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Def Squad Rapper Hurricane G Has Died

Brooklyn-born rap veteran Hurricane G, who released her debut album All Woman in 1997, has died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

Brooklyn-born MC, Hurricane G, who released her debut album All Woman in 1997, died on Sunday (November 6) at 52-years-old. According to Hurricane G’s daughter, Lexus – shared with producer Erick Sermon – she had a lengthy battle with lung cancer. The rapper, real name Gloria Rodriguez, had a career spanning 30 years, getting her start as a member of Def Squad with Redman, Keith Murray, Jamal and Sermon.

“My heart is hardened today,” Sermon wrote on Instagram. “One of my good friends…. my oldest daughter’s mother passed away today #HURRICANEGLORIA was also a legend in her own right in the Hiphop community,” he wrote. “One of the first puertorican female rappers She rapped with me. @redmangilla she paved the way.”

Rodriquez entered mainstream rap after appearing on the intro of  Redman’s 1992 hit “Tonight’s Da Night.” Along with All Woman, which boasted Hop Rap Tracks single “Somebody Else,” Rodriquez collaborated with fellow rappers throughout the ’90s, including Xzibit and Diddy, featuring on the latter’s “P.E. 2000” from 1999 album Forever. Rodriquez released her second and final album Mami & Papi with rapper-producer Thirstin Howl III in 2013.

Domingo Padilla, who executive-produced All Woman, also went to Instagram to pay respects to Rodriquez.

“R.I.P. to my good friend Hurricane G.Really sad news to get,” he wrote. “I was blessed to know her and produce her debut album. God bless her family and daughter.”

Read more tributes to Hurricane G below.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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