Attrell Cordes, the 46 year old artist better known as Prince Be (or sometimes Prince Be the Nocturnal) from the 90's hip-hop crossover act P.M. Dawn, has died according to the group's Facebook page and website, as well as other confirmed reports. "With profound sadness the driving force of P.M. Dawn, Attrell Cordes 'Prince Be' has passed ... Cordes passed Friday of renal kidney disease from diabetes at a hospital in his home state of New Jersey," a statement on the group's website posted earlier today, June 17th, 2016.
Formed with his brother Jarett Cordes (aka DJ Minutemix), Attrell was one half of Jersey City, NJ founded group who will be best remembered for their Spandau Ballet (plus more) sampling, number one pop hit "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (12" cover art left, music video below) off their 1991 album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. With hip-hop fans though, P.M. Dawn will always be rembered for their run-in with KRS-One who, with his crew, famously bum-rushed one of their concerts, forcing them offstage and then taking over the show to perform Boogie Down Production songs.