DJ Premier with Prodigy and Mobb Deep

The Best Prodigy Rarities and Tributes SoundCloud

The hip hop community continues to mourn the loss of Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Over the last fews days, artists and producers have uploaded their own remixes, songs and even unreleased tracks featuring Bandana P to pay tribute to one of hip hop’s greats.

Here are five of the best that have been put on SoundCloud.

“Cop Hell,” Mobb Deep, produced by DJ Premier

“Cop Hell” is a previously unreleased DJ Premier joint made for Mobb Deep’s 1993 debut, Juvenile Hell. It’s a pretty incredible glimpse at the roots of the duo’s hardcore approach. True to its title, the track is all about graphically bucking cops. As Premier wrote in the description, the label, 4th and Broadway, cut the song following the controversy caused by Ice-T’s “Cop Killer.” Premier also wrote that the song was made by after he and Mobb Deep were pulled over by the police.

“Rich & Infamous,” Agallah f/ Prodigy

Brooklyn rapper Agallah also shared a previously unreleased track made with P, this one titled “Rich & Infamous.” In the comments, Agallah wrote that Prodigy recorded the verse before serving a bid and that Agallah recorded his verse the night after hearing about P’s passing.

“im only 19. [r.i.p. prodigy],” idntrmmbr

New York producer idntrmmbr took P’s opening verse from “Shook Ones (Part II)” and brought it into the clouds with some soft pianos and distinct samples. It gives the track a completely different vibe and feels like a beautiful send-off for one of P’s greatest verses.

“prodigy [rip],” D E L I C A S T E E Z .

D E L I C A S T E E Z .’s tribute to Bandana P focuses on one of the best moments from The Infamous, Prodigy’s acapella verse for  the “Just Step Prelude.” D E L I C A S T E E Z . utilizes Big Noyd lines, “I gotta maintain cause stress on the brain/ Can lead to a motherfucking suicide thing” to begin and end the track. And he perfectly places P’s words over a solemn, new school, boom bap beat.

“R.I.P. PRODIGY Cookin Soul tribute,” Cookin Soul

From Spain, producer Cookin Soul also grabs the “Just Step Prelude” but gives it a more classic, golden era sound. He drapes the verse in flutes and violins. But what really makes the track is Soul sampling of one of Prodigy’s best interviews. Before P served a bid in 2008, he gave one last interview in his car criticizing the rap game. Soul uses several parts of that interview, however, the best part and the one that sums up his legacy is when he says, “This game is meant for a select circle of few, a select few, man.” And Prodigy, was certainly within that circle.

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