Prodigy, one-half of the legendary rap duo Mobb Deep, passed away on Tuesday (June 20) due to complications from sickle cell anemia, a disease he battled with his whole life. Many artists, including Nas, Nicki Minaj and Prodigy's rap partner Havoc, paid their respects to the Queens legend on social media.
As part of Mobb Deep, Prodigy helped usher in the East Coast hip-hop movement in the '90s, which resulted in some tension with his contemporaries in the West. With tempers flaring on both coasts, Los Angeles native Ice Cube was on the front lines, watching the rap feud heat up. Then, in 2006, years after the East Coast Vs. West Coast beef subsided, Cube and Mobb Deep teamed up to deliver Howard University an unforgettable homecoming.
A day after Prodigy's passing, Cube shared his memories of spending time with Prodigy at Howard's Homecoming with Billboard. "[Mobb Deep] were on a float in front of us and we were on another float," reflects Cube. "He just seemed like a cool dude who represented to me, hip-hop coming from the street level after New York had took it to its heights."