Today is NOT a good day. Shortly after learning of the passing of Tame One, hip-hop was rocked again when Erick Sermon confirmed the passing of Hurricane G, who (unbeknownst to me) was the mother of his oldest daughter Lexus. A fiercely rugged and underappreciated female emcee, my first memory of her will always be her “yo yo yo Redman” interjection in Redman’s hip-hop classic “Tonight’s Da Night.” She was not about to let Reggie Noble get away with anything other than bringing it hard.
Even though her collaborations with Redman launched her into the rap sphere, she showed and proved with the album “All Woman” in 1997 that she could handle business as a soloist. The album didn’t produce the sales that she or her label might have wanted, but the single “Somebody Else” did crack the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Here’s the video to go along with it.
If that doesn’t ring a bell for you, then perhaps her appearance on Puff Daddy’s tribute to (or reinterpretation of) a Public Enemy classic with “P.E. 2000” will.
Our condolences to Erick Sermon, to their daughter Lexus, to all Hurricane G fans everywhere and to the hip-hop community on the second devastating loss in less than 24 hours. May Rahem Brown and Gloria Rodríguez live on through their music and our fond memories.