Rap music veteran Hurricane G has died aged 52, heartbroken friends said today.
The hip-hop icon — real name Gloria Rodriguez — recorded with stars like Diddy and Redman in a career stretching back more than 30 years, the American sun reports.
Domingo Padilla, who produced her 1997 solo album All Woman, shared his condolences on Instagram.
He said: “RIP to my good friend Hurricane G.
“Really sad news to get. I was blessed to know her and to produce her debut album.
“God bless her family and daughter.”
Rapper and producer Erick Sermon – Gloria’s daughter’s father – also spoke of his shock.
He said, “My heart is hardened today. One of my good friends…. My oldest daughter’s mother passed away today.
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“#HURRICANEGLORIA was also a legend in her own right in the Hip-Hop community. As one of the first Puerto Rican female rappers, she paved the way.
“She will be missed all over the world. I can not believe this. Pray for us. Beautiful blessings.
“She was a beautiful person, a wonderful mother, as real as they are. We love you G.”
Gloria Rodriguez was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York.
She first became known as a member of Def Squad and was memorable on the intro to Redman’s 1992 hit Tonight’s Da Night.
Hurricane G also made guest appearances on albums by Keith Murray, Xzibit, Delinquent Habits, Funkdoobiest and the Cocoa Brovaz.
Her 1997 solo single Somebody Else, from her debut album All Woman, reached the top ten of the Hot Rap charts.
And she was on Diddy’s song PE 2000 from his 1999 album Forever.
Hurricane G’s latest album Mami & Papi was released in 2013.
There are no details about her cause of death yesterday.
The news of Gloria’s death came on the same day that the hip-hop world was already mourning New Jersey rapper Tame One, aka Tamer Dizzle.
The Artifacts star, 52 – born Rahem Brown – died on Sunday night, reportedly after taking a cocktail of prescription and recreational drugs.
His mother, Darlene Brown Harris, said on Facebook: “The coroner says the six pharmaceutical drugs that Trinitas Hospital prescribed him last Friday, combined with the weed he smoked this weekend … his heart just gave out.
“I won’t respond to all messages for a while, but the hardest words I will ever post or say is: my son, my heart is dead.”
Tame One and Hurricane G are both featured in the video for Redman’s Tonight’s Da Night.
This story appeared in US Sun and is reproduced with permission.