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Prodigy: Artist Of The Week

Prodigy: Artist Of The Week

June 20, 2017 | D&L

This week’s performing arts artist is the infamous Prodigy, one half of hip hop duo Mobb Deep.

Sadly, the rapper passed away on June 20th and as well as leaving behind a family and many friends, as a musician, he leaves an incredible legacy to his fans.

Since his passing, one message that particularly stood out to us on social media was written by Q-Tip, who wrote: “Life is a gift. P was a gift to his fam and the rap world. RIP P.”

Others also referred to him as “one of the greatest rappers ever”, “a true legend” and “one of the best to ever do it”.

So let’s shift the focus to the incredible back catalogue he will be leaving behind.

Alongside his music partner, Havoc, Prodigy contributed to East Coast hip hop being widely known on the map, which was all down to the open and honest approach they took with their rap lyrics alongside the addictive beats.

One thing’s for sure, they never held back – almost had no filter – and with poetic elements and a whole lot of knowledge behind the words, their hardcore delivery is something they have continued to be credited for.

Both originating from New York, Mobb Deep’s debut album H.N.I.C. to this day is still an iconic album and at the time of its release appeared on the 100 best albums of the 2000s list by Complex.com.

“They released their first duo in 1992 with the name Poetical Prophets, and released their first Mobb Deep album a year later with the album Juvenile Hall. The duo reached commercial success together in 1995 with the release of the critically acclaimed album The Infamous, which sold over 500,000 copies within the first two months after release. They released the album Hell on Earth a year and a half later, which also received widespread critical acclaim.

“They collaborated frequently with other artists, including with Nas, who helped propel their visibility early in their career. Prodigy was generally regarded as the lyrical lead in the duo, while Havoc was better known as pulling weight producing the beats.”

Prodigy’s influential music proved to his fellow New York natives and more that it was possible to make it doing what you love and not settling for your voice to be heard, through the gift of music.

Plus, with books and a solo career also under his belt, and many mix tapes released, Prodigy really was a “musical genius” and intelligent man who has gone far too soon.

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Image Source: US Weekly