Prodigy: 10 Essential Tracks From the Mobb Deep MC

Rapper Prodigy died at the age of 42, but his legacy of mixing street-level grit with emotional heft lives on

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Tragedy feat. Capone-N-Noreaga and Mobb Deep, "L.A. L.A." (1996)

On the original mixtape version of this essential moment for Queensbridge thug rap, Stretch Armstrong effectively jacks DJ Pooh's beat from Tha Dogg Pound's dis "New York, New York," and adds a dollop of noise from Marley Marl's "The Bridge." Prodigy sings a coldhearted hook inspired by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's seminal "New York, New York," and underrated Queens hero Tragedy closes with a scalding verse: "Been on this planet for 25 years and still strong/The world's rotten like the veins in my father's arm. … Y'all halfway niggas, I'd advise you not to try this." M.R.

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