Trailblazing New York rapper Hurricane G — real name Gloria Rodriguez — has died at 52.
The groundbreaking musician’s passing was confirmed Sunday by associates but her cause of death hasn’t been disclosed at this time. However, the rapper’s daughter Lexus first revealed back in May that her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
“My mom has stage 4 lung cancer,” she announced via social media. “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.”
Born in Brooklyn in 1970, Rodriguez sustained a career spanning over 30 years, and recorded with such icons as Diddy, Redman and Xzibit.
The hip-hip industry is devastated over Hurricane G’s passing and took to social media to post emotional tributes.
Erick Sermon of EMDP, who shared a daughter with Rodriguez, expressed his condolences on Instagram. “My heart is hardened today. One of my good friends…. my oldest daughter’s mother passed away today #HURRICANEGLORIA was also a legend in her own right in the Hiphop community,” he wrote. “One of the first puertorican female rappers She rapped with me. @redmangilla she paved the way.”
The “Stay Real” rapper added, “I can’t believe this. Pray for us. Beautiful blessings. She was a beautiful person and a wonderful mother as real as they come. We love u G.”
Domingo Padilla, who produced Rodriguez’ 1997 solo album “All Woman,” also took to the ‘Gram to pay tribute.
“R.I.P. to my good friend Hurricane G.Really sad news to get,” he wrote. “I was blessed to know her and produce her debut album.”
“God bless her family and daughter.”
The lyricist, who is of Puerto-Rican descent, got her start in hip hop as a member of the Def Squad. Many fans first taste of her came via the intro to Redman’s 1992 hit “Tonight’s Da Night,” in which she tells the Jersey MC to “Get off that punk smooth s–t, man. Get with that rough s–t, man. You know how we do!”
In 1997, Hurricane G released her debut album “All Woman.” It featured the solo track “Somebody Else,” which reached the top ten of the Hot Rap singles chart that year. Her final album, “Mami & Papi” with Thirstin Howl III, came out in 2013.
Along with a successful solo career, the prolific Brooklynite also had voice cameos on albums with icons ranging from Keith Murray, to Xzibit and Funkdoobiest. She also was memorably featured on the track “P.E. 2000” from P Diddy’s 1999 album “Forever.”