Atlanta’s own WSBTV Channel 2’s Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship are back at it again with an incredible tribute to the late rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep. As we say “back” this isn’t the first phenomenal tribute the two anchormen have done together including ones for Biggie and Phife Dawg.
Albert Johnson better known by his stage name Prodigy, was a legendary rapper and one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc.
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.
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.