The hip-hop community came together on Thursday to honor one of the late greats.
A funeral service for Mobb Deep’s Prodigy was held at Frank E. Campbell Chapel in New York City with former rap partner Havoc, LL Cool J, Ice T and 50 Cent spotted outside the venue. Others in attendance included Questlove, Remy Ma and Fat Joe.
The ceremony was open to public visitation for friends and fans, according to Billboard.
Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, died on June 20 in Las Vegas at age 42 after being hospitalized due to complications caused by his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.
The Hempstead native formed Mobb Deep with Havoc in the early ’90s and the group released their debut, Juvenile Hell, in 1993. They achieved widespread acclaim with their second album, The Infamous, which is regarded as among the most seminal albums to emerge from the ’90s East Coast hip-hop scene.
Following the ceremony, many of the mourners took to social media.
“You would have been proud of how many people showed up and celebrated your life. We miss you King… Love you man. May you Rest easy,” LL Cool J, 49, shared on Twitter along with a photo of the funeral flyer.
“Just got home from the funeral… Very sad situation,” Ice T, 59, wrote.
Nas, who could not make the service, also sent his condolences via Instagram.
A moment of silence for a great lyricist. Poet. Wordsmith. Fighter. Hip Hop King. This one hit home. Glad we spoke a little before your transition. Time is precious, don't waste it, have those difficult conversations now because tomorrow is never promised. Luv Forever. Wish I was in America to see u off today MY G. Sendin Luv & Light to Havoc & Condolences to your families. RIP P may your light help us find our way! Shout out to Hempstead L.I. and the 41 side of 12th St, QB ☀️☀️☀️ YERRRRRR!! THUNNNNNNNN ! One Love
I remember I had Pun signed to loud records and we would see Hav and P there all the time and would just tell jokes and of course PUN would be pranking us. I stood in the funeral today in disbelief I was so overwhelmed with sorrow just as a fan of Hip Hop music. I couldn't believe we lost a Giant. his music was original and always authentic. he and Hav stayed true to their sound. as I look in the room and saw so many people who have played a part in my life I realized how blessed we are to have had one another in this industry. first we Rap then promote then hit the road to pay our bills. I know I've been threw ups and downs financially and emotionally I can only imagine how hard it was for P to be fighting an illness his whole life and still provided for his family and most of all he did it for his fans. New York we lost a king , a genius a legend I will truly miss him and always have love for the infamous Mobb Deep. Rip Prodigy 🙏🏽💔
This day is really hard for me I feel like a piece of me is gone. In some way you, Havoc and I were like a little group. We have so much history together and there was so much more left for us to do. Not only were u one of hip hop's greatest lyricist u were like family to me and I'm going to miss u dearly. I pray for your family and loved ones I will keep them in prayer at all times. I'm going to rep u always baby and keep your name alive forever. Sleep peacefully Angel. #RIPProdigy #mobbdeep
On Sunday at the BET Awards, Havoc and Lil’ Kim paid tribute to Prodigy while presenting an award.
“This week, hip-hop suffered a painful loss, with the sudden passing of our brother, Prodigy,” Lil’ Kim began. “His pen painted vivid pictures of street life. He made what was ugly sound beautiful.”
“For over 20 years, he and I went through it all and seen it all,” Havoc added. “I’m going to miss my dude. This loss is painful. But the lyrical legacy he left us will impact the culture forever. Rest in peace, Prodigy. My brother.”