Albert Johnson (2 November 1974 – 20 June 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper and half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc. Prodigy was born on 2 November 1974, in Hempstead, New York. He had one elder brother, Greg Johnson. He came from a musical family. His grandfather Budd Johnson was a saxophonist, and his grand-uncle, Keg Johnson, was a trombonist. Both of them are remembered for their contributions to the Bebop era of jazz. His mother, Fatima Frances (Collins) Johnson, was a member of The Crystals.

His father, Budd Johnson Jr., was a member of a Doo wop music group called The Chanters. His great-great-great-grandfather,William Jefferson White, founded Georgia’s Morehouse College.

Prodigy grew up in LeFrak City. While attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, he met his future music partner, Havoc. The duo became the “Poetical Prophets”, before choosing the name “The Infamous Mobb Deep”. Under the alias Lord-T (The Golden Child), the then 16-year-old Johnson joined Jive Records and landed an uncredited guest appearance on the Boyz N The Hood soundtrack, for his collaborative efforts on the song “Too Young” by Hi-Five in 1991.

He was compared to fellow rapper Nas, who took a similar approach lyrically on his Illmatic album from 1994, Mobb Deep released The Infamous in 1995, which was certified Gold by the RIAA within the first two months of its release. A year and a half later, at the end of 1996, Prodigy and Havoc released Hell on Earth, which debuted at number six on SoundScan. Its next release, Murda Muzik, was heavily bootlegged while still in its demo stage, leaking, onto the streets and over the internet, rough versions of the nearly 30 songs the duo had recorded In November 2000, Prodigy released his debut solo album H.N.I.C..

His follow up solo album would be released in 2008. But during the next 6 years, between the release of his first two solo albums, Prodigy continued to work with Mobb Deep, releasing Infamy in 2001, Amerikaz Nightmare in 2004, and Blood Money in 2006.


Artist: Prodigy
Title: Tyrrany (Explicit)
Album: Hegelian Dialectic (The Book of Revelation)
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Artist: Prodigy
Title: Recipe for Murder
Album: The Bumpy Johnson Album (Explicit)
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Artist: Prodigy
Title: Co-Pilot (Wiz Khalifa)
Album: H.N.I.C. 3
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Artist: Prodigy
Title: Illuminati (Explicit)
Album: H.N.I.C. Pt. 2
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Artist: Prodigy
Title: Keep It Thoro
Album: H.N.I.C. (Explicit)
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Artist: Prodigy & Alchemist
Title: Dough Pildin
Album: Albert Einstein
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Artist: Prodigy & Big Twins
Title: Sex, Drugs & Murder
Album: Product of the 80’s
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 Artist: Prodigy (Alchemist)
 Title: Mac 10 Handle
 Album: Return of the Mac
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Studio Album

Hegelian Dialectic (The Book of Revelation) (2017 Infamous Record), H.N.I.C. 3 (2012 Infamous Record), The Bumpy Johnson Album (2012 Infamous Record), H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 (2008 Voxonic), H.N.I.C. (2000 Relativity Records).

Mobb Deep – Studio albums

The Infamous Mobb Deep (2014), Blood Money (2006), Amerikaz Nightmare (2004), Infamy (2001), Murda Muzik (1999), Hell on Earth (1996), The Infamous (1995), Juvenile Hell (1993).

Collaborative albums

Young Rollin Stonerz (with Boogz Boogetz) (2014 Infamous Records), Albert Einstein (with The Alchemist) (2013 Infamous Records), Product of the 80’s (with Big Twins & Un Pacino) (2008 Dirt Class Records), Return of the Mac (with The Alchemist) (2007 E1 Music).


Albert Einstein: P=mc2 Bonus EP (with The Alchemist) (2014 Infamous Records).

As Mobb Deep – Black Cocaine (2011)

Compilation albums

The Most Infamous (2014 Infamous Records).

