Method Man appeared on The Chris Gethard Show on Friday and named Prodigy, the Mobb Depp rapper who died in June of this year at age 42, as one of the best rappers in the game.
“In his heyday he was top 5 in New York, for sure,” Method Man said.
“And that’s coming from you!” Gethard noted.
“I'm still a fan," he explained. "People tend to put themselves on this pedestal or whatever, and it gets to the point where they're not fans anymore. I'm always gonna be a fan. If I see something that I like and I'm rockin' with that person, I'm a fan of that person."
"I've got a top five MCs, but I just don't name them," Method Man added.
Gethard and Method Man agreed that Prodigy’s “Shook Ones Pt. II” is an important part of Prodigy’s legacy, as it is one of Prodigy’s greatest songs. “That song will be played until the end of time,” Gethard said. “Absolutely,” Method Man agreed.
Prodigy’s death earlier this year from complications related to sickle cell anemia left the rap world shaken. Many artists made it a point to honor the legendary rapper in whatever way they could. Nas, for example, paid tribute to Prodigy by performing “Shook Ones Pt. II” during a set at a Netherlands festival.
Prodigy’s partner Havoc and Lil Kim honored Prodigy during the BET Awards in June, only weeks after Prodigy had died.
"This week, hip-hop suffered a painful loss, with the sudden passing of our brother, Prodigy," Lil Kim said. "His pen painted vivid pictures of street life. He made what was ugly sound beautiful."
"For over 20 years, he and I went through it all, and seen it all," Havoc added. "I'm going to miss my dude. This loss is painful. But the lyrical legacy he left us will impact the culture forever. Rest in peace, Prodigy. My brother."
Finally, Rick Ross also paid his respects to the Queensbridge rapper by playing “Shook Ones Pt. II” during his set at the the 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival in August. Ross also took the opportunity to honor Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park, who committed suicide this year, by playing the band’s hit song with Jay Z “Numb/Encore.”