Prodigy Mural In Queens Is Vandalized Just Hours After Completion
On Thursday (July 6), a mural dedicated to Mobb Deep MC Prodigy was completed in Queens, New York. The aerosol wall painting paid respects to the hometown artist (born Albert Johnson) who died on June 20. Created by Jeff Henriquez and Eli “Eos” Lazare “out of love and respect” for the veteran hit-maker, the mural is on display at 13th Street and 40th Avenue. The piece is on the Urban Upbound building in the Long Island City section of the borough, not far from P’s grandmother’s house where Mobb Deep would spend some of its formative days.
Less than two days after the mural was completed, it has been defaced. Vandals used white paint to cover up the image of the late MC.
Cormega, a fellow Queens representative who collaborated and toured extensively with Prodigy and Mobb decried the vandalism as “some sucker sh*t” as he showed the public:
Schott Free, one of the executive producers of The Infamous and celebrated Loud Records A&R had a similar sentiment to the vandals:
The artists have yet to respond at this time. In May, there was an outcry in nearby Brooklyn, New York after a popular mural of The Notorious B.I.G. was threatened to be removed by one building owner. That work of art was eventually saved, thanks to the Spread Art NYC organization.