1. 5 Songs You Didn't Know Kaytranada Produced

    August 11, 2017 10:00 AM EDT When Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada dropped his much-anticipated debut album  99.9%  last summer, the 24-year-old said the title stems from dissatisfaction with his own material. But he shouldn't worry -- the dance music world has long been impressed by the DJ's inventive,…

  2. The Alchemist Keeps Prodigy's Legacy Alive With Unreleased Mobb Deep Song 'Try My Hand'

    July 21, 2017 3:29 PM EDT In hopes of paying his respects to late friend and oft-collaborator Prodigy , The Alchemist unearthed an unreleased Mobb Deep song titled "Try My Hand." "Try My Hand" is featured on The Alchemist and Budgie's new double album  The Good Book Vol. 2 . The unreleased…

  3. Nas Pays Tribute to Prodigy With 'Shook Ones' Performance at WOO HAH! Festival

    July 05, 2017 12:13 PM EDT After Prodigy was  placed to rest last week in New York City, Nas paid tribute to the fallen MC during his set at the WOO HAH Festival in The Netherlands over the weekend.  The "One Mic" wordsmith performed a stirring rendition of Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones." Once he…

  4. Prodigy's Funeral Service Will Be Open to the Public

    June 27, 2017 3:51 PM EDT The Mobb Deep MC's memorial is set for Thursday in NYC. Last week, the hip-hop community mourned the death of Mobb Deep MC Prodigy . After the 42-year-old star died due to complications from his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia, fans have been looking for an opportunity to…

  5. Lil' Kim and Mobb Deep's Havoc Pay Tribute to Prodigy at the 2017 BET Awards

    June 25, 2017 11:35 PM EDT Lil' Kim and Mobb Deep 's Havoc paid tribute to the late rapper Prodigy onstage at the 2017 BET Awards. "This week, hip-hop suffered a painful loss, with the sudden passing of our brother, Prodigy," Lil' Kim began. "His pen painted vivid pictures of street life.…

  6. Prodigy Biographer Laura Checkoway Reflects on 'My Infamous Life': 'His Spirit is Strong'

    June 23, 2017 1:23 PM EDT In 2011, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson shared his life story in My Infamous Life . Struggle, survival and hope; the hip-hop memoir is an intimate view into the Mobb Deep rapper as he traversed fame, beef and illness. Prodigy was incarcerated for three and a half years for criminal possession of a…

  7. Atlanta Newscasters Pay Tribute to Mobb Deep's Prodigy During Live Traffic Reports

    June 23, 2017 9:14 AM EDT This is good: News anchors on Atlanta’s WSB-TV used routine traffic reports as a vehicle to pay tribute to the late  Prodigy , who tragically passed away on Tuesday at the age of 42. Poker-facedly (and without any explicit explanation), the two hosts, Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum, snuck a…

  8. Eye For an Eye: 9 Noteworthy Mobb Deep Rap Beefs

    June 22, 2017 3:31 PM EDT Mobb Deep 's Prodigy (born Albert Johnson) recently passed away on Tuesday (June 20) due to sickle cell anemia complications in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hip-hop has already mourned the life of the legendary Queens MC through several tributes from the likes of 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Just Blaze,…

  9. Mobb Deep's Havoc on Prodigy's Death: 'I'm Still Just F--ked Up'

    June 22, 2017 10:56 AM EDT Havoc, Prodigy’s partner in  Mobb Deep , has commented about the death of his longtime musical partner in a video testimonial. In the  TMZ -posted clip , Havoc explained that he knew about Prodigy’s hospitalization, but was not concerned about it since hospital visits were commonplace for the…

  10. From 'Shook Ones, Part II' to 'Quiet Storm': Revisit the Samples Behind 5 Classic Mobb Deep Cuts

    June 21, 2017 12:02 PM EDT Havoc's sample-based production style had many Mobb Deep stans digging through the crates. Not only did the producer/rhymer born Kejuan Muchita take on little-known gems for the duo's repertoire, his beats provided the perfect backdrop for the bold and aggressive bars of his Mobb…

  11. Mobb Deep's Prodigy 'Made Some of the Best Hip-Hop Records of All Time,' Steve Rifkind Says

    June 20, 2017 9:43 PM EDT The label head knew the late rapper for nearly a quarter-century. The death of Prodigy (a.k.a. Albert Johnson ) of Mobb Deep on Tuesday (June 20) drew an avalanche of condolences and remembrances from across the hip-hop community, recognizing the profound impact the rapper and his…

  12. Mobb Deep Songs Remixed: Listen to 7 of the Best

    June 20, 2017 7:30 PM EDT The rap world is reeling from the shocking news that Prodigy, iconic rapper and one-half of Mobb Deep, died Tuesday (June 20) at age 42. He had been admitted to the hospital days earlier due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia, a condition he'd struggled with from birth. As…

  13. Mobb Deep's Havoc Honors Late Partner Prodigy in Touching Instagram Posts

    June 20, 2017 3:57 PM EDT The tragic death of Mobb Deep ’s Prodigy has blanketed the hip-hop community with a somber warmth. On Tuesday (June 20), the 42-year-old rapper and author died due to complications from his longtime battle with sickle cell anemia. Now, Havoc of Mobb Deep has reacted to the death of his…

  14. Mobb Deep's Prodigy Mourned by Nas, Just Blaze & More Hip-Hop Peers

    June 20, 2017 2:43 PM EDT Prodigy , one-half of the legendary '90s rap group Mobb Deep , died Tuesday (June 20) at age 42. The prolific MC was hospitalized in Las Vegas several days ago due to complications caused by his sickle cell anemia.  Known for his rugged rap scheme, Prodigy flourished in the '90s…

  15. Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dead at 42

    June 20, 2017 2:17 PM EDT Prodigy , New York rap legend and one-half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep  alongside Havoc, died in Las Vegas on Tuesday (June 20), a rep has confirmed to  Billboard . The 42-year-old was hospitalized several days ago due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis, a disease he has…

  16. Nelly Tries 'Sweatsuit' On Again

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nelly has rounded up 14 highlights from his simultaneously released 2004 albums "Sweat" and "Suit" plus a handful of new songs for the appropriately named "Sweatsuit." Due Nov. 22 via Universal, the s Nelly has rounded up 14 highlights from his simultaneously…

  17. Guests Showcase Two Sides Of Nelly

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw, Fat Joe, Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg are just some of the artists that will be found on Nelly's upcoming albums, "Sweat" and "Suit." Due for simultaneous Sept. 14 Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw, Fat Joe, Pharrell Williams and Snoop…

  18. Mobb Deep's Prodigy, Entourage Arrested

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Mobb Deep member Prodigy (real name: Albert Johnson) and members of the rap group's entourage were arrested over the weekend in Cohoes, N.Y., after officers found marijuana, crack cocaine and an illeg Mobb Deep member Prodigy (real name: Albert Johnson) and members of the rap group'…

  19. Billboard Bits: Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil

    January 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Melee, Gen X, BeauSoleil Melee Entertainment, a new firm founded by former Priority Records head Bryan Turner, has entered into a joint venture deal with DreamWorks Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Based in DreamWorks' Beverly Hills headquarters, Melee will initially focus on…

  20. Creed Continues Cruise On Top

    December 20, 2001 12:00 AM EST Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) and the eighth volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series (EMI/Zomba/Sony/Universal) once again lead the pack on The Billboard 200 following a bulging holiday s Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) and the eighth…

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