Even if I'm not a "real fan" (I only just got into his/their music after hearing this news today, just finished listening to their most famous album), I genuinely believe, after giving The Infamous what I would consider a "deep listen" (no distractions, full focus) it is at least a 9/10 album (I wrote a brief review for it on RYM a few minutes ago). It probably sounds like I'm just jumping on a bandwagon but I really do think the album is amazing, I was so immersed in it, the fantastic gritty beats especially (it features some production from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest), and now I'm listening to Hell On Earth which is good too. I feel like as a hip-hop fan I should have already been really familiar than this, now that I am reading about how influential it was in the 90s.
And furthermore, 42 is too young to die, especially when you have two kids. Shit like this makes me think about the mortality of my own family, particularly my mom, who is 50. To think that there are several celebrities who have died recently who are close to her age or younger, it's scary. Makes you feel like you never know what's gonna happen.
Prodigy/Mobb Deep's lyricism in general deals heavily with life and death, there is a fear that I think runs through most of their songs, of that uncertainty of mortality, with their music in the context of hood life of course, but I think it can apply to other walks of life too, this general feeling, because the hood isn't the only place where crime happens...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMu5ir4JL0w