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NYC hip-hop will never be the same after Prodigy passes away at 42

Queens hip-hop legend Prodigy passed away earlier on Tuesday due to complications of sickle cell anemia.

The world found out about Prodigy’s passing via a Nas Instagram post reading, ‘QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever.’

The word ‘legend’ is perhaps thrown around a little carelessly in this day in age, but Prodigy did more than anyone to shape the New York hip-hop sound.

Prodigy and Havoc made up the duo Mobb Deep, debuting with 1993’s Juvenile Hell and went on to release seven more albums until 2014’s The Infamous Mobb Deep.

Mobb Deep were the underground stalwarts of New York hip-hop. While other artists had more mainstream success and radio plays, Prodigy and Havoc were your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers.

“Shook Ones, Pt. II” off The Infamous is one of the seminal songs in hip-hop history, but the Queens duo were prolific and profound beyond that infamous (no pun intended) song.

Prodigy mades moves outside Mobb Deep as a solo artist.

Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. may be one of the hardest albums of all-time. The Queens MC painted a world of fiends, gangsters, and crime around him and laid the foundation for East Coast hip-hop.

Tributes poured in from all corners of the hip-hop and music lexicon to pay respects to Prodigy, one of the greatest to ever do it.

Mobb Deep go back

Dude had the most bars

And the best punchlines

‘New York will never be the same’

Prodigy still watching over

Legends passing way too young…

Tell me you haven’t spit a (trash) freestyle to this

Illest to ever do it

Respect for one of the greats

Prodigy was simply the hardest ever

Rest in Power, Prodigy.