Former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob passed today at the age of 51. DJ Self and Mark Curry posted videos announcing Rob’s passing. One week ago a video of him laying in an Atlanta hospital bed updating people on his condition and sharing his thoughts on the passing of DMX was posted on social media. It was revealed that he had suffered multiple strokes and had been dealing with kidney failure. He also spoke about being homeless.
Rob is known for his 2000 hit “Whoa!.” The Harlem native was first associated with Sean Combs’s record label in the ’90s when he appeared on the remix of 112’s “Come See Me.” He worked with many artists including Channel Live, Faith Evans, Ol ‘Dirty Bastard and Total before his debut album Life Story was released in 1999. “Whoa!” took off and became one of the hottest singles at the time and established Rob as the next wave of Bad Boy artists. His second album The Black Rob Report was not as successful and he went independent on Duck Down Records in 2011 with the album Game Tested, Streets Approved. He had legal trouble and went to prison in 2006 for grand larceny and was released in 2010. In 2013, he was part of the cast for the reality show Come Back Kings with Calvin Richardson, Ed Lover and more. Rob had major health challenges for years and he talked about receiving treatment for high blood pressure back in 2015 on the Sway In The Morning Show on Sirius XM. Although he recorded a total of four albums with Genuine Article being his last in 2015, he will also be recognized by the epic energy of “Whoa!.”