According to reports, former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob–known for his massive record “Whoa!,” has passed away at the age of 51.
News of this comes after footage of Rob in the hospital surfaced, where the rapper sent prayers and condolences to the family of DMX, who recently passed. The video caused much worry, as Rob could be seen barely awake while talking about the pain he had. In another video, the rapper spoke about his plight over the last few years, noting he suffered multiple strokes while also revealing that he had nowhere to live.
Last week, a video surfaced that showed Rob (real name Robert Ross) lying down in a hospital bed, saying he was suffering from “crazy pain”.
In the same clip he was asked about how he felt about rap legend DMX, who died last week (April 9), to which Rob said he had “big love” for the Ruff Ryders rapper. In the days that followed, Rob revealed in another video, shared by DJ Self, that he was homeless and battling health issues including kidney failure, which DJ Self confirmed. Born on July 12, 1969, Rob began his career using the moniker Bacardi Rob. He started out as part of rap group the Schizophrenics, alongside Alto and Godzilla, before joining Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records in the mid-1990s. He appeared on tracks such as the remix of 112’s ‘Come See Me’, Ma$e‘s ’24 Hrs. To Live’, Total’s ‘What About Us’, and Diddy’s (fka Puff Daddy) ‘I Love You Baby’, before delivering the hip-hop anthem ‘Whoa!’ in 2000.
That same year he released his debut album, ‘Life Story’, which in addition to ‘Whoa!’ and ‘I Love You Baby’ also featured ‘Spanish Fly’, his collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA. He released his second album, ‘The Black Rob Report’, in 2005, followed by the albums ‘Game Tested, Streets Approved’ (2011) and ‘Genuine Article’ (2015). Tributes have begun to pour in for Black Rob.
On Instagram and Twitter….many industry heads chimed in on Black Rob’s passing, including Rob’s former label boss Diddy:
Rest In Peace, Black Rob. pic.twitter.com/pCpkD83MnE
— GZA (@TheRealGZA) April 18, 2021
Rest In Peace Black Rob … obviously the iconic hit is "whoa" but for me it's always gonna be about "I love you baby" off the puff daddy and the family album … 🙏🏼
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) April 17, 2021
RIP BLACK ROB… sad news hard week… 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) April 17, 2021
All this death in hip hop really SUCKS!!! R.I.P. DMX & Black Rob! I cant believe i just said that. Just dont sound right 😢 no time to grieve 1 death anymore X just died last week and BR dies today 🤦🏾♂️😢😭
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) April 17, 2021