Following the surprise death of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy this past Tuesday at the age of 42, co-founder Havoc has opened up about the tragic passing of his close friend and rap partner in a video posted over at celebrity news site TMZ: “I met him when I was 15. I’m 43 right now… I still can’t believe it.”
After initially shrugging the news off as a rumour, the duo’s road manager phoned Havoc while he was driving home from his son’s kindergarten graduation. Recalling the moment he received the call, Havoc said: “I’m on the highway, I can’t pull over… I could have crashed with my kids in the car.”
Since learning of Prodigy’s passing, Havoc said that he’s found it difficult to look at photos of the duo or listen to any of the music they created together: “I still can’t believe it… I can’t even listen to ‘Shook Ones’ or any songs. I can hardly look at the pictures.”
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The exact cause of death is still unknown, however, a representative of Prodigy said that the rapper was suffering from “complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis” in the days leading up to his passing. Tributes have been paid to Prodigy from the likes of Nas and Questlove since the news broke.
Formed in 1992, the Queens, New York duo released nine albums together, with 1995’s ‘The Infamous’ being their most commercially successful. Considered a hip hop classic, it featured production from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, as well as guest appearances from the likes of Nas, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
Check out a 2014 performance on KEXP of their most well known track ‘Shook Ones Pt. II’: