The hip hop world is paying tribute to Brooklyn rapper Hurricane G after her death from lung cancer. She was just 52.
The sad news was announced by rapper Erick Sermon, an influential member of the New York rap scene who shared a daughter with Hurricane G, reports said.
New York rapper dies
Born Gloria Rodriguez, Hurricane G became known in hip hop’s 1990s golden age through her work with prominent East Coast rappers such as Sermon, Redman, and Puff Daddy.
The bilingual artist, who rapped in English and Spanish, was the first woman in the rap group the Hit Squad, which included Redman and EPMD.
In an Instagram post, Sermon, half of the rap duo EPMD, said he was heartbroken by the news of her passing.
“She paved the way … she was in all the Hiphop magazines with all the top females at the time … She will be missed all around the world. I can’t believe this. Pray for us. Beautiful blessings. She was a beautiful person a wonderful mother as real as they come. We love u G.”
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Tributes pour in
No official cause of death was released but Rodriguez’s only daughter Lexus said in May that her mother had stage four lung cancer.
“I don’t know how many of you understand what that means but even after 30 years of life I’m still trying to process it myself. I have never cried so much in my life I have never felt so disconnected from reality in my life,” she said.
Rodriguez released her debut LP, All Woman, in 1997. The album included the track “Somebody Else,” which reached the top ten of the Hot Rap singles chart.
Other hip hop legends who paid tribute included LL Cool J and Pete Rock.
“I cant believe this. I just spoke to her about a month ago,” Rock said.