Black Rob, Former Bad Boy Records Artist, Dies at 52
Friend Mark Curry confirmed the artist's cause of death to the New York Times, adding that Ross was dealing with health issues, including lupus, kidney failure, diabetes and multiple strokes, prior to his death.
The former Bad Boy signee recently shared a video from hospital in which he paid tribute to the late DMX. At the time of his death, Ross was raising money to cover his medical expenses through GoFundMe.
Ross began rapping as a child growing up in New York and joined his first rap group, the Schizophrenics, in his early 20s. The '90s would see him work extensively with Diddy's Bad Boy label, appearing alongside the likes of Mase, Puff Daddy & the Family, the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and more.
Ross made his debut as Black Rob with 2000's Life Story, which spawned successful single "Whoa!" The song peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached the Top 10 on both the R&B and Rap charts.
In 2005, Ross would deliver sophomore solo LP The Black Rob Report. He parted ways with Bad Boy in 2010, subsequently signing to independent label Duck Down Records for 2011's Game Tested, Streets Approved.
The artist's fourth and final album, Genuine Article, arrived in 2015.
Find tributes to Ross below from Diddy, LL Cool J, Q-Tip, GZA and more.
Black Rob...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) April 18, 2021
You gave us heat and we'll keep it HOT 4 U KING!
Rest In Peace. Black Rob. I'm stuck. I'm processing. I'm praying. I'm staring at the wall. Condolences to your children & family. pic.twitter.com/gQn2gmLGry— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) April 17, 2021
Black Rob had a clean heart in a dirty game. I'm hurting I wish I got to speak to him one last time at least. Don't tell the world how much you care about a person tell the person how much you care about them while they are accepting what the world has to offer. 🤲🏾— CORMEGA (@iamcormega) April 18, 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
Rest In Peace, Black Rob. pic.twitter.com/pCpkD83MnE— GZA (@TheRealGZA) April 18, 2021
Black Rob. A story teller. An MC. a gentleman every time I saw him. Rest in power my brother. 🙏🏾♥️— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) April 17, 2021
RIP to one of Bad Boy's finest, storyteller supreme, Black Rob 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/2h5g7lvQnj— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 17, 2021
Damn, RIP Black Rob.— DJ Male Grooming (@atrak) April 17, 2021
Shit is too much. 😔