TMZ reported this past weekend that Havoc of Mobb Deep and Lil' Kim would pay tribute to the late Prodigy. Havoc and Lil' Kim followed through on plans, honoring the late MC before presenting the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Award to Kendrick Lamar.
"This week, hip-hop suffered a painful loss, with the sudden passing of our brother, Prodigy," Lil' Kim began. "His pen painted vivid pictures of street life. He made what was ugly sound beautiful."
"For over 20 years, he and I went through it all, and seen it all," Havoc added. "I'm going to miss my dude. This loss is painful. But the lyrical legacy he left us will impact the culture forever. Rest in peace, Prodigy. My brother."
"We love you so much," Lil Kim said. "We will never stop repping you -- forever, you live with us."
As Kung Fu Kenny accepted his award, he also paid respect to Prodigy in his speech. “Prodigy inspired my first mixtape at 16 years old, Y.H.N.I.C.,” said Lamar. “Off [Prodigy’s H.N.I.C.,] I was inspired to study my skills and work on my connection with my neighborhood and how can I inspire them the same way he inspired the streets.”
Prodigy died on June 20, 2017 at the age of 42.