Conspiracy theories about the Illuminati are being heard, as Prodigy was due to write a musical on the topic.
Music journalist Kathy Iandoli said that Albert Johnson had been working on a musical about the Illuminati. He was in the middle of writing it, but it was yet to be released.
Kathy Iandoli co-authored Prodigy’s 2016 book, Commissary Kitchen, and stepped in to assist with the musical. (The cookbook shares easy-to-follow recipes to stay healthy while in prison. Iandoli, a critically-acclaimed music journalist had a close friendship with Johnson.)
In an interview with Complex, Iandoli said that the rapper and her had planned to complete a musical about the Illuminati.
The one thing we were planning on doing was a musical about the Illuminati and how the obsession with the Illuminati infiltrated people’s opinions of hip-hop. We were initially going to do an interactive type of musical with a company that runs The Illuminati Ball, but then we decided to take our idea to an off-Broadway situation. Tell a story with a very specific beginning, middle, and end. But [the story] began with prison; it was semi-autobiographical.During his musical career, Prodigy prominently mentioned the Illuminati multiple times. Speaking to Genius about the alleged secret society, the rapper said,
This dude named Adam Weishaupt started this group of powerful, rich people that basically shape popular opinion and the way the world is gonna move forward.Explaining Johnson’s fascination with the secret society, Iandoli told Complex,
[Prodigy was interested in] how people absorb information and what they do with that information. The thing about the Illuminati, as it pertains to hip-hop, is that many people view it as being this key to abundant wealth. And of course we don’t even know if it exists, but what P would really speak about was the idea of people using it as a meal ticket.
Rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential hip hop duo Mobb Deep has died, according to a co-author on one of his books, Kathy Iandoli.
He was 42.
A cause of death has not been released, but the rapper had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia prior to his death, Iandoli told CNN.
Prodigy had been in Las Vegas for a Mobb Deep performance.
Born Albert Johnson, the rapper's family had a storied history.
His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia's Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church.
His grandfather, Albert "Budd" Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Johnson met fellow Queens, New York native Kejuan Muchita when they were both freshman at Manhattan's High School of Art and Design.
The pair bonded over their shared love of hip hop and formed Mobb Deep. Johnson took the moniker Prodigy, while Muchita chose the performance name Havoc.
They scored a record deal as teens and released the album "Juvenile Hell" in 1993.
The project didn't generate much buzz, but the duo found more success with their sophomore album "The Infamous."
Johnson had some legal troubles. In 2007, he was sentenced to three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.
He detailed that incident and more in his memoir My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy.
"There were too many other adventures to squeeze in: his family's rich historical and musical legacy; his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia; UFO sightings; episodes with Lindsay Lohan, Mary J. Blige, and Lil' Kim; and his contributions to the golden era of hip-hop," Johnson's memoir co-author, Laura Checkoway, wrote in a 2011 piece for the Village Voice.
In 2016, the rapper published Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook with Iandoli, which contained recipes and stories about the food he experienced while in prison.
Johnson was mourned on social media Tuesday by many fellow artists, including rapper Nas, who was the first to post about Johnson's death. Source.
There were too many other adventures to squeeze in: his family’s rich historical and musical legacy; his lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia; UFO sightings; episodes with Lindsay Lohan, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim; and his contributions to the golden era of hip-hop. In the mid-’90s, he and his rhyme partner Havoc, who met as freshmen at Manhattan’s High School of Art and Design, broke ground with the gun-riddled version of hip-hop they dubbed “reality rap,” spawning instant classics like “Shook Ones Pt. II” and “Quiet Storm.” At 36, Prodigy, trying his hand at being an author, is exposing the backstories behind rap battles, robberies, deaths, brawls, and beefs with Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z, Keith Murray, Capone-Noreaga, Ja Rule, and Saigon. - Laura Checkoway, Source.
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