Following the news that veteran emcee Prodigy, following a lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia, has passed away at the age of 42, many of his longtime friends, peers and collaborators have flooded social media with lovely and heartfelt stories about the legendary duo Mobb Deep.
Among those who paid tribute to Prodigy was fellow New York rap veteran 50 Cent, who, in an Instagram post, shared a fairly crazy story about Prodigy being asked by NYPD to set him up with a gun.
"The police tried to get P to set me up," wrote 50. "They asked him if I keep any gun or drugs around. Then wanted him to put a gun in my car. He didn't do it, instead he told me what they were trying to do. My man P."
In 2006, Mobb Deep released their seventh studio album, Blood Money, on 50 Cent's G-Unit record label. It was the duo's one and only release on the label, which ended a brief working relationship between the two parties. "[Our album] was a little bit oversaturated with the G-Unit artists," Prodigy toldSOHH in 2013.
In the hours, days and weeks to come, fans should expect more stories about the life and legacy of Prodigy. Sadly, he won't be able to enjoy the roses.