Hurricane G has died, the New York Post and Los Angeles Times report. Lifelong Brooklyn-born Gloria Rodríguez had been living with stage four lung cancer, which her daughter revealed to the public earlier this year. Hurricane G turned 52.
Hurricane G first caught the attention of the New York City hip-hop community in the early 1990s when she became the first female member of her Hit Squad collective with Redman, Keith Murray and members of EPMD. Her early performances on Redman’s “Tonight’s da Night” and “Dare Iz a Darkside” along with her contribution to Xzibit’s “Just Maintain” helped establish her as a uniquely talented and dedicated rapper. Drawing on her Puerto Rican ancestry, Hurricane G excelled at her rapping skills in both English and Spanish, effortlessly bringing a distinctive Nuyorican twist to her straight-laced flow.
In 1994, Hurricane G signed with Capitol Records to release an album of their own, but a label reorganization prevented the project from being released. Hurricane G eventually released her debut All Woman in 1997 via Jellybean Benitez’s HOLA imprint. The album’s “Somebody Else” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart, and while the record itself didn’t chart, it remained a must-have for East Coast hip-hop heads.
Hurricane G continued to have a presence in hip-hop over the following decades, collaborating with their Hit Squad partners and having a prominent place in a remix of Diddy’s “PE 2000”. She never released another solo LP, instead teaming up with Brooklyn resident Thirstin Howl III in 2013 for a collaborative album titled Mami & Papi.
Taking to Instagram, EPMD’s Erick Sermon, who shared a daughter with Hurricane G, called Hurricane G “a legend in the world in his own right.” [hip-hop] Community.” He continued, “She will be missed all over the world. I can’t believe this. Pray for us. Beautiful blessings. She was a beautiful person, a wonderful mother, as real as she can be.”
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