Rest In Peace Prodigy (Albert Johnson) [ November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017 ]. In an interview with Vibe in November 2000, Prodigy spoke about what inspired him to directly address his battle with sickle-cell anemia on the song "You Can Never Feel My Pain" from his debut studio album H.N.I.C. He attributes his nihilism to the "permanent physical suffering" caused by his lifelong battle with the condition.[
"Tupac, Ja Rule–a whole bunch of people talk about pain. And Tupac, he even said some shit about my sickle-cell [on his song "Hit 'Em Up"], so that inspired me to make a real song to show niggas what pain is."
—Prodigy, Vibe magazine, November 2000.
On June 20, 2017, it was reported that Prodigy died in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier for complications related to his sickle-cell anemia. He was performing in the Art of Rap Tour in Las Vegas with Havoc, Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One and Ice-T when he was hospitalized. The exact cause of his death is yet to be determined.
Mobb Deep was an American hip hop duo from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy and was "one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast Hip-Hop groups." They were known for their dark, hardcore delivery as exemplified in "Shook Ones (Part II)." Mobb Deep became one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over three million records. Mobb Deep's net worth was estimated at $10 million USD. Prodigy passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada. He sucummbed to his long battle with sickle cell anemia.