Rapper Prodigy’s Mural Defaced a Day After Going Up

A mural for recently deceased rap pioneer Prodigy of Mobb Deep was defaced less than 24 hours after it went up in Queens.

Someone appeared to have thrown white paint over the two-story mural of the rapper born Albert Johnson, who died on June 20, in Las Vegas from complications from sickle cell anemia.

Brooklyn rapper Cormega, who collaborated with Mobb Deep, shared a photo of the defaced mural on Instagram Saturday, saying, “This is some sucker s—t.”


The New York Daily News reports that the mural was painted on the side of nonprofit Urban Upbound’s building, across from the Queensbridge housing project Prodigy grew up in.

A crew immediately began refurbishing the work of art, created by artists Jeff Henriquez and Eli “Eli Los” Lazare, who spent five days creating the piece.

Lazare said the artists created the mural as a place for Prodigy’s friends and family to “see you and reminisce of the great memories they lived through you and by your side along your journey here on Earth.”

Although Prodigy had beef with lots of folks over the years (including his partner in Mobb Deep, Havoc,) I have our words here: Have some fucking respect.

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