Not Meant to Be
Mobb Deep was one of the most inspirational groups of hip hop back in their day. Prodigy and Havoc were a dynamic duo that couldn’t be separated; they dominated with their on-stage performances. Unfortunately one half of Mobb Deep was lost when Prodigy passed away earlier this summer at the age of 42. The legendary rapper won’t be forgotten anytime soon, however it seems like a mural in Queensbridge isn’t an option when it comes to immortalizing the legend.
After the stunning mural of Prodigy went up in Queensbridge, the artists and fans were punched in the gut when it was defaced multiple times. Less than 24 hours after the reveal, someone splattered red paint across Prodigy’s face.
Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare, the artists who came together to make the dream a reality, said they almost expected the mural to be defaced at some point.
The mural was defaced a second time shortly after it was repaired by the artists. To everyone’s disappointment, the decision was made to just cover the whole wall in black and be done with it, all because of some disrespectful people who couldn’t stay away.
Mike Delorean, former member of a group signed to Prodigy’s Infamous Records imprint, sat down and did an interview where he explained why he thinks the mural can’t really exist.
“He scarred some people personally… He talked badly about people… people in jail. People who embraced him,” he said. “[Prodigy] disrespected dead and incarcerated Queensbridge natives.”
“Is that why the mural can’t exist on the Queensbridge property?” the interviewer asked. “Yes,” Delorean responded.