Questlove, Chris Rock & More Mourn The Loss Of P.M. Dawn’s Prince Be


Artists like Justin Timberlake and Lenny Kravitz extended their love and appreciation for Prince Be of P.M. Dawn after it was announced he passed away at the tender age of 46.

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People reports Prince Be, born Attrell Cordes, died of kidney failure on Friday (June 17.) Joined by brother DJ Minutemix, the artists came together as P.M. Dawn in 1988 and became one of the first Hip-Hop alternative acts to reach critical acclaim. The group shot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the single, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.”

They also found praise for “I’d Die Without You” after it was featured on the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy classic comedy, Boomerang. The single stemmed from their sophomore gold project, The Bliss Album…?. 

The group released three albums together before calling it quits. According to sources, Cordes continued to work silently in the underground circuit as a producer. His cousin Doc. G. honored Cordes on Facebook after the sad news was confirmed by the artist’s family.  “Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More, Pain from diabetes can’t harm you anymore,” he wrote. “My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong.”

Prince Be’s influence would later show in acts like Childish Gambino, who performed a mesmerizing cover of “I’d Die Without You” for BBC’s 1Xtra Radio in 2014. The tributes soon poured in on Saturday (June 18)  from Questlove, Tony-award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, 9th Wonder and more.

Check them out below.

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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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Man…. Rest in Peace Prince Be #PMDawn #SetAdriftOfMemoryBliss #IIlDieWithOutYou

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Rest in Peace Prince Be. #PMDawn

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Just yesterday… DAMN!!!! #ripprincebe #pmdawn

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