Prodigy mural vandalized, to be replaced with “community-inspired” artwork
That mural of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (who died in June) that went up recently in Queensbridge has already been defaced twice and is being replaced with a “community-inspired” piece of art that won’t feature the rapper. Reports DNA Info:
Urban Upbound, which runs antipoverty services at its headquarters on 13th Street and 40th Avenue, allowed artists to paint the portrait of Prodigy on the side of its building to honor the musician, who died last month at the age of 42.
But the mural was defaced twice just days after its completion — first covered in white paint, then splattered with red paint after artists spent hours restoring it following the first incident. The wall has since been painted over in solid black.
“We took a leap and gave these artists permission to paint the mural on there as a tribute, not thinking that it would be a problem,” said Urban Upbound founder Bishop Mitchell Taylor. “Unfortunately there were some people that were hating.”
Urban Upbound founder Bishop Mitchell Taylor also told DNA Info that they are looking for other ways to honor the memory of Prodigy.