Underground Brooklyn Rapper Pumpkinhead Dies at 39
Just finding out I lost a great friend today. RIP Robert Diaz AKA Pumpkinhead. Robert and I went to PS 282 together in Brooklyn, 4th grade. We then reconnected when he became an MC during the indie era of the late 90s. He signed to Makin Records, I signed to Rawkus. Then PH went on to reinvent himself again in the new battle rap era. He LOVED MCing and was great at it. To lose such a great human being so early in his life, man. No words. There is a fraternity of artists who were around for all of this. PH inspired us all. He will live on thru us even though his physical presence will be missed. RIP Robert Diaz.
Pumpkinhead, an underground rapper and battle veteran, has died at 39. According to Billboard, a cause of death for the rapper, who was born Robert Diaz, was not yet known. With four solo albums under his belt (and one, 2005's Orange Moon Over Brooklyn, which received a re-release on Rawkus), in 2009 Diaz changed his stage name to PH. He was beloved by many in New York and throughout rap's independent ranks, having collaborated with such venerable artists as Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Wordsworth, Del the Funky Homosapien, Murs, Jean Grae, Royce da 5'9" and more. Diaz leaves behind a wife and two sons. Just this week, he and his wife announced that they were expecting a new baby girl.
Diaz is being remembered fondly by people around the hip-hop community. Read some of the tweets of condolence to him and his family: