845themixshow Honors Prodigy of Mobb Deep
On June 20th 2017 Albert “Prodigy” Johnson one half of The Infamous Mobb Deep passed away. In the 90s Mobb Deep helped bring back New York City Hip-Hop. Prodigy will be deeply missed as one of the best rappers ever from New York. Prodigy grew up in LeFrak City. While attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, he met his future music partner, Havoc. The duo became the “Poetical Prophets”, before choosing the name “The Infamous Mobb Deep”. Under the alias Lord-T (The Golden Child), the then 16-year-old Johnson joined Jive Records and landed an uncredited guest appearance on the Boyz N The Hood soundtrack, for his collaborative efforts on the song “Too Young” by Hi-Five in 1991.
Initially compared to fellow rapper Nas, who took a similar approach lyrically on his Illmatic album from 1994, Mobb Deep released The Infamous in 1995, which was certified Gold by the RIAA within the first two months of its release. A year and a half later, at the end of 1996, Prodigy and Havoc released Hell on Earth, which debuted at number six on SoundScan. Its next release, Murda Muzik, was heavily bootlegged while still in its demo stage, leaking, onto the streets and over the internet, rough versions of the nearly 30 songs the duo had recorded.
In November 2000, Prodigy released his debut solo album H.N.I.C. His follow up solo album would be released in 2008.
But during the next 6 years, between the release of his first two solo albums, Prodigy continued to work with Mobb Deep, releasing Infamy in 2001, Amerikaz Nightmare in 2004, and Blood Money in 2006.
RIP to one of the greatest emcees ever. Check out some of the greatest videos and songs from Mobb Deep and Prodigy.
Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones” Pt. 2
Mobb Deep – “Survival of The Fittest”
Nas – “It’s Mine”
Mobb Deep – The Learing(Burn) ft Big Noyd
Mobb Deep – “Get Away”
Excerpts from wikipedia