The members of popular underground group, Non Phixion, were dealt a personal blow last week, when a close friend of theirs passed away … Uncle Howie.
Rapper Ill Bill announced the news on Friday (March 26), via his Twitter page (@IllBill1972): “UNCLE HOWIE RIP – REST IN POWER MY G – UNCLE HOWIE FOREVER \m/ FTW,” the rapper tweeted.
“I’m so gonna miss this crazy maniac f*ck \m/ UNCLE HOWIE RIP – \m/ LEGENDS NEVER DIE \m/,” he added hours later.
Fans of the group know Uncle Howie (full name: Howard Tenenbaum) as the inspiration behind classic Necro tracks like “I Need Drugs,” as well as his appearances on album interludes, skits, webisodes and DVDs.
Rapper Ill Bill even named of his record label after Howie, starting Uncle Howie Records back in 1998, and releasing several Ill Bill and Non Phixion projects through the company.
While Howie never had an official role within the Non Phixion camp, he served more as a mascot and spokeperson. From his inclusion in the camp’s music, you can hear how much he meant to every member.
In an October 2008 interview with HipHopDX.com, Bill said Uncle Howie helped keep him on the right path throughout his life. “He’s been my conscience through my life. When I get to that fork in the road, I always tend to make the right decision,” the rapper said. “I give a lot of credit to my uncle for that.”
Bill dedicated a song to Howie on his 2008 solo album, The Hour of Reprisal, called “My Uncle”.
The cause of death was unknown at press time, nor was Howie’s age.