Fatal disease was a result of diabetes, not substance abuse
Prince Be, frontman and co-founder of 90s hip-hop/R&B stars PM Dawn, died yesterday at his New Jersey home from kidney failure. He was 46 years old.
PM Dawn were formed by brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes (AKA Prince Be and DJ Minutemix) in 1988, and released their first album, Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience in 1991. That album, 1993's The Bliss Album...? and 1995's Jesus Wept all went Top 10 in the UK; 2000's Fucked Music would repeat the feat, though their only other long-player, 1998's Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry For Bringing You Here. Love Dad failed to dent the Top 40.
Though not strictly considered a 'daisy age' act by most hip-hop fans, PM Dawn certainly had more in common with the laidback stylings of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest et al than with the west coast gangsta rap and east coast hardcore hip-hop that was in the ascendant at the time. The band are best known for their early 90s hit singles Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (which sampled Spandau Ballet's True), Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine and Looking Through Patient Eyes. The first two, in particular, will be fondly remembered by many as post-club comedown staples during the height of the rave era.
In recent years, DJ Minutemix left the group following abuse allegations, and was replaced by the brothers' cousin Gregory Carr, known as Doc G. On 15 May 2010, Prince Be's 40th birthday, he and Doc G performed to 50,000 people in Manila.
Doc G posted the following tribute on Facebook today:
Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More
Pain from diabetes can't harm you anymore,
My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long,
Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong.
Prince Be is survived by his wife Mary and their three children.