Rest In Peace Pumpkinhead

blame it on Shake June 10, 2015

Damn, you can never get used to hearing news like this. Veteran Brooklyn emcee and friend of the DopeHouse, Pumpkinhead (PH), passed away this morning from reasons yet to be determined.

A staple in the underground rap scene in New York during the late 90’s, PH continued to release music over the years (If you’ve yet to hear his Marco Polo-produced Orange Moon Over Brooklyn LP from 2005, I highly suggest you check it out.) and helped play an intricate part in the success of today’s battle scene.

He was one of the most genuine folks I’ve met in the game and he was loved by anyone who knew him. Rest in Paradise Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz. You will be missed.

Longtime friends and partners-in-rhyme Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Brother Ali, and others have also offered their condolences…

Also, before the recent trend of throwback freestyles came into play, PH was rocking the classics left and right. Back in 2009, we even teamed up with him to release his My Era (No Skinny Jeans Allowed) mixtape – which found him alongside the likes of Sha Stimuli, Copywrite, Homeboy Sandman, and others. For a little blast from the past, I’ve included it below.