Mojo (UK) - - Real Gone - Clive Prior

Raised in Queens, Al­bert John­son came from a mu­si­cal fam­ily: his mother Frances was a late-pe­riod mem­ber of The Crys­tals, while his grand­fa­ther Budd was a noted jazz sax­o­phon­ist. Af­ter ap­pear­ing on the Boyz N The Hood movie sound­track in 1991, the younger John­son linked with his part­ner Havoc as Mobb Deep: their raw 1995 sopho­more LP The In­fa­mous is an es­sen­tial trans­mis­sion from rap’s hard­core East Coast. Four more Top 10 al­bums would fol­low, in­clud­ing 1996’s Hell On Earth and 2006’s Blood Money, with Prodigy also record­ing solo from 2000. A blunt but lyri­cally re­fined MC, he was no stranger to con­tro­versy: drawn into beefs with peers (later this in­cluded Havoc) both off and on wax, in 2007 he would be sen­tenced to three and a half years in prison for il­le­gal firearm pos­ses­sion. Upon re­lease, he pub­lished his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy My In­fa­mous Life, and re­formed Mobb Deep for live shows and 2014’s The In­fa­mous Mobb Deep. Hav­ing re­leased The Hegelian Dialec­tic (The Book Of Rev­e­la­tion) ear­lier this year, Prodigy suc­cumbed to sickle cell anaemia on June 20.

For­ever in­fa­mous: Prodigy takes it to the stage.

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