Propelled to awareness partially by fellow Queens rapper Nas, who used a similar lyrical style on his 1994 album Illmatic, as well as the release of their single "Shook Ones Pt. II", Mobb Deep developed a cult following. The duo released their third album, Hell on Earth, in 1996, which debuted at number six on SoundScan. The album found them mastering their musical method of using evocative beats and cinematic rhymes that communicated the dark side of New York's urban landscape. The duo was among those responsible for the revival of the East Coast hip hop scene, as well as bringing hardcore hip hop to a level that was unseen in New York.
Prodigy eventually branched out into a solo career, releasing several albums starting with 2000's H.N.I.C. He was sent to jail in 2008 for a gun-possession charge and was released in March 2011. He released the autobiography My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy in spring of that year.
Prodigy suffered from sickle-cell anemia and addressed his struggle with the disorder on the song "You Can Never Feel My Pain" from H.N.I.C. On 20 June 2017, it was reported that Prodigy had died in Las Vegas, Nevada, after having been hospitalized a few days earlier for complications related to his sickle-cell anemia. He was performing in the Art of Rap Tour in Las Vegas at the time he was hospitalized. According to a coroner's report, he died of accidental choking.