    awwwwwww, RIP. i used to volunteer at a camp for sickle cell kids and their life can be hell.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    RIP Prodigy. I still play The Infamous album at least once a week. It was always 5 mics to me. From jump. God bless you

  • millz

    And it’s the real ??? #rip

  • ebonics

    My heart is heavy with sadness, RIP Mr. Johnson. His voice shaped my entire childhood/youth/teens. There will never be another rapper as real, and thorough as capital P. May you rest in Paradise brotha!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    RIP PRODIGY…My condolences to his family.

  • ebonics

    That letter he wrote to Jayz when he was in prison was everything! I loved him for that ish, esp for callin out the industry with no fear.

  • LibraGirlonly

    RIP. Sickle cell usually takes you out in your 30″s. My cousin died of sickle cell at 19. So sad. ? ??? ? ?

  • OrchidJones-Got Dat Job

    Oh man, this was my dude!! Sick about it. losing people very young.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Awww aww I hated to hear this R.I.P you were one of the great ones

  • sunni_daze

    RIP Prodoigy. I’m glad I had the chance to see hm perform a couple of weeks ago.

  • ebonics

    My heart dropped to my socks when I heard the news. His albums were always fire! That first solo is still in heavy rotation in my car.

  • OrchidJones-Got Dat Job

    I have everyone…even him and Alchemist when he and Hav was mini beefing, But all of MOBB stay in my car.

  • zawnn

    Smfh! Dam ? R.I.P. Prodigy

  • Di Ana

    I kept thinking MOP but than saw the pic. RIP Prodigy.

  • ebonics

    Yep, Albert Einstein .. M-O-B-B has always been dope, always will be. #Quiet Storm fo eva!

  • OrchidJones-Got Dat Job

    mos def

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    Sickle cell is horrible. My Dad lost his youngest brother in his early 30s.?? We were lucky enough to have my Dad until his early 60s. RIP & sincerest condolences.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    This is so sad…he was still young

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    This is sad.

    Another case of random breeding gone wrong.

    When are black people going to think about the children they could produce rather than their own pleasure when they are having unprotected sex?

    *sigh*

  • ForALLPEEPS

    Real One. Rip

  • Please Stop The Madness

    whet the fukk? why sir? why?

  • Rayne

    Rip

  • Liah

    RIP

  • hottlanta

    Hope Jared Kushner with his 13 jobs and especially his title of Opioid Manager can tell the high white people to think about the children they could produce instead of their own pleasure when they are having unprotected sex,

  • Yardgirl

    I am going to take a shot and say that you must be talking about how two people with sickle cell trait should not have kids. Right? I have the trait (no obvious health issues) and would never have a child with someone with the trait.

  • Guess Who

    WOW RIP

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    You could have kept this shyt to yourself fam. If you didnt have anything else to say you should have waited for the next post. I’m sure you dont ask for Family Medical History when Becky bout to drop it likes it hot

  • datATLboi

    RIH man…He was always sick they say. Sickle Cell ain’t no joke

  • imright

    ?im devastated. completely heartbroken ?

  • Please Stop The Madness

    More like when Benny drops it. he is gay

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    RIP

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Giving the benefit of the doubt.
    Mature.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks sis.

  • Vegas1989

    WOW!!!…So Sad RIP Dear…

  • Please Stop The Madness

    He was 42 years old. Were they testing us for the trait 42 years ago in 1975 or were folks just getting together/getting married and not knowing? Yes we have the technology now, and your choice is yours, but for @Roderick2011:disqus say some one who just died is breeding gone wrong is a tad bit much.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Well damn…

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No people should know their own medical history as well as the genetic history of the person they are having unprotected sex with.
    I have no idea how this was disrespectful of the deceased since he was the victim of his parents not a responsible party.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Correct. I have a friend whose cousin has sickle cell but her older brother doesn’t.

    He got lucky.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    PSA???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Or just stop having unprotected sex period.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Psalm:23

  • Anunnaki

    So sad…I got death in my family too Today. ughhh

  • Sexy CJ
  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD
  • Nophace

    Says a lot about a person when they come out their foolish mouth with shit like this. Especially when they have absolutely NO evidence to support their claims! The true definition of a NIGGER

  • Miany

    Sorry for your loss Anunnaki

  • Miany

    He was born in 1975, only 25 or so years after the hereditary nature of sickle cell was discovered.. so more than likely Dr’s were not testing for the trait at the time of his conception.. stfu man…

    Rip Prodigy.

