Attrell Cordes, who formed half of the Jersey City hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, died Friday at age 46.
The rapper, who performed as Prince Be, or Prince Be The Nocturnal, suffered from complications of diabetes. A rep for Cordes confirmed his passing in a New Jersey hospital to People Magazine, citing kidney disease as the cause of death.
The Jersey-native rose to fame in the early 90s alongside his brother Jarrett Cordes, known as both DJ Minutemix and J.C. The Eternal. The duo’s biggest hit was the 1991 song “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” which earned the siblings the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 – making the Cordes brothers the first black rappers to achieve the honor, noted Rolling Stone.
Attrell’s cousin, Gregory Lewis Carr II, known as Doc G, joined P.M. Dawn in later years and posted a Facebook tribute that alluded to the hip-hop pioneer’s struggle with diabetes, which included two strokes, one of which left his left side paralyzed, and a foot amputation.
“Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More,” wrote Carr. “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.”
Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda joined the multitude of fans in remembering the late rapper on Twitter.
“My favorite PM Dawn song is My Own Personal Gravity,” he wrote on Saturday. “Starts with a Peanuts sample and captures exactly how adolescence feels.”
Cordes is survived by his wife, Mary, and children Mia, Brandon and Christian.