The singer and rapper who is known to many as “Prince Be”, and as the founding member of the award-winning hip-hop band, P.M. Dawn has been confirmed dead. He was 46 years old. A representative of the group says he died of renal kidney disease in a hospital in his hometown in New Jersey where he is simply known as Attrell Cordes.
“Prince Be Rest In Peace forever more, Pain from Diabetes can’t harm you anymore,” and “My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong.” Doc G, a member of the band who is also a relative to co-founders Attrell and Jarrett “DJ Minutemix” Cordes posted on their Facebook page.
Attrell Cordes had a long battle with diabetes. He fell into a coma back in 1992 and later on found out about his illness. In 2005, the left side of his body became paralyzed when he suffered a major stroke.
P.M. Dawn has been critically acclaimed for its unique approach to the rap genre. They became widely popular for the song Set Adrift On Memory Bliss in the early 90s, which combines the tune of Spandau Ballet’s True with their work. It became the number one song in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
P.M. Dawn uses a mix of styles from hip-hop to soul and urban R & B. Their follow-up The Bliss Album…? Also received much accolades with top hits “I’d Die Without You” and “Looking Through Patient Eyes.”
However, the band’s musical style has been met with criticism among rap artists for what they referred to as a “bending” of the genre; that it is not “gangsta” enough. They claim that the group had created it to make it appealing to a white pop audience.
The band has become popular for the philosophical angle to their rap music. The name P.M. Dawn itself refers to the darkest hours before the light.
Today we say farewell to a good man and artist, and look up to the light.