Family and friends mourned the tragic death of Prodigy at a New York funeral on Thursday (June 29). But the beloved rapper, who died last week at the age of 42, was also celebrated by many of his fellow MCs.
Prodigy’s Mobb Deep brother Havoc was on hand for the ceremony, which took place at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Ave. LL Cool J, Remy Ma, Ice-T, Fat Joe, and 50 Cent also paid their respects. The G-Unit General — who signed the already well-established Mobb Deep to G-Unit Records in 2006 — spoke during the private event.
“I never spoke at a wake or funeral before but I felt like I had to say something at P’s,” 50 said via Instagram. “Rest In Peace prodigy.”
Taking to Instagram, Joey Crack opened up about the ceremony, which was also attended by Louis Farrakhan, Questlove, and Eddie Huang. “I stood in the funeral today in disbelief,” he explained. “I was so overwhelmed with sorrow just as a fan of Hip Hop music. I couldn’t believe we lost a Giant. his music was original and always authentic. he and Hav stayed true to their sound. as I look in the room and saw so many people who have played a part in my life I realized how blessed we are to have had one another in this industry.”
Fans lined up for a chance to enter a public funeral. Outside, many recited lyrics to Prodigy’s songs and inside, there was a memorial set up with memorabilia and artwork.
Prodigy died on June 20 after a long battle with sickle cell anemia. “I’m still just fucked up,” Havoc said in the days that followed. “I can’t even listen to ‘Shook Ones’ or any song. I can hardly look at the pictures. People that lost somebody know what I’m talking about.”