As Mobb Deep Compilation albums

The Safe Is Cracked (2009), The Infamous Instrumentals (2008), The Infamous Archives (2007), Life of the Infamous: The Best of Mobb Deep (2006).


Hell Still on Earth EP (with Conway) (2016 Griselda), R.I.P. (1-3) (hosted by Ski Beatz) (2016 Self-released), H.N.I.C. 3: The Mixtape (2012 Self-released), The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP (2011 Self-released), Ultimate P (2009 Self-released), H.N.I.C. 2 Advance Mixtape (2008 Self-released), Closed Session (with Illa Ghee) (2005 Self-released), H.N.I.C. Pt. 1 Mixtape  (2000 Self-released).

As Mobb Deep Mixtapes

White Cocaine 2 (Mixed by Dj Iron Sparks) (2015), The Realest Duo (Mixed by DJ Rapsin) (2015), White Cocaine (Mixed by Dj Iron Sparks) (2011), Free Agents: The Murda Mixtape (2003), Free Agents: The Murda Mixtape (2003), Back from a Hiatus (1998).

Singles – As lead artist

“Money on Ya Head” (featuring Chinx Drugz and Boogz Boogetz) (2013 Album N/A), “Get Money” (featuring Boogz Boogetz) (2012 Album H.N.I.C. 3), “Pretty Thug” (2012 Album H.N.I.C. 3), “Gangsta Love” (featuring Esther) (2012 Album H.N.I.C. 3), “Great Spitters” (featuring Cory Gunz) (2012 Album H.N.I.C. 3: The Mixtape), “Shed Thy Blood” (featuring Un Pacino) (2008 Album Product of the 80’s), “In the Smash” (featuring Twin Gambino) (2008 Album Product of the 80’s).

“Stop Stressin'” (2008 Album Product of the 80’s), “New Yitty” (2008 Album H.N.I.C. Pt. 2), “The Life” (2008 Album H.N.I.C. Pt. 2), “ABC” (2007 Album H.N.I.C. Pt. 2).  “Stuck on You” (2007 Album Return of the Mac), “Return of the Mac” (2007 Album Return of the Mac), “Mac 10 Handle” (2006 Album Return of the Mac), “Y.B.E. (Young Black Entrepreneurs)” (featuring B.G.) (2000 Album H.N.I.C.), “Keep It Thoro” (2000 Album H.N.I.C.), “Rock Dat Shit” (2000 Album H.N.I.C.).

Mobb Deep Singles – As lead artist 30 singles, As featured artist 5 singles and 50 Guest appearances singles.

As featured artist

“Chase the Paper” (50 Cent featuring Prodigy, Styles P and Kidd Kidd) (2014 Album Animal Ambition), “New York City” (Troy Ave featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E. and Prodigy) (2013 Album New York City: The Album).

Guest appearances

“Save Them” AZ, Raekwon (2017 Do Or Die 2), “Benz Window” Conway (2016 Don’t Get Scared Now), “Seniorities” Lloyd Banks, Vado (2016 All or Nothing: Live It Up), “Respect” DJ Kay Slay, Raekwon, Papoose ( 2015 Shadow Of The Sun), “Uncut Raw” Havoc (2014 13 Reloaded), “90s Flow” DJ Kay Slay, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, McGruff, N.O.R.E., Lil’ Fame, Rell (2014 Rhyme or Die), “Street Corner Freestyle” Tony Touch (2013 The Piece Maker 3: Return of the 50 MCs), “Seven Series Triplets” Action Bronson, Raekwon (2013 Saaab Stories), “Fish Meat” Durag Dynasty (2013 360 Waves).

“Pinky Ring” Statik Selektah (2013 Extended Play), “Confessions of a Cash Register” Mac Miller (2013 N/A), “Grind Mode” Realm Reality (2013 In The Grind We Trust), “Fish Meat” Durag Dynasty (2013 360 Waves), “Pinky Ring” Statik Selektah (2013 Extended Play), “Confessions of a Cash Register” Mac Miller (2013 N/A), “Grind Mode” Realm Reality (2013 In The Grind We Trust), “Turn Me Up” Boogz Boogetz (2012 C.O.O.L. (Creating Our Own Lane)).