  • Miany

    Child.. I am NOW scrolling down and seeing this.. I just said this shii under his original comment.. I don’t even know why us logical folk waste the font.. we all know these trolls are ridiculous..

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Sickle cell is a genetic disease which can be detected via blood tests.
    It’s even more reason people should use birth control to protect themselves and their future children.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes.

  • Anunnaki

    thanks love

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So using him as an example to prevent the suffering of future generations is a bad thing?
    We as a people think too little and screw too much (unprotected) and innocent children suffer.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Your mentality is why black people will always be behind.
    Instead of seeing wisdom you take it as an insult.

  • Branch Davidian

    Am I an asshole because I am bumping “Hit em Up” right now?
    “Ain’t you got like sickle cell or something?”
    “Mobb Deep…F YOU!!”

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Jews like Jared have to worry about Tay-Sachs disease but since Ivanka is a convert I doubt it was an issue.

  • Wile E. Coli

    It was discovered in 1910

  • Benita Renee’

    My condolences!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    How am I a troll when I am trying to giving advice on how to prevent suffering in our community?

  • bhavana

    Condolences to you and your family.

  • the guest

    His great great grandfather founded Morehouse. A wise and progressive man ahead of is time, he would probably agree with you.

  • bhavana

    I have never heard of him, but I want to offer my condolences to his family, friends and fans.

  • Anunnaki

    Thank you

  • Anunnaki

    thank you

  • the guest

    Jews, Greeks, Russians, Poles, Slavs have to worry about Tay-Sachs comparable to Sickle Cell.

  • Renee Bee

    Awww man!!!! Dang! Prod! “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks!”

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Rest In Peace. You will be missed.

  • Renee Bee

    So sorry for your loss! Be strong!

  • Anunnaki

    thanks love

  • Renee Bee

    Girl! I love The Alchemist

  • hottlanta

    Sorry for your lost.

  • hottlanta

    Love his family lineage. He seems like he was a cool dude

  • Madame Dinero

    LMMFAO as soon as I heard this was the first thing I said!!! smh

  • AlwaysPi7

    Sad news…God bless his soul.

  • Miany

    Prodigy is the great-great-grandson of the founder of Morehouse College in Atlanta.
    ^^ Look at that! I knew Prodigy came from money (Jay-Z used his fine arts training to insult him) but.. I didn’t know he came from looong money

  • Miany

    Are you a child? serious question because no matter what I post you respond in a way that proves you lack reading comprehension skills…. They did not know about the hereditary nature until the 40’s… meaning they would not have known that it is passed by a trait that both parents have to possess…

  • Miany

    your delivery was trolllike.

  • stav

    Not trying to be insensitive , RIP to the deceased, but NEW POST PLEASE!

  • Meme

    His parents probably never had sickle cell they where prolly just carriers in which case they may never have known they would have a child with full sc as they themselves had no symptoms, I think you need to do proper research before making throw away comments in cases such as these, remember we are going back more than 40 years back. RIP Prodigy fella

  • Meme

    Well said

  • Meme

    Forgive me if I’m wrong but I don’t think he’s into becky I think more like Brock? Unless I’m getting him confused with another poster, in which case sos.

  • Meme

    His parents probably never had sickle cell they where prolly just carriers in which case they may never have known they would have a child with full sc as they themselves had no symptoms, I think you need to do proper research before making throw away comments in cases such as these, remember we are going back more than 40 years back. RIP Prodigy fella

  • Wile E. Coli

    It was discovered in 1910 and the hereditary nature of the disease was discovered in the late 40’s. Happy now? Need a towel?

  • tintin

    Lord rest his soul. I’ve heard the pain from sickle cell is unbearable

  • Tammie Reed

    So sad, may he R.I.P.

