By: April Carson
Prodigy will be immortalized on a block in his native Queensbridge, New York, four years after his death. Queensbridge Street will be renamed "Prodigy Way" in honor of the late rapper, whose real name was Albert Johnson.
After Prodigy's death from complications related to sickle cell anemia in 2017, fans and members of the hip-hop community began pushing for a permanent place to honor the rapper. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced on Tuesday that Queensbridge Street would renamed Prodigy Way.
"Prodigy was a giant in hip-hop who overcame homelessness, addiction and other obstacles before his death to become an international success," said Johnson. "He deserves a street named after him in his hometown of Queensbridge. I am proud to co-sponsor this and I look forward to working with the family, community and City agencies on street sign proposals."
After final approval has gone through from City Council, the corner of 12th Street and 41st Road in Queensbridge will be known as "Prodigy Way." The office of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, whose district includes Queensbridge, told Complex about the approval.
Prodigy was born and raised in Queensbridge alongside fellow Mobb Deep member Havoc, who the two went to the High School of Arts & Design before beginning to collaborate musically. The rapper was known for his gritty lyrics and unique style, which helped him achieve commercial success throughout his career.
The block's co-naming was accentuated by Prodigy's family, Havoc, Big Twins, and his non-profit Fathers Alive in the Hood, which remembers the rapper's life, impact, and musical legacy. Their request to rename the street was positively approved.
Aside from paying homage to his close friend and rap collaborator, Havoc was also a recent guest on Complex's Sneaker Battles, hosted by Smoke DZA. The rapper faced off against another hip-hop legend, Styles P. During the interview, Havoc reflected on Prodigy's life and how their friendship helped to shape his own.
"We was two young dudes from Queensbridge with a dream," he said. "To see it come full circle and have my brother immortalized in this way, it's beautiful. I'm happy for him and his family."
“Epic sneaker battle between @stylesp and myself on @ComplexSneakers had some good ol' fun! @Smokedza,” Havoc wrote in the caption for his Instagram photo.
In 2022, a new subway line will be constructed under Prodigy Way in Queensbridge. Other street names given the go-ahead in this same poll were Little Manila Avenue and one for Daniel Andrews, a former political spokesman.
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