Photo Credit: Natty NiGhT Photography
On June 9, 2015 the hip-hop world was rocked by the sudden passing of Brooklyn MC Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz, a prolific lyricist and staunch advocate for the battle rap scene. He was 39 years old.
In April the corner of De Graw St and 5th avenue in Park Slope was renamed “Robert PH Diaz Way” in his honor. His wife, children and a throng of supporters were on hand as Mayor DiBlasio oversaw the installation at City Hall.
Today, September 17th would have been Pumpkinhead’s 41st birthday and many of those same supporters came together for this video by friend and frequent collaborator Chordz Cordero. “3rd Stone Blues” is the fourth single off the HighBred LP by Chordz & Manle and features PH and Trademark Massey on Trumpet.
“I met PH at a Jean Grae concert at Highline Ballroom a few years back,” says Chordz. “When he was performing with his former group Brooklyn Academy. After a few chats we got together to do some tracks for both of our projects.”
Diaz was President of A&R at MCMI Records, where Chordz is signed, so there was no better time and way to wish him a happy birthday than to release this video. In the clip Pumpkinhead is represented by his widow and close friends who don masks of the late MC and recite his verse. On the track Chordz tugs at heart strings as he spits, “Earth native but sometimes I feel alien, searching every day for a love that seems genuine/ my heart can’t take another loss of a favored friend/ emotions tainted to the core, hard to love again.”
Watch the video and purchase a copy of the double A Side “Fly Away/ 3rd Stone Blues” HERE, as all profits go to Robert “PH” Diaz’s surviving children.