Hip-hop lost a beloved figure on Tuesday afternoon when Queens native Prodigy passed away at age 42. The Mobb Deep legend died after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia, leaving fans and peers around the world to mourn his passing.
Amongst his peers, Prodigy's death was felt deeply and immediately. Nearly everyone you could think of, be they rappers, producers, tastemakers, or otherwise, took Prodigy's passing hard. Through his manager, Wu Tang's Raekwon shared his anguish over Prodigy's passing in a teary statement delivered to Complex.
"Right now my energy is all over the place from hearing this disturbing news. I'm hurt, I'm saddened, I'm in shock," he said. "We just sat on the couch at our venue we had recently in Vegas two days ago. Me and Prodigy were real deal friends! We shared so many great conversations about our careers and discussing future endeavors. I'm going to miss my beloved friend, I'm just lost for words. My heart goes out to his entire family, may God bless your soul Prodigy."
A rep for 50 Cent shared a statement from the rapper on Prodigy's passing: "R.I.P to Prodigy you will always be loved, and missed. God Bless you and your family, I'm at a loss of words."
Peers joined him in mourning Prodigy, and immediately took to social media to share tributes to their fallen brother.
A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:33am PDT
RIP Prodigy one of the greatest rappers ever!!!!!— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) June 20, 2017
Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. 🙏🏽 to and for his fam. Love. MOBB— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 20, 2017
RIP PRODIGY 🙏🏾 . HIP HOP LOST ANOTHER LEGEND— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) June 20, 2017
A post shared by Jungleqb (@jungleqb) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42am PDT
Damn Man. Prodigy dying hurt. Sad for Hip Hop.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) June 20, 2017
REST IN PEACE GOD P.— BLUE CHIPS 7000 (@ActionBronson) June 20, 2017
Heartbroken.— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) June 20, 2017
A post shared by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:10am PDT
Rest in Peace Prodigy from Mobb Deep 🙌🏾— ALI AS (@AliAs_BM4G) June 20, 2017
A post shared by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:04am PDT
Love and light to the family and friends of Prodigy.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 20, 2017
One of Queen’s finest. He will be greatly missed.
I'm sick to my stomach, what terrible news to wake up to. RIP Prodigy one of my favourite rappers of all time, can't believe this.— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) June 20, 2017
Fuck off! Not Prodigy! 😫— MIKILL PANE (@MikillPane) June 20, 2017
Prodigy was one of the people who raised me lyrically so I'll basically be sad all day..— ROYCE (@Royceda59) June 20, 2017
I can't right now. #PRODIGY— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) June 20, 2017
#RIPPRODIGY 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢 Mobb Deep is my favorite rap group of all time. Anybody that knows me knows this to be true...— Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga) June 20, 2017
Rip prodigy. God bless his family and all his fans. Mobb forever.— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) June 20, 2017
Damn man.... Life is a gift. p was a gift to his fam and the rap world RIP P— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) June 20, 2017
Wow another one gone too soon R.I.P. Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Wow SMH. https://t.co/uhCt6L2iPm— Krayzie Bone (@iamKrayzieBone) June 20, 2017
Prodigy de Mobb Deep, grand Monsieur du rap... R I P— YURI BARBARO$$A (@DossehLaFamine) June 20, 2017
P! #mobbdeep— methodman (@methodman) June 20, 2017
I bump Infamous in da whip every other day so even though he's gone in the physical form, he will never die to me. RIP Prodigy of Mobb Deep.— RICH KIDD | R-WAY (@richkiddbeats) June 20, 2017
new york and the world just changed. rest in peace Prodigy.— el-p (@therealelp) June 20, 2017
R.I.P #PRODIGY— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) June 20, 2017
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/wMsqob89Wi— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) June 20, 2017
"Rock you in your face, stab your brain with your nose bone" will forever be the hardest line.— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) June 20, 2017
RIP PRODIGY sleep well king...— ghost (@therealstylesp) June 20, 2017
A post shared by @djpremier on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:12am PDT
I got into the elevator at my Brooklyn apartment last year with ed Sammy and lo.. this man walked out and I had to stop the elevator like ...WAIT.. what's your name? He said prodigy. We all lost it. He came over, we smoked, talked, he gave me his new book, we never forgot about it... thank you for being a legend, a father, and on the personal tip a very welcoming neighbor. 17 Monster will miss you forever. RIP P
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Steve Rifkind, founder of Loud Records, also shared his own tribute to Prodigy.
It would be impossible to share all the well-wishes from around the hip-hop world, and that's probably the best tribute of all. Despite warring with damn near everybody during his career—including his partner, Havoc—Prodigy is universally respected by his peers and the people who grabbed the torch from his generation. In a no holds barred industry like rap music, it speaks volumes for a combative rapper like Prodigy to get a grand send off.
Nothing can replace losing him, but Prodigy's loved ones can take solace in the impact he left and the enduring legacy of his music.