It is with a heavy heart and an unbelievable amount of sadness that I must report on the passing of our dear friend, Earl Patrick McNease aka Praverb The Wyse. He died this morning (Sept. 17) of unknown causes.
We learned of Earl’s passing this evening when the tragic news was revealed through his personal Facebook page. If you visit his page, you will see an overwhelming amount of messages conveying support for his family and loved ones; he was a father, son, and husband. The messages demonstrate just how much of an impact he made on so many lives the world over, especially on people he had never met. Like us here at Potholes.
We were lucky enough to meet Earl back when we only knew him as Praverb. Dave showed love to Praverb for all of his support in our official launch post, and there was Earl, showing love right back in the comments.
Over the years, we grew to know him both as a curator/blogger—he introduced us to one of our favorite acts, Cold Legistics—and as an artist himself. I became closer to Earl through Facebook in the past two years or so. We sent each other messages and talked about our lives, the current state of hip-hop blogging, and so much more. He showed me a great amount of support when I left music writing earlier this year and then welcomed me right back when I returned. He recently reached out to write for us, providing a list of international hip-hop blogs that everyone should visit.
You see, therein lies what made Earl such an amazing person. He wasn’t doing any of this for himself, and that made it abundantly clear that this was a man who was so passionate, kind, giving, selfless. He wrote that post along with dozens more at his own website and elsewhere to provide assistance to underground artists. His articles were always about putting other people on, whether it was beat-makers needing tips for self-promotion or simply rounding up blogs he believed would post any artist’s music.
As I sit here writing this, I must admit I’m still in a state of shock over his passing and really don’t know what else to say. Earl and I had written to each other just last week; he wanted to know if there was anything he could write about for Potholes. I told him that he could write about whatever he was feeling at the moment and eagerly anticipated his next article.
I know I speak for the entire Potholes staff when I say that we already miss you, Earl. Rest in peace.
If you would like to donate to help cover the costs of Earl’s funeral, please visit this page.
Note: Listen to Praverb’s audiobiography below. Thank you to Handbook for bringing this to our attention.