Nas always had a complicated relationship with Mobb Deep, and especially with Prodigy, who died two weeks ago at the way-too-young age of 24. (Nas was not unique in this regard. Prodigy had problems with basically everybody he ever met. I’m reading his excellent memoir right now, and that guy was wild.) Nas and Mobb Deep both came from the Queensbridge projects around the same time, and they recorded a number of songs together. But Prodigy felt slighted by Nas more than once, and he unloaded on him in verse a few times. Still, in the wake of his passing, Nas has had nothing but veneration for Prodigy. And as The FADER points out, Nas honored Prodigy’s memory by performing Mobb Deep’s classic “Shook Ones Part II” at a festival in the Netherlands this past weekend. Below, watch fan-made footage of that performance and read Nas’ Intagram tribute to P.
A moment of silence for a great lyricist. Poet. Wordsmith. Fighter. Hip Hop King. This one hit home. Glad we spoke a little before your transition. Time is precious, don't waste it, have those difficult conversations now because tomorrow is never promised. Luv Forever. Wish I was in America to see u off today MY G. Sendin Luv & Light to Havoc & Condolences to your families. RIP P may your light help us find our way! Shout out to Hempstead L.I. and the 41 side of 12th St, QB ?????? YERRRRRR!! THUNNNNNNNN ! One Love