“Something More” Xzibit (2012 Napalm), “No Sunshine” French Montana, Chinx Drugz (2012 Mac & Cheese 3), “Dump Truck” Gangrene (2012 Vodka & Ayahuasca), “21 Gun Salute” Big Bad 4-0 (2012 New World Agenda), “Body” Childish Gambino (2012 N/A), “Till The Angels Come” Domo Genesis, Freddie Gibbs (2012 No Idols), “Fuck Yall Niggaz” Tony Yayo, Lil’ Fame, D-Tay (2011 The Swine Flu 2), “The Type” Currensy (2011 Covert Coup), “Rollercoaster”Tony Yayo (2011 Gun Powder Guru 4 (EP)), “Bottles Go Bang” N.O.R.E., Styles P (2011 The N.O.R.E.aster EP), “Take a Bow” Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks, Sen City (2011 Capo), “Nothing To Me” Mazaradi Fox (2011 N/A).

“Killa Squad” Ox (2011 Danger Zone), “Itz Aight” 40 Glocc, Sam Scarfo (2011 N/A), “1, 2, 3 Grind” Lloyd Banks (2011 The Cold Corner 2), “Running From” Trav (2011 N/A), “Martyr Slim the Mobster (2011 War Music), “We Mobb” French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame (2011 Lock Out), “On a Mission” Havoc (2009 Hidden Files), “Keep the Heels On” The Alchemist (2009 Chemical Warfare), “Fuck Yall Niggaz” Tony Yayo, Lil’ Fame, D-Tay (2009 The Swine Flu 2), “Key to the City” The Alchemist, Nina Sky (The Alchemist’s (2008 Cookbook), “Al Capone Zone” The Alchemist, Keak da Sneak (The Alchemist’s (2008 Cookbook), “Come Out” Tony Yayo (2008 S.O.D.).

“White Van”Jake One, Alchemist, Evidence (2008 White Van Music), Set Me Free” Havoc, Nyce da Future (2007 The Kush), “Queens”50 Cent, LL Cool J, Tony Yayo,Kool G Rap (2007 N/A), “You Got It” The Alchemist (2006 No Days Off), “I Betcha” The Alchemist, Kokane (2006 No Days Off), “Rotten Apple” Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent (2006 Rotten Apple), “Get Clapped” Lloyd Banks (2006 Rotten Apple), “Serial Killer”50 Cent, 40 Glocc (2006 Hip Hop Is Dead (G-Unit Radio Part 22)), “Untouchables” DJ Kay Slay, Raekwon, AZ (2004 The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2), “Last Laugh” Cypress Hill, Twin (2004 Till Death Do Us Part).

“Dead Bodies” The Alchemist, Game (2004 1st Infantry), “Hold You Down” The Alchemist, Nina Sky, Illa Ghee (2004 1st Infantry), “Tick Tock” The Alchemist, Nas (2004 1st Infantry), “Don’t Make a Wrong Move” Snoop Dogg, Special Ed, Mr. Kane (2002 Snoop Dogg Presents… Doggy Style Allstars Vol. 1), “Where You At” Kool G Rap (2002 The Giancana), “Queens Is” LL Cool J (2000 G.O.A.T.), “Q.B.G” Funkmaster Flex, Kool G Rap (1999 The Tunnel), “Violators” L Boogie, Sonya Blade, Noreaga, Mysonne, Busta Rhymes (1999 Violator: The Album), “Q.B.G” Funkmaster Flex, Kool G Rap (1999 The Tunnel), Tha Game” Pete Rock, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (1998 Soul Survivor), “I Shot Ya (Remix)” LL Cool J, Keith Murray, Fat Joe and Foxy Brown (1995 Mr. Smith), “Too Young” Hi-Five (1990 Hi-Five).

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