Prodigy Mural Permanently Removed After Being Vandalized Twice In A Week (Video)
Less than a week after a mural dedicated to Mobb Deep co-founder Prodigy was painted, it has twice been defaced. Saturday morning (July 8), the Queens, New York mural created by Jeff Henriquez and Eli “Eos” Lazare was covered by white paint. At the time, the mural was less than 48 hours old. The artists reportedly spent the weekend repairing the tribute, with help from Queens mixtape icon DJ Hotday (who allegedly provided lights).
Following that “community effort,” as Henriquez described it, the Long Island City public painting was defaced again. Sadly, in a weekend post, one of the artists stated that he expected it. This time, red paint covered the likeness of the MC/producer who died last month.
According to a socila media account reposted by XXL, the Urban Upbound building mural will now be permanently covered. The magazine posted footage of the black paint applied from a roller:
Smh, after being vandalized for the second time, they’re permanently covering Prodigy’s mural in Queens pic.twitter.com/6Fx6PKargR
— Shennessy. (@ShenaeCurry) July 10, 2017
While cowards may have ruined a loving tribute, Prodigy’s music, spirit and impact live on.