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Prodigy of Mobb Deep Solo Catalog returns to streaming services – Billboard

Late rapper Mobb Deep Prodigy’s solo catalog returned to streaming services today (May 20) after a three-year hiatus, a representative for his estate has confirmed to Billboard. This collection of albums and EPs includes his classic solo debut HNIC and its two sequels, as well as those of 2012 Johnson’s bumpy album2017 Hegelian Dialectic (The Apocalypse) and his 2013 collaboration with The Alchemist, Albert Einsteinand a 2014 collaboration with Boogz Boogetz, Stoned Young Rollin.

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In the past three years, only his influential 2007 collaboration Alchemist The return of the Mac and the following year Product of the 80s with Big Twins and Un Pacino, as well as Mobb Deep’s discography, were available to stream due to what a press release called “legal disputes between the estate, which is run by the late artist’s family. , and former associates of the artist”. These two albums were released by E1 and Dirt Class Records respectively, while the rest of his solo discography was released through his Infamous label.

But now the estate has signed a management agreement with The NorthStar Group’s L.Londell McMillan and a distribution deal with Warner Music Group’s ADA to re-release the rest of his albums on streaming services and for digital purchase. And the estate announced a new album, The Hegelian dialectic: the book of the heroinedue out in the second quarter of the year, along with a new single, “You Will See”, which will be released on June 10.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the fans for understanding the circumstances that our family had to professionally control at a time of grief, and for the kind words of encouragement we received from many of you,” said a representative of the domain in a press release. . “We also want to thank the community of hip-hop artists who have come together to help us put together Prodigy’s latest projects. The music belongs to all of you and we are happy to be able to make it available again and forever.

The domain describes the future Hegelian dialectic album as the second of a trilogy, with the third opus, The book of the deadslated for 2023. This album will be released after an upcoming new album by Mobb Deep, led by Havoc, which is described as “currently in the works”.

“In life and in death, Prodigy’s impact on culture and music remains transcendent,” McMillan said in a statement. “It is an honor to work with the estate of my friend Prodigy, and others who knew and loved Prodigy, as we protect his legacy and bring his catalog back to the global marketplace. Much more to come.”

Prodigy died on June 20, 2017 from complications of sickle cell disease at the age of 42. His work alongside Havoc in Mobb Deep, starting with their debut album juvenile hell in 1993 but cemented by their 1995 masterpiece the infamous and subsequent releases, cemented the duo Queens as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time, and their solo work has often lived up to the same standard.

Today, Spotify is launching a first fan activation with first-time access to exclusive Prodigy merchandise to celebrate the re-release of its catalog, the estate said.

“Prodigy is a once-in-a-generation rapper,” ADA President Kreidich Cat said in a statement. “It’s hard to put into words the impact he had on the world – his sound completely changed the game and influenced so many who followed him. His legacy will live on forever through his music and we’re grateful that his estate entrusted ADA with bringing his iconic catalog back where it belonged – with his fans.