Albert Johnson, better known as the rapper Prodigy of the legendary hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at 42 years old, according to reports from TMZand XXL.
He was found unconscious Tuesday morning and died later in the day.
As of this writing his cause of death is unknown, though the rapper had been recently hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia while in Las Vegas for a Mobb Deep performance.
Alongside rapper and producer Havoc, Prodigy founded Mobb Deep in Queensbridge Houses in New York City.
They released their debut album, Juvenile Hell, in 1993 and went on to become one of the most iconic New York rap groups of the ‘90s, propelled in large part by the strength of their sophomore album, 1995’s The Infamous.
That record, which was largely self-produced by Mobb Deep, remains a cornerstone of gritty, lyrically driven hip-hop. Read more (6/20/17)
OK BUT WHOS SAMUEL WHY IS HE CRYING AND WHY DOES IT HURT MY HEART SO MUCH
here’s brief rant i mean INTRODUCTION about samuel :)
Kim Samuel or Kim Arredondo Samuel, 2002 liner, Half-korean and Half-latino, an ex-pledis trainee, was a part of SEVENTEEN TV when he was young but however in 2013 he departed from the company before debuting into SVT. He later became a part of a HIP-HOP duo called 1PUNCH (he was named PUNCH) but then disbanded. Labelmate ONE was scouted by YG ent. and left samuel behind (lol im not throwing shades in this part). NOW, he was a part of PRODUCE 101 Season 2, he didn’t get into top 11 and only got top 18th spot out of 20 trainee remaining which is a main freaking mystery because HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST TRAINEE IN THE SHOW I REPEAT ONE OF THE BEST TRAINEE WITH NATIONAL LEADER JONGHYUN who korea has slept on too. HE CHOREOGRAPH SOME DANCES FOR THE EVALUATION PERFORMANCES AND HE GOT THE FIRST RANK A SPOT ON THE FIRST EPISODE AND UNTIL NOW I DON’T KNOW WHY KOREA IS SLEEPING ON HIM.
[INTERVIEW] K.A.R.D Talks About Popularity Abroad And Being Korea’s Only Co-Ed K-Pop Idol Group
As Korea’s only co-ed K-pop idol group, K.A.R.D already stands out from the multitude of male and female idol groups in the industry.
Because of their unique group formation, K.A.R.D naturally is able to take on different concepts, performance techniques, and music genres than other K-pop idol groups, as single gender groups are arguably more limited by industry convention. Staying true to their unique style, K.A.R.D experienced the most success abroad when they released their first pre-debut project single “Oh NaNa.”
Even without ever promoting the song, “Oh NaNa” took the No. 2 spot on the U.S. iTunes K-Pop Chart and the track’s music video reached 6.3 million views in just a month on YouTube. The group’s popularity continued to grow as they released their second pre-debut single “Don’t Recall.” The music video for the song hit an impressive 1 million views in less than a day.
Despite their current success, K.A.R.D is not settling. B.M said, “We want to become world stars. We will work hard so that we will not just be the unique rookie group but will be a group that enters Billboard’s main chart.”
When asked why they think they are popular amongst international K-pop fans, the members unanimously answered it was because of their music and unique sound.
Jiwoo replied, “The genre of music we are making is popular amongst international fans and there are also many people in Korea who are becoming fans of [electropop/synth-pop]. I think it will become more popular when we start actively promoting our songs.”
The group is unusual in that they have not had a lot of media exposure yet, despite their popularity, as they have not actively promoted any of their songs on music programs. The group is planning to release one more single as part of their pre-debut project and said they believe they will begin active promotions before the end of the year.
The members talked about how K.A.R.D came to be and why becoming a co-ed group was a relief.
Somin had actually been part of two DSP girl groups, Puretty and April, before joining K.A.R.D. The singer said, “I wanted to try my hand at different kinds of music, which is why I decided to leave April. I was lucky enough to be able to join K.A.R.D at that time. Many people have told me that it seems like I have found something that fits me, so it’s a relief.”
B.M. said, “Originally, J.seph and I were going to debut as a hip-hop duo but plans changed.”
J.seph continued, “At first, it was disconcerting to be a co-ed group because I couldn’t picture it; however, now I feel like it was a great blessing because Somin and Jiwoo have made up for our weaknesses and we are able to appeal to fans in a way that only a co-ed group can.”
The group also expressed their desire to meet fans as quickly as possible and stated that they were preparing to release their third and final pre-debut single.
NEW YORK — Rapper Prodigy, a member of the hardcore New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42.
The rapper’s publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance.
The exact cause of death was not clear, the representative said.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press in Las Vegas that it could take up to six weeks to determine a cause of death. But he said foul play was not suspected. Officer Laura Meltzer said Las Vegas police were not called to investigate the death.
Prodigy was born in New York. He found success in the ‘90s with fellow rapper Havoc in Mobb Deep. The duo’s hits included “Quiet Storm” with Lil Kim, “Shook Ones (Part II)” and “Hey Luv (Anything).”
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” the statement read from Prodigy’s publicist. “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Nas, who is also from Queens, New York, called Prodigy a “king” in an Instagram post. Prodigy’s rap partner, Havoc, posted two photos on Instagram, one with the caption: “Forever.” And Lil Wayne tweeted: “Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G.”
Others, from Sean “Diddy” Combs to Q-Tip, also paid tribute to Prodigy, who was often praised for his skilled rhymes and lyrics.
Mobb Deep earned a platinum plaque for the 1999 album, “Murda Muzik,” which featured the memorable remix of “Quiet Storm,” still performed by Lil Kim on the road today. The duo also reached gold status with the albums “Infamy,” “Hell on Earth” and “The Infamous.”
Prodigy released several solo albums, including the gold-selling “H.N.I.C.” 2000.
He released a cookbook of prison recipes last year, based on his time in jail. The book, “commissary kitchen: my infamous prison cookbook,” was released on Infamous, Prodigy’s own imprint at Brooklyn-based Akashic Books.
He said being in prison changed him. Prodigy served most of a 3.5-year sentence in a medium-security dorm at Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica, New York, after a plea deal on a weapons possession charge in 2007.
“It made me realize the gravity, the reality of having everything taken from you. My career, my family, my freedom,” he told The Associated Press in an interview last year.
The rapper, who is a father of two, said it was hard to leave his kids who were young when he went to prison.
“I just tell them, you know, it was horrible. You don’t ever want to be in that position. Learn from my mistakes. Learn from me. You don’t have go through it yourself,” he said.
Associated Press Writer Ken Ritter contributed to this report from Las Vegas.
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