PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

Perhaps best known for their stunning Spandau Ballet-sampling, Christina Appelgate-mentioning “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” seminal hip-hop act PM Dawn lost founding member Prince Be (aka Attrell Cordes) who passed away at 46 years old. PM Dawn sparkled during the era of bohemian-tinted hip-hop—with their shimmery, oftentimes ethereal songs. “Set Adrift…” was the first-ever hip-hop track by a black group to reach number one on Billboard’s pop singles chart, and Prince Be’s vocals were (as with on other songs like “Gotta Be… Movin’ On Up” and “I’d Die Without You”) hippie-vibed, but rather than be endlessly positive they were tinged with struggle, self-doubt and heartache.