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The Realness

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.

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.

Episodes: 9

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Who Killed Conscious Rap? Find Out on 'The Stakes'

Duration: 25 min

Episode 6: Missing You

Duration: 30 min

Episode 5: Go See About the God

Duration: 31 min

Episode 4: The Most Racist Judge in Nassau County

Duration: 35 min

A "Realness" B-Side: Roxanne Shanté

Duration: 18 min

Episode 3: Son, They Shook

Duration: 23 min

Episode 2: T'Chaka

Duration: 29 min

Episode 1: This Sunny Day Right Here

Duration: 30 min

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