Yes, it’s that time of the year again when Complex breaks some rap nerd hearts by ranking the 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s. Admittedly, this list is a bit less fun this time around now that young veterans like Wale, J. Cole, and Future are all now in their 30s and don’t qualify anymore—even if they are in fact contemporaries of most people on this list (FYI other rappers like Childish Gambino, Nicki Minaj, and Action Bronson are all too old for this as well).
Although they are now considered a legendary group, leading into the release of their second album, The Infamous, it was far from a given that Albert â€œProdigyâ€? Johnson and Kejuan â€œHavocâ€? Muchita would enjoy such long and fruitful careers. Their first album, Juvenile Hell, had been a commercial flop, although it did yield a minor hit, â€œHit It From The Back,â€? and led to them being dropped by their first label, 4th & Broadway.
Hip-hop fans around the world are mourning the loss of one of rap’s all time greats, Albert The Prodigy Johnson. One half of the New York rap duo Mobb Deep, the Queensbridge rapper (who actually hailed from Hempstead, Long Island) passed away yesterday in Las Vegas at just 42 years old. Like Phife Dawg—another iconic ‘90s rapper who we lost last year—Sean Price, and so many other great rappers, Prodigy is gone too soon but won’t be forgotten.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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