It was 2 years ago today that Hip-Hop fell into a state of mourning after news surfaced that Mobb Deep’s Prodigy passed away from complications with sickle cell anemia.
The New York-bred MC struggled with the disease for years. He even released a song addressing his battle with sickle cell on his debut album, H.N.I.C., called “You Can Never Feel My Pain.” The track dropped 18 years ago, and was used to explain the effects the arduous disease had on this life since birth.
“Nineteen seventy four/motherf—ker I was born with pain/My moms and my pops pass it down to me/So don’t talk to me about can I feel yours/Cause I ain’t feeling you at all, your pain isn’t pure.”
Although Prodigy survived the disease for several decades, his plight with sickle cell came to an end when he became too weak to eat and passed away from an accidental choking involving an egg.
In the early 1990’s Prodigy and his other group members, Havoc emerged on the hip hop scene. This was during the Golden Era of hip hop.
They represented Queens, and their music was raw and represented the gritty streets of NYC. They called themselves “Mobb Deep” also known a the infamous Mobb.
They produced classic hits that are still relevant today like 'Quiet Storm,' 'Shook Ones III,' and 'Got It Twisted.'