9 episodes

When the rapper Prodigy suffered a sickle cell crisis after a Las Vegas concert in 2017, his friends didn’t think much of it at first: they were used to him getting sick. But a few days later, he died. The Realness goes behind Prodigy’s music to reveal his lifelong struggle against his own body, and how that struggle informed his lyrics and fueled his success.
The Realness by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and On the Media.

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    • 4.7, 258 Ratings

When the rapper Prodigy suffered a sickle cell crisis after a Las Vegas concert in 2017, his friends didn’t think much of it at first: they were used to him getting sick. But a few days later, he died. The Realness goes behind Prodigy’s music to reveal his lifelong struggle against his own body, and how that struggle informed his lyrics and fueled his success.
The Realness by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and On the Media.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

Caesar2424 ,

Fantastic. Thank you.

Such a sad, yet fascinating story. Amazing talent. The best, and one of the only, part two’s that you could do that may stand up to this would be Guru/Gang Starr. I would LOVE to hear the real, real deal on that whole story. Solar did that man wrong.

Snake Robertz ,

Terribly corny

Too corny. From the strong language disclaimer to the nasally speakers. This should’ve been so much better but fell flat.

Remotedestroyer ,

so good!

such an amazing podcast! Not only did I learn about Prodigy, I learned about sickle cell. very heavy, but informative podcast.

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