Prodigy’s publicist told TMZ that the rapper was hospitalized “a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.” TMZ reported that Prodigy may have choked on an egg in the hospital, but the cause of death is being investigated.
That had a lot of people wondering about the family Prodigy leaves behind. It’s not clear whether Kiki Johnson and Prodigy were still married at the time of his death, but theirs was a long love story that produced a son.
KiKi is referenced numerous times in Prodigy’s autobiography, An Infamous Life. Prodigy dedicated the book to KiKi and others. The Mobb Deep rapper’s real name was Albert Johnson.
In 2016, he wrote on Twitter:
The tweet links to his daughter’s Instagram.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Prodigy Wrote That He Turned Down Mary J. Blige Because of KiKi
In his autobiography, Prodigy wrote extensively about being married to a woman named Kiki Johnson. In one scene in the book, he describes Mary J. Blige allegedly flirting with him and asking him whether he was married.
He responded, “Yeah,” and said that he and KiKi had been together for five years at that point.
He added, “I felt like a fool for not pursuing her but I was really in love with my woman. Havoc hooked up with Mary’s girlfriend that night and I went home to KiKi.”
2. Prodigy’s Rap Partner Havoc Introduced Him to KiKi, His ‘Dream Girl’
In his book, Prodigy wrote of the moment he met KiKi. Havoc had introduced him to her.
“I was feeling KiKi,” he wrote. “We talked for a few hours after that. She told me how she’s from Brooklyn but was living in Ridgewood, Queens. I can see myself with KiKi, I thought. She’s cute with the perfect body and a tough attitude…my dream girl.”
He explained that he thought that KiKi was ready to be serious but at first he was still a young “dumb-as*” who was still “f*cking up.”
KiKi had a three-year-old daughter from a past relationship named Keijzonna.
Prodigy also wrote that KiKi “had a passion for music and poetry. She told me she dreamed of being a singer or songwriter someday, so she understood my passion for rap. The number one thing I loved about her, besides her inner and outer beauty, was how she never harassed or interrogated me when I spent long hours in the studio…KiKi encouraged me to work harder and gave me my space. She got major points for that.”
He described bringing KiKi to the second annual Source Awards at Madison Square Garden in 1995. “I’d always tell her that it was too dangerous to come out with me, but I wanted to bring her along and make her feel good. We all got drunk and high, then went inside and took our seats,” he wrote.
3. Prodigy Emotionally Described the Birth of Their Son
In the book, Prodigy described learning that he and KiKi were having a son and being present for the birth.
He described, “KiKi was four months pregnant, and we found out we were having a boy! I was happy. Yeah, I’m ready to have a son! I didn’t even know what being ready to have a kid meant, I was just ready. We were really in love. I had been all over the world and realized that KiKi wasn’t one of those money-hungry hoes. She was a special girl.”
He described how KiKi went into labor after ordering shrimp scampi while they were out to dinner. He held KiKi’s hand. “She was crushing mine while she breathed and pushed in and out. After an hour, I started seeing my son’s head…it was truly the most amazing and nastiest thing I ever saw.”
Prodigy was scared as the nurses wrapped “like seven blankets around her” because her body temperature dropped.
He makes it clear he was married in the book, describing “Ms. Cookie, my wife’s mother, for accepting me into the family” in the opening.
He also wrote about his now grown son, Shaka, on Twitter, saying he was also a musician.
Prodigy also had a daughter named Tasia Johnson.
The above is a photo of Prodigy’s daughter.
4. There Were Allegations of Cheating
However, despite the flowery words, the romance between Prodigy and KiKi was not all roses.
“Prodigy is a man who’s not afraid to admit he cried when his wife cheated on him,” wrote the blog PigeonsandPlanes.
Bossip described that KiKi was jealous of Lil Kim.
“KiKi [Ed note: Prodigy’s wife] always thought Kim and I were sexing, but it never happened. When KiKi first heard the ‘Quiet Storm’ remix featuring Kim, out of jealousy she told me, ‘That song is wack,'” Bossip quoted Prodigy as saying.
KiKi stayed at his side when he went to prison on gun charges.
In 2008, he told The Village Voice, “I gotta leave things well prepared for my wife. I’d be mad as hell if I didn’t. So while I’m in, everything’s set up—all she’s gotta do is call the shots. Kiki’s gonna be Prodigy while I’m gone. We’ve been together for over 15 years. It’s nothing. We can get through this.” The Village Voice said his daughter was 8, his son 11, and his stepdaughter was 16 at that time.
Kiki told The Village Voice: “We’re going to act like he’s on tour.” Prodigy added to the Village Voice: “They’ll visit me. We’ll talk on the phone. I’ll write them letters. It’s like a long tour, basically. My kids is smart; they don’t believe in all that fairyland sh*t. They deal with reality.”
5. Prodigy’s Fellow Mobb Deep Members Tried to Provoke Controversy About His Love Life
The other half of Mobb Deep, Hav, once threw shade at Prodigy in a tweet that said he was engaged to Rihanna, but this was false. According to TMZ, “Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, formed Mobb Deep in NYC in the early ’90s. Their biggest hits include ‘Quiet Storm’ and ‘Shook Ones.'”
In 2012, a Havoc and Prodigy falling out intensified when Havoc accused Prodigy of being gay, according to MTV. “Hav took full ownership of tweets alleging that Pee was a homosexual, months after claiming his account was hacked,” MTV reported at the time.
Havoc told AllHipHop.com: “The tweets is crazy. And I was speaking of a standpoint of being mad, but still being truthful of how I felt — but it was just the wrong thing to do at that time.”
Havoc’s claims were never confirmed. He also tweeted “Congrats to P @prodigymobbdeep and @rihanna for getting married soon!! @rihanna please confirm,” but obviously Rihanna and Prodigy were not engaged and did not get married, according to MTV.
A former member of Mobb Deep named Ferg Brimm also claimed that “Mobb Deep originally broke up because Havoc caught Prodigy sending love letters to men in prison,” said The Urban Daily, which reported that Brimm might just be jealous of Prodigy.
In a statement, Prodigy’s publicist said the exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
Prodigy’s publicist sent this statement to XXL, “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 a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his 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.”