Hip hop is mourning the death of Prodigy, the Queensbridge rapper whose gritty brand of street poetry helped define the sound of New York hip hip in the '90s. The grandson of jazz saxophonist Budd Johnson and the great-great-great-grandson of the founder of Morehouse College, Prodigy formed Mobb Deep with Havoc in 1993. Aside from health and legal troubles, he was active as an artist for the next 24 years.

This list explores a handful of Prodigy's best songs from 1995 to 2000: tracks from three albums with Mobb Deep and his debut solo album, plus a track from Return of The Mac, his 2007 collaborative album with Alchemist. Click through the gallery to read on.