UPDATE 7/09/207 11:49AM EST: Jeff Henriquez, who is one of the two artists who painted the Prodigy mural in Queensbridge, NY, took to Instagram to say that it has been restored.
THE RESURRECTION. The hood love is strong! 15 hours in one shot to bring back our fallen hip hop general. Big thanks to the homie @elementsofstyle_nyc for keeping things on point. A special thanks to my very good friend @djhotday who pulled up the truck and kept the lights on until the very last can. And to all the positive souls brothers and sisters djs tv types and local people. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sadly I expect my wall to get hit again. But regardless. The statement we made today represents the resilience of a community and a deep love for one man. Im honored to have been asked to do the piece. Now.. Lets keep this muthafucka movin... ✊🏽#prodigy #ripprodigy #queensbridge #newyork #infamous #streetart #urbanart #outdoorart #publicart #montanacans #tattoos #sprayart #spraypaint #realism #portrait #muralart #mural #jeffhenriquezart_ #elementsofstyle #graff #beautiful #stunning
A post shared by Jeff Henriquez (@jeffhenriquezart_) on Jul 9, 2017 at 12:14am PDT
"The hood love is strong," Henriquez said. "15 hours in one shot to bring back our fallen hip hop general." What's sad is that Henriquez feels like this restoration won't last.
"Sadly, I expect my wall to get hit again," Henirquez continued, "But regardless. The statement we made today represents the resilience of a community and a deep love for one man. I'm honored to have been asked to do the piece."
Original post is below.
After Prodigy died at the age of 42 last month, condolences and tributes for the Mobb Deep member poured in on all forms of social media. But some felt that the legendary rapper deserved a more lasting memorial, and so in the last week, two artists took it upon themselves to honor Prodigy's legacy by painting a large mural in Queensbridge, New York. QB was home to P's Mobb Deep partner Havoc, and a place with which Prodigy would become closely associated as well—closely enough that many people mistakenly thought he was from there too.
But the touching tribute to Prodigy did not last for very long. The mural was ruined less than 24 hours after it was completed.
The rapper Cormega, a friend of the late artist, was one of the first to share a photo of the defaced mural on his Instagram earlier today. He summed up the situation with the succinct caption: “This is some sucker shit.”
A post shared by Cormega (@iamcormega) on Jul 8, 2017 at 6:05am PDT
The mural, which took five days to complete, was painted by artists Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare. It can be found on the Urban Upbound building on 13th Street and 40th Avenue in Queens, right across the street from QB.
Done! "TO ALL THE KILLAZ AND THE HUNDRED DOLLA BILLAZ! "Big up to @elementsofstyle_nyc for inviting me to collaborate on this piece for @mobbdeepqb #ripprodigy #hiphop #prodigy #streetart #streetartnyc #sprayart #aerosol #urbanart #outdoorart #publicart #graffart #graff #mural #muralart #jeffhenriquezart_ #streetarteverywhere #streetartphotography #newyork #queensbridge #montanacans #realism #portrait #tattoos #music
A post shared by Jeff Henriquez (@jeffhenriquezart_) on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:36pm PDT
The artists were clearly working hard on their memorial. Henriquez shared many behind the scenes photos to his Instagram throughout the week, keeping fans updated on his progress.
"Temperature's risin' " Stay tuned.. @elementsofstyle_nyc #queens @mobbdeepqb #reapect #onelove #streetart #mural #spraypaint #sprayart #streetartnyc #streetartistry #jeffhenriquezart_ #elementsofstyle #art #hiphop #rap #rapper #mobbdeep #queensbridge
A post shared by Jeff Henriquez (@jeffhenriquezart_) on Jun 30, 2017 at 11:37am PDT
It remains unclear who would disrespect a piece of art in this way or why. In any case, angry fans have already started reacting to the news on Twitter.
queens is coming for whoever disrespected and threw paint over the prodigy mural— BRI (@OmniscientBri) July 8, 2017
whoever did this to prodigy's mural needs to be arrested. RETWEET so a snitch can snitch pic.twitter.com/savRvue3SY— unpforgettable pfire (@firefire100) July 8, 2017
Defacing Prodigy's mural is beyond some sucka shit ..— D.Mar (@iamdmar) July 8, 2017