The Realness

From WNYC Studios

The rapper Prodigy may have been the voice of New York, but he couldn’t escape a single recessive gene.

Listen For Free
  • Special Broadcast #3: Missing You

    Nov 15, 2018
    Friends and family say prison changed Prodigy for the better. As the world of hip hop continues to mourn his loss, there are still questions surrounding his death. 
  • Special Broadcast #2: Son, They Shook

    Nov 14, 2018
    No other group defined the golden age of hip hop quite like Mobb Deep. But when Prodigy went on trial for a parole violation, so did hip hop and sickle cell. 
  • Episode 6: Missing You

    Aug 3, 2018
    As the world of hip hop mourns, there are still questions surrounding Prodigy's death.
  • A "Realness" B-Side: Roxanne Shanté

    Jul 25, 2018
    Roxanne Shanté was a teenager when she became the queen of Queensbridge MCs a generation before Mobb Deep was formed. She stops by WNYC to show off her crown.
  • Episode 3: Son, They Shook

    Jul 23, 2018
    Mobb Deep came up in rap’s golden age. No other group defined the era quite like the duo from Queens.
  • Episode 2: T'Chaka

    Jul 20, 2018
    As a kid with sickle cell, Prodigy was told he’d never make it to adulthood. The Black Power Movement - and a trailblazing pediatrician - helped change his fate.