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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Prodigy, "Keep it Thoro" (2000)

The Alchemist, a young, white producer from Beverly Hills who'd been mentored by Cypress Hill, produced a couple tracks on Mobb Deep's 1999 album Murda Muzik. But it was his standout work on Prodigy’s first solo album, H.N.I.C, that cemented Alc as the second most important beatmaker in Prodigy’s life – and cemented Prodigy as a solo force to be reckoned with. "Keep It Thoro" was a characteristically ballsy way to kick off P's solo career, rhyming relentlessly over a chiming piano loop from the 1978 Jack Mayborn track "Disco People" and boasting "heavy airplay all day with no chorus" on a radio single that had a horn break in place of a lyrical refrain.

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