The tributes keep rolling in, deservedly, for Prodigy, the legendary Mobb Deep emcee who passed away on Tuesday (June 20), after being hospitalized for symptoms related to his lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia.
After rocking the stage alongside him just weeks ago at Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, Roots frontman Black Thought took to Instagram to share his first memory of Prodigy, which he says occurred after the late Matteo “Matt Lyphe” Capoluongo (a.k.a. “Matty C”), a highly-respected A&R, played him several unreleased records off Mobb Deep's iconic sophomore album, The Infamous.
"I remember Matty C playing me unreleased joints off The Infamous and thinking 'these guys are about to change the game,'" Black Thought wrote.
In an Instagram post immediately following Roots Picnic, Black Thought called The Infamous an album that helped him "set the bar" for a hip-hop LP. "Wu-Tang Clan 36 Chambers, Nas Illmatic, and a couple more joints but... The Infamous was definitely one of them," he wrote.
We agree, Thought. And, although P is now gone, the music is forever.