Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes toast Prodigy after BET Awards
Hours after a touching on-air tribute to Mobb Deep’s Albert “Prodigy” Johnson at the BET Awards, hip-hop stars past and present gathered to remember the influential artist.
Loud Records Founder and WAV principal Steve Rifkind cohosted the event — and led a toast in Prodigy’s honor — with Havoc of Mobb Deep at the Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on June 25. Among those in attendance were: Lil’ Kim, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Papoose, LeToya Luckett, and Stretch Armstrong.
Along with his musical partner Havoc, Prodigy was a leading light of the hardcore hip-hop sound of the 1990s, and Mobb Deep’s 1995 album “The Infamous” — with its raw depictions of inner city life — was instrumental in returning New York City to the hip-hop vanguard after years of dominance from upstarts on the West Coast. (pagesix)
Nas, Lil’ Kim, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane & More Rap Legends Expected For Prodigy’s Funeral New York rappers Nas, Lil’ Kim, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane and many more high-profile artists are expected to remember Prodigy in-person. New reports claim the Big Apple veterans will show up today (June 29) at Capital P’s Manhattan funeral. (sohh.com)
Posted on 29 Jun 2017 by LilKimZone
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Lil' Kim and Mobb Deep's Havoc paid tribute to the late rapper Prodigy onstage at the 2017 BET Awards.
"This week, hip-hop suffered a painful loss, with the sudden passing of our brother, Prodigy," Lil' Kim began. "His pen painted vivid pictures of street life. He made what was ugly sound beautiful."
"For over 20 years, he and I went through it all, and seen it all," Havoc added. "I'm going to miss my dude. This loss is painful. But the lyrical legacy he left us will impact the culture forever. Rest in peace, Prodigy. My brother."
"We love you so much," Lil Kim said. "We will never stop repping you -- forever, you live with us."
Lil' Kim is in hot water after a Sunday morning robbery in Los Angeles.
The Brooklyn-born Grammy winner is reportedly being eyed by the Los Angeles Police Department as a person of interest after her crew allegedly lifted a deposit check and cash worth $20,000 from a home Kim had rented — and then bailed on — for the night.
The incident began after Kim and her crew determined the home, which they had rented for a BET party Saturday night, was not up to snuff, TMZ reports. The "Crush on You" singer demanded money back from the owner or property manager, but did not receive it, sparking an argument that resulted in a call to the cops.
The police determined it was a civil matter and left, but robbers reportedly returned to the home around 4 a.m. donning ski masks and flaunting weapons to retrieve the deposit, slash the victim's tires and steal a hubcap while they were at it.
The LAPD has reportedly launched a robbery investigation.
Representatives for Lil' Kim did not immediately respond to request for comment. (Rollingout)
Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by LilKimZone
Lil Kim on her Relationship with Prodigy
Yesterday in Beverly Hills, the ladies of Bad Boy--Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Total and Laurieann Gibson--came together for Ciroc's 'Empowered Women' brunch that honored the female superstars.
After the brunch, Lil Kim and Faith sat together to reflect on their relationship, life on Bad Boy, and the loss of Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Obviously, Kim and Mobb collaborated on one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever, the remix to "Quiet Storm." The Queen Bee said P's death was not only a shock, but it was extra painful because they had quarreled and hadn't resolve it.
"I'm real funny when it comes to stuff like that on Instagram," Kim began to tell. "Sometimes I [post about people's death], but it's hard when it's somebody close to you. When we was coming up and had our record, we did everything together. And when [Prodigy's death] happened, me and his relationship wasn't in the best place because we were almost like family, too. We argue and they pass, it's the worst thing. That's like the worst thing."
Despite not seeing eye to eye, Kim says she still would perform the classic with Mobb from time to time.
"We still came together.," she said with tears beginning to form. "The last thing we did...Havoc is my baby. He always tried to keep the peace between [me and Prodigy]. We were not, like, speaking, but we were on stage and we always felt the energy with each other. But it's the worst thing. I love him to death. I wish I was able to see him and speak to him. But I know his spirit is always here." (Revolt)
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Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by LilKimZone
Lil Kim to Pay Tribute to Prodigy at 2017 BET Awards
The 2017 BET Awards will reportedly honor Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, after the critically acclaimed rapper died a mere five days before the ceremony’s taping. While such tributes are common, such as Chris Lighty being honored at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, a recent report indicates things will be toned down for Prodigy’s tribute.
“The BET Awards will pay tribute to Prodigy, but it won't be a major spectacle—instead, his rap partner Havoc and Lil Kim will do the honors on their own,” read a TMZ report published Saturday, citing anonymous sources.
Lil Kim and Mobb Deep collaborated on the 1999 single “Quiet Storm (Remix).” Both Kim and Havoc are expected to share personal statements about Prodigy during the award show taping.
The report went on to add that executives behind the scenes at the BET Awards attempted to arrange a tribute performance which would have incorporated other artists, but they were leery of damaging relationships with other acts after contracts to perform had already been confirmed.