  • Miany

    yup…late 40’s -1949 so as I initially said.. .Prodigy was born some 25 years after the discovery.. bye troll

  • bemetoo

    Damn so sad

  • Dahl

    Such a shame…

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What you stated is true but it doesn’t negate the basic point of my statement.
    Either wrap it up and be on some sort of birth control or know your partner’s full medical history before having unprotected sex

  • KarmaBackAround

    R.i.p Prodigy!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That’s your opinion.
    I was just wound up over the Stevie Wonder thread from yesterday when someone challenged me about not caring about other blacks.
    My point is that we kill ourselves in so many other ways beside with guns.

  • Nita

    Damn. R.I.P

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Quiet Storm is still in my playlist. Rest well, Sir. Your work here is done.

  • MistaO

    Enjoy every moment! Damn 42. Much love.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    They are saying he choked to death on an egg.

  • casiepriest33

    Damn he was a real one.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lol! I put up a post for you. ?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    DIE! JUST HURRY UP AND DROP DEAD ALREADY! Rude shat dack eating ass hole!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I’m sorry to hear that. Condolences to you and your family.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    You’re gay maybe your parents should’ve drowned you? What parent wants a dack eating mentally ill son? You don’t even know who your real father is and your mother hates you. Talk about that shat eater.

  • KIm

    Yo his death shook me 4 real. RIP

  • Faithz

    Gone to soon, RIP

  • PlayerP
  • Faithz

    Yes he come from good stock.

  • Meme

    I don’t know but you really seem to have a problem with people having kids. I agree with you people need to have a FULL medical check prior to unprotected even protected sx. I have thalesimeia trait (don’t know how to spell it) would never have known until I had my first born child…no symptoms see. But I have noticed that you always seem to pipe up when someone is having or had a baby however whilst a lot of what you say is quite sensible you seem to be quite bitter bout it why?

  • klwbaby

    I don’t know if TMZ is being disrespectful but their headline is that he may have choked to death on an egg….

  • Faithz

    Thank you for that, really great.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I didn’t take it as an insult. It was tactless and you could have saved it. I am a carrier of the Sickle Cell Trait and when I got with my kids father I did ask him whether he was a carrier or not. So your comment carries no weight with me. But you don’t what was going on this man’s parents bedroom. Have some class, say RIP to this legend, and wait for the b*llsh*t posts to be crass.

  • shun king

    was rumors of man sex in prison hope it was not aids

  • imright

    Harvey is a racist fa gget & i hope some1 beats his asss one day

  • imright

    yes. yes u are. anything else ??

  • Faithz

    May Your Love One Rest In peace.

  • Faithz

    God will give you the strength to get through it.
    The first of the year one of my Brother in laws got shot to death by his wife, and it was really hard.

  • Faithz

    Omg.

  • Meme

    Wow his mother was in phil spectors group the chrystals and his dad was in the chanters I think what a rich history he has

  • Faithz

    Thanks for Common Sense, something that is often needed for these Backward as thinkers.

  • Faithz

    What dang difference does it make when it was discovered, the Artist is dead now, and there are other who has this illness. There are many who marry different ways, and you can be the perfect couple, healthy your entire life, and can come down with a illness. It matter a dam when it was discovered what matters is what can Science, and the medical community do about it. Just like Cancer, Diabetes and countless other Diseases
    people come down with all kinds of diseases, and no wonder all the Adulterated foods people consumes.
    PS
    What year did they discover ghey folks
    Just saying.

  • Faithz

    Right on, thanks.

  • Faithz

    Cosigns

  • Faithz

    Yes indeed!!!!

  • Faithz

    Preach, and I will pass the Collection plate.
    You Nailed a Home Run, thanks.

  • Faithz

    You are so on point.

  • Faithz

    Forth years ago think about how far Medical has
    advance since then,,, since then…

  • Faithz

    I so agree with you,,,

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Nooo!

    Rest easy my G ?

  • Faithz

    Exactly, and my thing is what different do it make now, the Fellow is gone, that person want to nit pick people health, I wonder Why..
    Prodigy rest in Peace.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh no!

  • Faithz

    Debating what happen with his health now after he has gone , is like complaining that the cows are out
    when you know the Barn gate was left open, Just saying.

  • Sexy CJ

    You’re Welcome……….

  • Faithz

    Exactly…

  • Faithz

    Rod this is not the time, though, Sweetie.

  • Wile E. Coli

    don’t be sad.

