The Queensbridge mural created to honor the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who passed away on 21st June from complications due to Sickle-cell anemia has been permanently removed after vandals defaced it on two separate occasions. Photographer Raphael Gonzalez, who has been documenting the work of the mural’s creators, shared a picture of the art’s former home and commended the artists for their efforts.
“The #Prodigy tribute is no more and has been buffed black,” Gonzalez wrote on Instagram. “#queensbridge Much respect to @jeffhenriquezart_ and @elementsofstyle_nyc for their dedication and hard work, thy got a lot of love and respect from the community. True artists.”
News of the mural’s unfortunate removal first emerged when Frankie Cutlass, a producer who has worked with Mobb Deep, shared a video of its eradication on Monday (July 10).
Regardless, Prodigy is loved and respected by millions of hip-hop fans and enthusiasts around the Globe. R.I.P. Prodigy. The Legacy forever lives on.