It is with a heavy heart that The Hip Hop Speakeasy returns to you today to bring the sad news that hip-hop has lost a great thinker. Earl Patrick McNease, known as the lyricist Praverb, or P. The Wyse, passed away today, September 17th, 2014. We are deeply saddened by his loss and we send all of our condolences to his family and friends. As part of the Hip Hop Collaborative, Hip Hop Bloggers United, we received this piece penned by Dharmic:
“On September 17, 2014, the hip-hop community lost one of its most enthusiastic, devoted soldiers, Earl Patrick McNease. Known to all of us as Praverb, he was a rapper, DIY marketing expert, blogger, but more importantly, a sincere human being whose mission seemed to involve helping everyone who came across his path.
If you are a rapper or a publicist trying to make your name, you have probably stumbled upon his many lists of contacts: International Blogs, Radio Shows, etc. If you were on social media, you probably read one of his Twitter interviews or one of his motivational or instructional comments (he made Hip-Hop Wired’s #BlackTwitter100 list for his advice and wisdom).
As a member of the Hip-Hop Bloggers United Collective, he was a dot connector, staying in touch with everybody. The sincerity was apparent in every word he ever spoke, as he gave his support and encouragement to all.
Praverb leaves behind his wife Vanessa and their little son, Matthew. On September 17, Vanessa sent a Facebook status from his account informing his friends and family of his untimely passing. The best way to honor my husband would be to continue to share his love of hip-hop and the word of God through his websites. This was his aspiration,” she wrote.
As HHBU, we are asking for donations for Praverb’s family to support them during this very difficult time. The money would be going towards paying for the funeral and other expenses during this period of transition. Praverb deserves nothing less.
You may donate to Praverb’s fund by visiting the link below.