Newswire: R.I.P. Prince Be of P.M. Dawn

Attrell Cordes—known to the world as Prince Be, one of the co-founders of influential hip-hop group P.M. Dawn—has died. According to Rolling Stone, Prince Be was 46.

Raised by his mother and step-father, George Brown—a founding member of Kool & The Gang—Prince Be began DJing in his teenage years. He also began putting in studio time with his brother, Jarrett—a.k.a. DJ Minutemix—on the collaboration that would evolve into P.M. Dawn.

The group released their first album, Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience, in 1988, to quick acclaim. Influenced by other sample-heavy rap groups like the then-nascent De La Soul, Of The Heart sold more than a million copies, propelled by the hit single “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss,” which artfully sampled Spandau Ballet’s “True.” (Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley appeared on the …

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