It’s hard not to be jealous of prodigies. After all, they’re prodigies! But, if we can set our jealousies aside, I think we can all agree that the following prodigies on this list should be celebrated for doing what they... more »

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January 31, 2013

The Prodigy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock like an IDIOT for the past twenty years, 90s dance group the Prodigy have made you hit the dance floor and sweat to hit songs like “Breathe,” “Firestarter,” and “Smack My Bitch Up.” Their grooves were so meaty and their beats so hard-hitting that even if you did live under a rock, you would have at least felt the vibrations from one of the twice-Grammy nominated group’s raucous concert events. Actually, and this is a true story, my Aunt Cheryl lived under a rock for three years beginning in 1996 in Fartford, Illinois. During a nearby Prodigy concert, she was awakened by the faint sound of “I’m a fah stahtah, twisted fah stahtah,” as well as the collected stomps of 80,000 Prodigy fanatics. That was all it took for her to get out from under that rock and rejoin society. Singer Keith Flint actually brought her onstage for “Smack My Bitch Up,” pretending to smack up my Aunt Cheryl like she was a bitch. They were married in 2002.

Prodigy from Mindless Behavior

Prodigy may be THE hottest member of boy group Mindless Behavior. It’s no wonder Janet Jackson handpicked the group for her 2011 tour. She wanted Prodigy in her life as much as I do, as much as any rational person would. Prodigy’s verses on singles such as “Valentine’s Girl” and “Keep Her on the Low” are perhaps the sole reason Mindless Behavior remain at the forefront of the social conscious. Not only a child sex symbol, Prodigy is also a laid-back, fun-loving sort of guy who doesn’t try to distance himself from loyal fans. “We want them to know we’re just like them,” says Prodigy. “We’re all mindless 24/7, and they can be too.” Rad. Recently, Prodigy led Mindless Behavior to a victory at the BET Awards, where they nabbed the Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award.

Prodigy Coffee

  “Prodigy Coffee has been in development for over thirty years. The stars have aligned, the sky has cleared and the time has come.” So opens the “history” section of Prodigy Coffee’s beautiful website. Make no bones about it, this coffee shop’s attitude is as bold as its flavor. Proudly located in New York City’s west village, Prodigy Coffee currently offers everything from coffee to espresso.   

Prodigy of Mobb Deep

  Prodigy (b. Albert Johnson, 1974) comes from an impressive, esteemed background. His great-great-grandfather founded the prestigious Morehouse College. His mother was a member of singing group The Crystals, which spawned such hits as “Then He Kissed Me” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” While these accomplishments are nothing to sneeze at, no one honestly gives a shit, and we as a nation are more impressed with Prodigy’s ascension in hardcore East Coast rap as one half of Mobb Deep, the group responsible for such “rapsterpieces” as The Infamous and Hell on Earth. Though Mobb Deep’s popularity and credibility began to slip at the turn of the century (thanks, in part, to a diss track by non-prodigy Jay-Z), Prodigy reestablished his cred in 2008 by going to prison for three years on charges of unlawful gun possession.   

The Buddhist Prodigies

  While I have never been a Phish fan, per se, I am intensely fanatic about this Phish cover band, the Buddhist Prodigies. Taking their name from some fucking awful Phish song probably, these Prodigies play all over Charleston, South Carolina, including places such as the Charleston Pourhouse, and the deck of the Charleston Pourhouse.   

Rio Prodigy

  Pretty sure the photo says way more than words ever could about why Rio Prodigy makes our list for the top Prodigies in the world. Not only is he popular with the ladies, he is also the sole owner of the name Rio Prodigy in the US, according to the whitepages. Follow him on facebook and say hello. But if you’re a lady, get in line. This Prodigy has his hands full. What Prodigy doesn’t (besides the Prodigy’s Keith Flint, who is deeply committed to my Aunt Cheryl)?