That now infamous Prodigy mural that went up across the Queensbridge projects this past weekend is coming down permanently. The repeated defacing of the much-lauded mural of QBC rapper is the reason that the portrait is being removed.
To honor the memory of the late great Prodigy, artists Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare bombed the side of a building on 13th Street and 40th Ave in Queens with the impeccable likeness of the “Allustrious” rapper.
Unfortunately, the mural didn’t last 24 hours before vandals threw white paint all over the finished piece. The next day Hernriquez and Lazare returned to the scene of the crime to restore the work of art only to see it disrespected again only with red paint the second time.
Fans and rappers alike were outraged at the blatant disrespect with G-Unit’s own Tony Yayo taking to IG to express his anger stating, “2 times get a life I hope we catch you.”
With rumors flying around about the vandals being everyone from drunk hipsters to gang members, it seems like the artists want to avoid any further drama and have decided to take it down once and for all.
This is the first time we’ve seen a deceased rapper’s mural disrespected in this manner and can’t help but be sad that it had to go down like this. Nevertheless, Hip-Hoppers will continue to honor Prodigy’s legacy every time they bump one of his many classic cuts.
ONE MORE SESSION! Big shout to my boy @johndomineoriginal for the dope shots! 👊🏼📸🔥#Repost @johndomineoriginal (@get_repost) ・・・ The Man, the Myth, the Legend. @jeffhenriquezart_ working on an amazing tribute wall to the late great Prodigy at 40th Avenue and 13th Street in Long Island City. #ripprodigy #streetart #streetartistry #streetarteverywhere #sprayart #jeffhenriquezart_
Photo: Instagram/Jeff Henriquez