P.M. Dawn's Prince Be Dies at 46

P.M. Dawn's Prince Be Dies at 46
Attrell Cordes, better known as P.M. Dawn rapper Prince Be, passed away yesterday (June 17) from complications related to diabetes, his family has confirmed. He was 46 years old.

News of Prince Be's death arrived via the group's social media pages, where his brother Jarrett Cordes (a.k.a. Doc G) confirmed that the rapper had succumbed to the disease. TMZ adds that Prince Be died at his home in New Jersey from renal kidney disease.

"Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More," Doc G wrote, adding, "Pain from diabetes can't harm you anymore. My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long."

In addition to fighting diabetes for a number of years, Prince Be had also suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on the left side of his body.

The Cordes brothers formed P.M. Dawn in 1988, and released debut LP Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience to much acclaim in 1991. The album mixed together elements of hip-hop, soul, house, and psychedelic music, above which Prince Be waxed lyrical with a soft but assured flow. The record's biggest hit was "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," a U.S. number one hit which sampled Spandau Ballet's "True."

The 1993 follow-up The Bliss Album...? (Vibrations of Love and Anger and the Ponderance of Life and Existence) would produce two more high charting singles, "I'd Die Without You" and "Looking Through Patient Eyes."

The pair's success tapered off throughout the '90s, but they issued two more studio full-lengths before calling it a day.


Man. We did #PrinceBe dirty. Forever etched in the minds of true school hiphopers as an undeserving piñata in krs' darkest hour---actually as I write this I will say *that incident* marked the beginning of the "political correctness" period of hip hop. Or it could mark the beginning of its ending (another "Prince" example, I never see #SignOTheTimes as "the masterpiece!!!" More than I see it as "the curtain call of genius" only to show up now and then---the ending)---after "the incident" nothing was the same. Nada. (For Kris or Prince Be...actually for hip hop period but that's another story) Prince Be coulda been hip hop's Brian Wilson. Eccentric. Rich. Textured. Talented. A Sad Beauty. Melancholy....Genius? 3 Dimensional? I quietly championed him that saddens me. Why? Cause I didn't want the other kids to think I was some sappy dweeb that felt bad for the kid from *that incident*?---yeah man. In my 40s now idgaf about speculation of my "coolness" and "downess" Actually I can't be dweeby enough...but yeah man---behind closed doors I'd marvel at how his mixes were so cotdamn clean. And his harmonies on point. And his content? All that spacey metaphysical emo "nextness" that defined post aughts/modern hip hop was his lane all day. And let's just get it out in the open: De La Soul deserves a #MacarthurGenius for #EyeKnow's rhyme cadence ALONE. Glass half fool is: "why mofos bitting De La flow!?!?" Glass half full is: "duh! When you are pioneering as De La & #3FeetHighAndRising was (listen up @mtv the pubescent reviewers they hire) it's gonna INFLUENCE & shift the axis: Digable/Arrested/Roots/Kast---everyone learned from that album--It's just that #PMDawn friggin mastered that jawn perfectly. Dude I so don't wanna be the posthumous post guy---I tried to not sermonize Ali because part of me knew that everyone would wax poetic. But the itch and the thought that #PrinceBe could make an exit in silence frightens me. Cause it ain't like no one that's been in the top 10 for the last 10 years on iTunes will say anything. that's maddening. This dude was a friggin mind blowing artist who deserved better than this man....thank you comrade for your contributions to hip hop.

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