The world of hip-hop is in mourning after news broke yesterday (20/6/17) that rap legend of Mobb Deep fame – Prodigy – had passed away.
But it hasn’t taken long for conspiracy theorists to wade in on his untimely death.
It can be revealed that at the time of the Queen’s MC’s untimely death he was set to embark on a unique project.
In an interview with Complex, music journalist Kathy Iandoli, who helped Prodigy on his book Commissary Kitchen, revealed he was planning a musical about the Illuminati.
The off-Broadway musical would examine how the idea of the Illuminati in hip-hop has influenced music. Now fans are asking – was Prodigy silenced because he knew too much and was planning to go public with his knowledge on the secret organization?
“The one thing we were planning on doing was a musical about the Illuminati and how the obsession with the Illuminati infiltrated people’s opinions of hip-hop,” Kathy said.
“We were initially going to do an interactive type of musical with a company that runs The Illuminati Ball, but then we decided to take our idea to an off-Broadway situation. Tell a story with a very specific beginning, middle, and end,” she added.
“But [the story] began with prison; it was semi-autobiographical. Many people would call him a conspiracy theorist, but a lot of what he thought wasn’t rooted in completely distrusting everything. [He was interested in] how people absorb information and what they do with that information,” Kathy concluded.
Prodigy – real name Albert Johnson – was found unconscious in Las Vegas. His cause of death remains unclear, but the his publicist sent the following statement to the music website XXL:
“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. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Mobb Deep, was a duo that consisted of Prodigy and the rapper Havoc. The two met as kids while living in the New York City housing project Queensbridge Houses.
They went on to sell more than 3 million records in their career. Their albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth have been a staple with hip hop fans since their release in the early 90s.
The duo took an indefinite hiatus in 2012. But they reunited in 2014, releasing their eighth album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, in 2014.
May He Rest In Peace.