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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L.L. Cool J feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe and Foxy Brown, "I Shot Ya (Remix)" (1995)

This posse cut was brewed in the Nineties beef-war trenches (note L.L.'s spin on a Biggie song title), where the hottest rappers could dependably bring their A game. Prodigy, whose list of MCs he had grievances with remained huge throughout his career, had been feuding with the track's opening MC, Keith Murray: The Def Squad rapper thought Mobb Deep dissed him with a joke about "crazy space shit" on The Infamous. It eventually got physical outside legendary NYC rap spot the Tunnel. Here, Prodigy mainly delivers hard boasts, but there are a few moments where he manages to rekindle the beef by taking shots at Murray on the very track he opens (the lines were edited out with noises). In 2012, the lyricists were photographed together, and it appeared everything was water under the Queensbridge. C.W.

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