Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas … TMZ has learned.
His publicist says he was hospitalized “a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.” The publicist added … “the exact cause of death has not been determined.”
Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour … with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T … to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.
Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, formed Mobb Deep in NYC in the early ’90s. Their biggest hits include “Quiet Storm” and “Shook Ones.” He was 42.
As if Jay Z didn’t have enough on his hands, the hip-hop legend has just shared details on a new album, 4:44. But you won’t be able to buy it or stream it just anywhere.
The album will drop June 30 for subscribers of Sprint or Jay Z’s Tidal platform through what’s pitched as a first-of-its-kind partnership between both companies.
Chatter on a new Hov LP heated up in recent weeks, and the entrepreneur and music man threw fuel on that fire last week with a mysterious campaign which saw the numbers “4:44” and the date “6.30.17” dished up on posters and online.
The plot thickened in the hours before midnight when a teaser video appeared on Tidal. Then the big revealed happened as the clock struck twelve.
The corporate partnership behind the U.S. release is the first in a series of music exclusives, according to a joint statement, and it follows the announcement in January that Tidal sold a 33 percent stake in the company to Sprint for $200 million, giving it access to the telecom company’s 45 million customers. Outside the U.S., 4:44 will be available to stream only on Tidal for now. It’s unclear for how long the exclusive window will last, though Billboard has reached out to reps for comment.
As part of the U.S. campaign, Tidal and Sprint have pledged support to the 1Million Project, an educational initiative from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation that will assist 1 million low-income U.S. high school students who aren’t connected to the Web at home.
News on the surprise album release caps an eventful week during which Jay Z and his wife Beyonce welcomed twins and the artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper to achieve that honor. The new LP is the followup to 2013’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Beyonce (35) and her husband Jay Z (45) have reportedly welcomed twins to their family. Their daughter, Blue Ivy, is currently 5 years old. So far, the sex of the twins hasn’t revealed, nor have any photos surfaced.
Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s former boyfriend Nick Gordon has been arrested for domestic battery and false imprisonment, Seminole County Sheriff’s office has confirmed to PEOPLE.
TMZ first reported that Gordon was taken into custody in Sanford, Florida, after his current girlfriend filed a police report Saturday morning alleging Gordon had beaten her Friday night and held her in her home. The sheriff’s office confirmed the charges to PEOPLE and said that Gordon was still being held in jail as of Saturday afternoon.
Gordon was previously found civilly liable for the death of his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown — Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown‘s only child together. He was ordered to pay $36 million to the estate of his former girlfriend in November 2016.
On Jan. 31, 2015, Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive in the bathtub of the Georgia townhouse she shared with Gordon. She was later moved to a moved to a medical rehab center in March 2015, before she was transferred to an Atlanta-area hospice facility, where she died on July 26, 2015.
South Florida rap star Kodak Black is a free man after being released from the Broward County Jail.
Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was sentenced to 364 days in jail last month for violating house the terms of house arrest.
As part of the sentence, Octave, 19, was ordered to complete an anger management/life skills course. Octave’s original 364-day sentence was then reduced to 180 days plus time-served.
The original house arrest sentence stemmed from Octave’s 2016 conviction on robbery and kidnapping charges.
Octave was found guilty of violating the terms of his probation on April 26 for going to a strip club, attending a boxing match and disrupting an anger management class.
Former MMA star “War Machine” was sentenced to life with the chance of parole for brutally beating his then-girlfriend, adult star Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas in 2014. War Machine, real name Jon Koppenhaver, was found guilty of charges including sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon on Monday (June 5) and he will be eligible for parole in 36 years. At that time he will be 71 years old.
Christy Mack addressed the court on Monday ahead of Koppenhaver’s sentencing, where she told the court that she feared he would come after her if he was ever let out of jail.
A very pregnant Beyoncé stripped down to a bikini top and long skirt during her Beverly Hills baby shower Saturday — with no qualms about showing off her twin-sized baby bump.
The 35-year-old mega-celebrity, who has yet to reveal the gender or due date of the babies-to-be, has decorated her massive belly with a large henna tattoo, as these photos from her star-studded shower show.
Guests included La La Anthony and tennis goddess Serena Williams, who is also pregnant. Beyoncé’s ex-Destiny’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, also attended.
Proud mom Tina Knowles Lawson led guests in hollering “Happy Carter push party!” — a shout-out to Beyoncé’s married name: Mrs. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy, was born in 2012. Beyoncé caused a sensation when she announced in February — to her 92 million Instagram followers — that she is pregnant with twins.