Rap artist Prodigy died June 20 in a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 42. While an exact cause of death has not been announced, the artist had been hospitalized after a performance due to issues with sickle cell anemia – a blood disorder that causes blood cells to be misshapen causing numerous issues including severe pain. He was diagnosed with the blood disorder when he was an infant.
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Mobb Deep were a part of the Art of Rap concert in Las Vegas on June 10 and were scheduled to perform at an east coast show on June 30.
Prodigy was one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep. Along with Havoc the duo formed the group in New York City in the nineties back in the early days of the New York City rap scene. Over the years the duo released eight albums with Prodigy releasing seven solo albums. The duo have worked with Nas and 50 Cent.
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Prodigy has appeared in a number of documentaries as himself; along with several concert and music performances, the last being a performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” earlier this year. He was in the process of filming the documentary “88 Fresh” at the time of his death. He has also appeared as an actor in a few productions including the video short “Mobb Deep: Quiet Storm”, “Murda Muzik”, a club patron in “Waters Rising”, and Sin in “Blackout”.
Prodigy has seen his music appear in a number of productions including “Sunset Park”, “Bulworth”, “In too Deep”, “Any Given Sunday”, “8 Mile”, the video games “Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories” and “Grand Theft Auto IV”, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”, “Stomp the Yard”, “Entourage”, “Being Human”, and “Due Date”.
Born to a musical family, Albert Johnson on November 2, 1974 in the New York City area. He and fellow Mobb Deep member Havoc were students at the Manhattan High School of Art and Design where they met and formed Mobb Deep.
No list of survivors was given.
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