Back in the day Mobb Deep was all the talk. Prodigy and Havoc were a duo that couldn’t be separated, and they became one of the biggest groups in hip-hop. One half of Mobb Deep was lost when Prodigy passed away at the age of 42, but he won’t be forgotten any time soon. Prodigy was set to live forever through his music and art, but a mural of the rapper was recently defaced, so it ended up being removed.
Honoring the Legend
In order to honor Prodigy after his death, a Queensbridge mural was created. A photographer by the name of Raphael Gonzalez has been documenting the progress of the mural as well as other work by the artists. He shared a few pictures on Instagram, but unfortunately it seems like the mural’s time has come to an end.
“The #Prodigy tribute is no more and has been buffed black. Much respect to @JeffHenriquezArt_ and @elementsofstyle_nyc for their dedication and hard work,” he said.
He continued, saying, “They got a lot of love and respect from the community. True artists. #ripprodigy.”
The news of the mural’s removal came when a producer that worked with Mobb Deep shared a video of the eradication earlier this week. In the caption he commented, “Ok brothers and sisters the mural is going down. But remember his name forever ‘REST IN PEACE PRODIGY.'”
According to HipHopDX, the mural was painted by Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare. Unfortunately over the weekend it was vandalized just hours after it’s unveiling. The two artists worked quickly to try and repair it, and 15 hours later they got the job done.
However, that didn’t last long. The painting was defaced for a second time after someone hit it with a giant splash of red paint right across Prodigy’s face.