Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy has died suddenly at the age of 42.
The New York duo were a key component of hip-hop's golden age, driving the sound to intense new levels.
But it was the intricacy of Prodigy's raps that made him a true rap icon – dexterous word play with a flow that kicked hard, he leaves a formidable legacy.
Here are just a few of the tributes.
RIP PRODIGY https://t.co/9IPjJkPgwU
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) June 21, 2017
Eeesh RIP Prodigy, fucking true gentleman
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) June 20, 2017
3 months ago I've had the pleasure of having #Prodigy of #MobbDeep pay a visit to #QuestloveSupreme. It was a 3 hour interview. He was promoting his new book (written w my fav l boog sparring partner @Kathy3000) & solo project. I didn't know what to expect because I never knew him or his story in depth. I knew him as an Ill MC w the menacing deadpan delivery. But besides the pound & "whusup?" We pretty much kept it moving. I was so floored at him revealing his entire life story. We had so much in common it's a wonder it took THIS long for us to realize it: he too was raised in a musical family lineage full of struggle and fight grasping for respect and a seat at the table. This is probably the most honest jaw dropping interview we've ever done. Thank you for sharing your gifts w us P. Follow @QLS & click the link. Go to "episodes" in Questlove Supreme & click "Prodigy".
R.I.P. to the man with the most fitting name in the art…cause he was one. Prodigy gave us some of the illest most meaningful lines ever
— Ka (@BrownsvilleKa) June 20, 2017
Shit…. not P. This is heartbreaking. Not only is the music I love slowly dying but now so are the people who made it. #RIPProdigy
— Snips (@snipstweets) June 20, 2017
— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) June 20, 2017
— CHEEKY ANDY (@AndersonPaak) June 21, 2017