  • Tlowe89

    Dayum….rip

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Condolences

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Quiet storm is my fave of theirs. Rest in peace.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    You’re so extra. ?

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Stop being a dick

  • Ling

    With Kim! Me too.

  • Anunnaki

    my Lord, awful stay strong

  • Anunnaki

    thanks hun

  • Anunnaki

    thanks

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    GFY

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The obviously didn’t know they had the trait so that’s the point but whatever.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Go phuck yourself because no one else will.

  • Julia Lyons

    This one hurts???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because I see things other people don’t see.

    I see children who’ve been sexually abused by their parents and they end up drug addicts are sleeping around.

    I have a friend who is one of her fathers four children with four different women and I see and hear her brokenness all of the time.

    She told me that the main reason she wants to get married is because her parents weren’t married and she has a lot of other self-esteem issues but she claims she has made peace with her father but she still has the scars that she shares with me.

    The brother next to her has serious issues. He lives in the islands while his son and his son’s mother live in Miami.

    The last time I heard he was in jail for contempt of court because he was late for two court dates after his parents paid off the guy he stabbed not to show up in court

    Her father is now dating someone her age. I asked her if he had a vasectomy. She doesn’t know.

    All I am saying is the wrong people are having children and there are consequences, but you can twist my words and motives if you want I don’t care.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Duh!!

    That was a my point.

    People need to be more responsible than to have random unprotected sex because they don’t know the potential consequences.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    You wish. Not my fault you’re a prom night dumpster baby. Supporting his mean ole mama that don’t even have the decency to tell you who you real father is. I know who my father is, unlike you.

  • MRiGOThim

    Wasn’t Havoc the one who outed him as gay when he was writing dudes in jail?????? Either way…Rest easy

  • MRiGOThim

    I heard the same thing…

  • Cali

    Quiet Storm with Queen Bee I know them, RIP, 42 is too damn young 🙁

  • Faithz

    Yes, and Peace to you, and your Family!

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    LMBAO yes he was!! I forgot about that “gay for stay!! LOL

  • ShWa

    RIP, Gone too soon.

  • ShWa

    That was the jam! RIP.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If this isn’t the time when is?
    The black community is imploding or at least that what Malcolm said.

  • 4RGSpot

    So sad. T-Boz is truly blessed and did not know Lorenz had it also. He too is blessed. Hope he and T-Boz continue to have long and blessed lives.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Dear God.
    Lots of black people have the sickle cell trait and are having unprotected sex and they don’t know if they or their partner has the trait.
    Maybe we need to become educated and stop turbo-breeding.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So let’s create more black people who will live a life of suffering because someone else didn’t take the time to use protection?
    I see why the black community is in the shape it is. We don’t care about our children.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Do you know how stupid you sound?
    Oh no you don’t.

  • Nala Shakur

    42 is so young…ive notice the number “9” and “6” appearing a lot lately. Numbers dnt lie….but i wnt start with the theories RIP!

  • Keesh5000

    Actually 42 is a long. span for sickle cell patients. Assuming was anemia. They usually dont pass 30 ars of age

  • Miany

    I think we are better off not replying to these trolls.. They lack common sense and reading comprehension.

  • Bambi

    Oh my!

  • chappedlippz

    R.I.P., another great gone too soon.

  • Look@m3

    I thought it was 66

  • Alisa

    The rappers today are trash minus a few. The era of true hip hop artists has quickly faded. When I hear/read some posts on social media and they say they never heard of groups/rappers like Mobb Deep. I think sucks for you then close my eyes and reminisce about when hip hop was real. Majority of these so called rappers their songs make no sense. Its sad to see what has become of certain genres of music.

  • Omandesert

    Is this the dude Pac was talking about in “Hit em up?”

  • memorybliss

    Yes.

  • memorybliss

    Yes.

  • Faithz

    You Comment is HURTFUL about a Great Artist who has passed on. A good time would be on somebody else post, and you can open a Dialog
    and see how many Hits you get back, on the Topic,,, I am Just saying.

  • Nita

    This was a diss to tupac

  • kekeb

    Well, I don’t know many if any of his songs, but RIP and condolences to his family and real friends

  • Jussjess25

    Rip king ..??

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You make no sense.
    The post was not about him personally but his disease.

    If you are unable to differentiate then that’s on you.