As the hip-hop community mourns the loss of rapper Prodigy, a member of the New York duo Mobb Deep, The ART of RAP concert scheduled at NJPAC in Newark, NJ on Friday, June 30th 2017, at 8 pm will now pay homage to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy due to his untimely death. Hip-hop’s biggest veterans DMX, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and Mobb Deep will take to the stage for a special tribute.
Earlier this week, Prodigy (42) passed away on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, Prodigy’s publicist confirmed to the Associated Press that Prodigy was hospitalized a week ago in Las Vegas “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.”
Prodigy along with fellow rapper Havoc in Mobb Deep found success in the 90’s and became a landmark group representing East Coast rap. Prodigy and Havoc grew up together in Queensbridge Houses, the famous Queens housing development also associated with Nas, the group portraying their struggles on their seminal 90s albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth.
The ART of RAP at NJPAC follows in the footsteps of Ice-T’s critically acclaimed documentary film “The Art Of Rap.” The Art Of Rap at NJPAC will take place Friday, June 30th, 2017, at 8 pm – the $30 tickets are available at NJPAC.org, 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or visit the NJPAC Box Office at 1 Center Avenue in Newark, NJ.
The Miami New Times described Raekwon’s music as being “street epics” that are “straightforward yet linguistically rich universes not unlike a gangsta Iliad.”
Two of their albums have been critical successes; The Infamous (1995) and Hell on Earth (1996). Prodigy (42) passed away June 20th, 2017 from complications with sickle cell anemia.