Today in Tha Wire the world of Hip Hop is reacting to the untimely passing of a rap pioneer, Prodigy of Mobb Deep.  The rapper died unexpectedly this week in a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 42. The actual cause of death is still a mystery, however the rapper has been in and out of the hospital most of his life do to constant issues with sickle cell.  So his need for being hospitalized from time, to time was nothing new.  However his death was an absolute shock.  Below he talks about how his life has been living with the disease.

The Queens MC whose real name was, Albert Johnson, was in Vegas as part of the Art of Rap Tour.  Mobb Deep were joined by other rap icons like KRS-One, Ice-T, Onyx and Ghostface Killah.  The rap star started to feel bad, and was brought to the hospital. His group mate, Havoc, said he talked to Prodigy several times by phone and even thought his friend was getting better.  Below he tells TMZ he still can't believe his friend is dead.

Prodigy's death came as a shock to everyone in the music community, including his friend and business partner Kathy Iandoli.  The Mobb Deep legend recently collaborated with the music journalist on the cookbook called the Commissary Kitchen, and his memoir The State vs Albert “Prodigy” Johnson.  Kat told Billboard he was special and "the whole world was hurting."

Kathy Iandoli and Prodigy - kathy iandoli via Instagram
Kathy Iandoli and Prodigy - kathy iandoli via Instagram

Iandoli said Prodigy was working on several projects adding, “The one thing we were planning on doing was a musical about the Illuminati and how the obsession with the Illuminati infiltrated people’s opinions of Hip Hop.” She continued, She added, “We were initially going to do an interactive type of musical with a company that runs The Illuminati Ball, but then we decided to take our idea to an off-Broadway situation. Tell a story with a very specific beginning, middle, and end. But [the story] began with prison; it was semi-autobiographical.”

Below other artists shared their grief and tributes to Mobb Deep MC on social media. Take a look....


We offer our deepest regrets and condolences to his family and friends.  R.I.P P.  For all things entertainment listen to Tha Wire exclusively on The People's Station 107 Jamz.

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