Hip-Hop Notables Support Havoc As He Does His 1st Show Without Prodigy (Video)
Last November, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi took the Saturday Night Live stage, A Tribe Called Quest’s first major appearance since the death of Phife Dawg in March of 2016. For many, watching a beloved group perform new material for the first time in decades without one of its founding members there was a huge step in the collective healing process, a process still very much in its early phases as it relates to Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The 42-year-old MC passed away in June, and the pain is still very fresh. However, the strength and fortitude his musical partner, Havoc, recently showed at a performance is an exercise in catharsis.
On Friday, June 30 – just ten days after the shocking death of his Mobb Deep brother – Havoc performed at the New Jersey of the Art of Rap Festival, the same fest at which Prodigy would ultimately perform his final show, in Las Vegas. At the Performing Arts Center in Newark, Hav performed some of Prodigy’s material, including his iconic words on “Shook Ones Part II.” The footage obtained by TMZ is a painfully emotional thing to witness, but the supportive energy in the room is palpable, with some of Hip-Hop’s biggest names showing solidarity for their Queensbridge brother. Ice-T makes an appearance, and Heads may notice Remy Ma and Papoose on stage, as well. In fact, the entire theater erupts in support of Bandana P, as Hav leads the adoring crowd in an “RIP” chant.
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson was laid to rest in New York City on June 29. Thousands of loved ones and fans flocked to the public viewing, footage of which can be seen here, in footage captured by TMZ.