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Attrell Cordes, aka Prince Be of hip-hop/R&B group P.M. Dawn, has died. As TMZ points out, the artist was 46. P.M. Dawn’s Doc. G, who’s Cordes’ cousin, has shared a Facebook post, revealing that Prince Be was suffering from complications related to diabetes. Cordes passed away at his home in New Jersey from renal kidney disease.
Formed by brothers Attrel and Jarrett “DJ Minutemix” Cordes in their native Jersey City, New Jersey in 1988, P.M. Dawn became only the third hip-hop act ever – and first black rappers – to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991 with their single “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.” The band’s critically acclaimed 1991 debut LP, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience, achieved gold status, as did its well-received follow-up, 1993′s The Bliss Album…?.
Watch P.M. Dawn’s video for “Set a Drift on Memory Bliss” below.