Rest in Peace: Pumpkinhead
R.I.P. to the battle rap and hip hop luminary.
It is with great sadness that we report New York City hip hop luminary Robert Diaz has passed. He was 39.
The Brooklyn native carved his name in the tree of hip hop with his 1997 track “Dynamic,” which was ultimately remixed by The World Famous Beat Junkies for their mix CD The World Famous Beat Junkies, Vol. 2 in 1998. Known as Pumpkinhead, the Puerto Rican emcee honed his skills in the battle rap scene, from Blaze to Grind Time.
However, Pumpkinhead’s crowning moment in hip hop came when he released Orange Moon Over Brooklyn in 2005, which featured standout tracks like “Emcee” and Trifactor.”
Saddened by the news, numerous members of the hip hop community took to Twitter to pay their respects.
— marci-beaucoup (@rocmarci) June 9, 2015
Pumpkinhead RIP. Good brother, dope MC, OG in NYC's indie rap circuit. Used to always quote his old demos to him and bug out. Salute.
— J-Zone (@jzonedonttweet) June 9, 2015
aw man rest in peace, pumpkinhead. one of the coolest, kindest people to walk this earth.
— el-p (@therealelp) June 9, 2015
RIP Pumpkinhead of OBS, Skeme Team, Brooklyn Academy & Decepticons. Still remember hearing "Dynamic" for the 1st time on vinyl in '97. DAMN.
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) June 9, 2015
Sad to hear of #Pumpkinhead passing. Good dude.
— Stretch Armstrong (@StretchArmy) June 9, 2015
I'm completely devastated. RIP PH. pic.twitter.com/wDmsRaHk20
— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) June 9, 2015
Condolences to the family of PH.
Robert Diaz is survived by his wife, their two sons, and a daughter on the way. For those looking to help out the family of Pumpkinhead, please donate here.