Passings: Attrell Cordes (aka Prince Be) of P.M. Dawn (1970 - 2016)

by VVN Music

Attrell Cordes, better known as Prince Be from the group P.M. Dawn, has died from diabetes related kidney disease at the age of 46.

Group member Doc. G (Gregory Carr) wrote on Facebook:
Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More,
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.

-Love Doc.G
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Attrel (Prince Be) Cordes
Doc. G also released a statement to Billboard, saying:
I can confirm that Prince Be has died in his sleep from complications with Diabetes. I am respectfully requesting privacy for his wife, children, parents,siblings, & other relatives while they grieve and I want 2 thank Billboard for their concern.

Maintain The Bliss. Blisstatically Yours, Doc.G Of P.M.Dawn.
P.M. Dawn was formed by brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes (known as DJ Minutemix) in Jersey City, NJ. Their father died when they were young and they were brought up by their mother and stepfather, George Brown, who was a member of Kool & the Gang.

Attrell DJ'd and worked as a security guard at first, making money so that he and his brother could go into the studio to record. Their style mixed hop with older R&B and, at first, didn't click with record companies until the small Warlock label released their first single, Ode to a Forgotten Mind. The record did little in the U.S. but it caught many critics and music enthusiasts ears in Britain.

The brothers eventually found themselves signed to Island records which released their first album, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience which contained the international hit Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (1991 / #1 U.S. / #3 U.K.).

Their followup, Paper Doll, did not fare as well, only reaching 28 in the U.S. and 49 in the U.K. but I'd Die Without You, which first appeared in the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang, brought them back to the top ten in 1992, hitting 3 in America.

Paper Doll was included on P.M. Dawn's second album, The Bliss Album...?, which charted the highest of any of their releases in the U.S., making it to number 30. Along with Doll, the album also included Looking Through Patient Eyes (1993 / #6 U.S. / #11 U.K.) and The Ways of the Wind (1993 / #54 U.S.).

P.M. Dawn would not reach the top forty again in either the U.S. or Britain although their fourth album, 1998's Dearest Christian, I'm So Sorry For Bringing You Here. Love, Dad did go to 40 in America, making it the second highest charting of their career. It was also the last officially released album by the group. In 1998, Jarrett was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old relative. Two years later, with no record contract, they self released the album Fucked Music which was available only via mail order.

In 2005, Attrell had a massive stroke that left the left side of his body paralyzed. He continued to occasionally perform even after the amputation of one of his legs below the knee.

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