Justin Timberlake posted a tribute on his Twitter page honoring Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Timberlake’s post reads as follows:
As a teenager, I searched for ALL the culture that I could find through MUSIC. I remember the day I heard Mobb Deep for the first time. I had to play catch up with them to know what it really was…SHOOK ONES changed my ear as a new musician and someone that loved rhythm. It made me really appreciate how a vocal could swing in rhythm to a beat the same way. RIP Prodigy. I wish I could have known you.
Prodigy passed away at a hospital earlier today, where he was being treated for complications from sickle cell anemia. TMZ reported that Prodigy choked on an egg while in the hospital, but it is unclear if that had anything to do with his death. Prodigy’s official cause of death has not yet been disclosed. He was 42.
Mobb Depp’s publicist sent XXL the following statement:
It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by sickle cell anemia crisis. As most fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.
“Shook Ones”, which was later renamed “Shook Ones Pt. I”, was featured on the b-side of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous. The album also featured “Shook Ones Pt. II”. “Shook Ones Pt. I” was also included on the international version of Mobb Deep’s Hell on Earth.
Other artists have been paying their respects on social media. Ice-T posted the news of Prodigy’s passing and shared a text conversation he recently had with Prodigy.