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Nas, Questlove, Just Blaze And More React To Prodigy's Death

Condolences from the hip-hop community poured out after news hit of Prodigy's passing. He was 42.

On Tuesday afternoon (June 20), the news of Prodigy's passing sent the masses into a wave of sadness and reflection. According to TMZ, the hip-hop pioneer passed away in Las Vegas, Nev., this morning. He was currently on the "Art of Rap" tour alongside Ice-T, KRS-One and more. He was 42.

As part of the Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, Prodigy, and his partner in lyrical crime Havoc placed a stamp on music and forever changed the way rappers approached the mic. Prodigy also powered through a longtime battle with sickle cell anemia, but according to his publicist, "the exact cause of death has not been determined."

A mainstay on festival stages across the globe, the "Quiet Storm" rapper recently steered the crowd at the tenth installment of The Roots Picnic earlier this month. Taking it back to 2014, the acclaimed author also graced the stage for VIBE's House of Vans SXSW Showcase.

His impact was remembered by many people within the hip-hop community, who took to their social media accounts to express their condolences.

Forever

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🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

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Infamous. Goodbye Prodigy.

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🙏🏽

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Damn. RIP Dun. #HNIC #Prodigy

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I always pay my respects to Hip Hop greats. RIP to Prodigy from Mobb Deep. One of the best to do it

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SLeepInPeace to the Queens General P...

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I been doing this shit for years. Holding heat, selling, using, abusing all kinds of drugs. Robbing niggas, running up in niggas cribs, you know, the whole shit. So don’t ever in your life get me confused with some of them other niggas that you might see on tv, or hear on the radio & such. Know what I’m saying? I mean this is me, P, I’m speaking for my fucking self. When you see me at thew show, on stage, or in the street, I definitely got the gat on me you know what I’m saying? Know what I mean? & it ain’t like I’m trying to be a tough guy, or make people think I’m crazy by saying all this shit… but what is is is that, I know how niggas get down. I used to be in the clubs, The Muse, The Tunnel, whatever the fuck. Niggas get they little drink on having fun with they little crew, start cutting, shooting or whatever, things like that. A lot of these so called rap niggas aint never seen no parts of that shit you know what I’m saying? You dig where Im coming from? & I know a lot of y’all niggas, matter fact all y’all niggas listening to this shit is like “Yeah, we gon see them Mobb Deep niggas we gon see what they about. You know what I’m saying? Touch them niggas we gon see where they head is at. So yo, I’m gonna let you niggas know right now. You ain't gotta waste your time, or your money on your hospital bills. & if you step to me on a personal level I don’t back down easy. There's a good chance your ass either gonna get shot, stabbed, or knuckled down..one out of the three. So don't gamble with your life duke word up. 8 believe me, I know very well I could get shot, stabbed or fucked up too, whatever. I ain't "Supernigga, I’m a little skinny mutha fucka. It's all about who gets who first, though you know what I'm saying? So therefore, say no more. To all my niggas, get the money, frontin niggas get deceased. And oh yeah, to all them rap ass niggas with your half assed rhymes talking about how much you get high, how much weed you smoke, & that crazy space shit that don't even make no sense, don't ever speak to me when you see me, know what I'm saying? Word. I'ma have to get on some ol’ high school shit, start punching niggas in they faces for living.

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Don't want to believe he's gone. Omg. RIP @prodigymobbdeep #QueensFinest

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