Pumpkinhead, a veteran of Brooklyn’s underground hip-hop scene, has been reported dead at 39 years old. Commonly known as PH, Pumpkinhead’s given name was Robert Alan Diaz and the emcee appeared prominently on albums from the likes of Immortal Technique and Jean Grae.
Pumpkinhead, whose stage name nods to an iconic late ’80s horror film, got his start in the music industry in the late 1990s and found success under the tutelage of legendary radio deejay Bobbito Garcia. PH released his album The Old Testament in 2001 and then dropped Beautiful Mind in 2003. Two years later Pumpkinhead collaborated on a full-length album with Marco Polo titled Orange Moon Over Brooklyn.
More recently the former Makin’ Records emcee gained traction as a battle rapper.
Hip-hop artists like Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, and more took to social media earlier today to pay homage to their fallen friend.
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Just finding out I lost a great friend today. RIP Robert Diaz AKA Pumpkinhead. Robert and I went to PS 282 together in Brooklyn, 4th grade. We then reconnected when he became an MC during the indie era of the late 90s. He signed to Makin Records, I signed to Rawkus. Then PH went on to reinvent himself again in the new battle rap era. He LOVED MCing and was great at it. To lose such a great human being so early in his life, man. No words. There is a fraternity of artists who were around for all of this. PH inspired us all. He will live on thru us even though his physical presence will be missed. RIP Robert Diaz.
Listen to PH’s first and biggest indie hit below.
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