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.
RIP Prodigy one of the greatest rappers ever!!!!!
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) June 20, 2017
Goodness. Sad news. Praying for Prodigy’s family and friends. His influence on music and culture is undeniable. pic.twitter.com/MTldmVLlWn
— alex medina (@mrmedina) June 20, 2017
R.I.P. Prodigy damn… he showed me love since day one
— Kid Ink (@Kid_Ink) June 20, 2017
I really hope this prodigy story isn’t true
— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) June 20, 2017
Rest In Peace Prodigy….. HipHop will miss you.
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) June 20, 2017
Haven’t woke up with an upset stomach all year. Woke up today and saw Nas post something about RIP Prodigy smh 😢🙏🏽 Sad day in Hip-Hop 🕯
— M ! L L Z ¥ (@JAE_MILLZ) June 20, 2017
Love and light to the family and friends of Prodigy.
One of Queen’s finest. He will be greatly missed.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 20, 2017
Ahh man… R.I.P Prodigy. I’m really, really sad right now. Like… Wow. 🙏🏽
— Joell Ortiz (@JoellOrtiz) June 20, 2017
I’m sick to my stomach, what terrible news to wake up to. RIP Prodigy one of my favourite rappers of all time, can’t believe this.
— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) June 20, 2017
prodigy was the truth. very sad day 💔💔 #RIPProdigy
— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) June 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to the legend Prodigy.
— #PROERA (@PROERA) June 20, 2017
Damn Man. Prodigy dying hurt. Sad for Hip Hop.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) June 20, 2017
— 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) June 20, 2017
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) June 20, 2017
R. I. P. @PRODIGYMOBBDEEP YBE 4EVER!!!!
— Chase N. Cashe (@ChaseNCashe) June 20, 2017
Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. 🙏🏽 to and for his fam. Love. MOBB
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 20, 2017
Wow RIP Prodigy 😔
— ROYCE (@Royceda59) June 20, 2017
Hip hop has lost one of its best voices …..New York will never be the same again … RIP Prodigy
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) June 20, 2017
Damn man…. Life is a gift. p was a gift to his fam and the rap world RIP P
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) June 20, 2017
Man I’m rocked by the news of my man p passing… So many memories w him n havoc n the fellas.. Man im @ a loss
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) June 20, 2017
RIP PRODIGY 🙏🏾 . HIP HOP LOST ANOTHER LEGEND
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) June 20, 2017
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.
I played YBE 5 x in the car before I took my ACTs.
Prodigy bars could motivate a mouse.
— Chuck Inglish (@Chuckisdope) June 20, 2017
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 20, 2017
Thank You Prodigy. Rest in Peace, my friend. Running this from the top. pic.twitter.com/q2DSmPikCQ
— Mac (@MacMiller) June 20, 2017
R.I.P. To Prodigy we will never forget the legacy! prayers up for the family friends & the fans 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) June 20, 2017
Rest In Peace Prodigy.
— HOOD POPE (@ASAPferg) June 20, 2017
P’s voice. P’s slang.
— Cannibal Aux (@atrak) June 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to Prodigy of Mobb Deep, writer of the immortal line “I’m only 19 but my mind is older…” https://t.co/0iMKhnWNPD
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 20, 2017
Details are still forthcoming.