Rapper Black Rob, famous for his connection with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, died on 18 April.

At the moment, the cause of death has not been revealed. However, it is known that he had been battling kidney failure. He had suffered a series of strokes, going back to 2015. Recently, he was hospitalized in Atlanta, though he was subsequently discharged.

Black Rob was known for his 2000 hit “Whoa,” has died at the age of 51.
Black Rob passes away on April 17.
Source: Instagram

Black Rob was raised in East Harlem, born Robert Ross, showed interest in rap before reaching his teenage years. At age 22, he started performing with the first rap group, the Schizophrenics, under the “Bacardi Rob.”

In 1996, Rob joined the Bad Boy label starring n a remix to 112’s See Me. The rapper remained with Bad Boy until 2010, when he quit and signed to an independent label, Down Duck Records. He eventually formed his own label, Box and One, opposite Jemal Mosley.

As Black Rob worked on Cru, Ol Dirty Bastard, Channel Live, The Madd Rapper, Benzino, Tony Touch, and more, people recognize him for his 2000 hit single “Whoa!” reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. To sum up, he put out four studio albums, including Life Story, Game Tested, Streets Approved, Genuine Article, and The Black Rob report.

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In 2013, the rapper into television with a short-lived reality series Come Back Kings in which he appeared next to Ed Lover, David “Davinci” Chance, Calvin Richardson, and many. Rob was the father of four children Kayli, Rianna, Diamond, and Million.

Mark Curry announced Rob's death via instagram video.
Mark Curry was with Black Rob when he died.
Source: Twitter.

On April 10, Love & Hip Hop’s DJ Self Instagrammed a video of Rob in a hospital bed. He posted a video of Ross seated upright, explaining that he’s suffered four strokes in the past five years. He had been suffering immense pain.

Rob’s label mate Mark Curry announced Rob’s death in two videos posted on Instagram on April 17. And, Variety has confirmed his passing via additional sources. Curry said in the first video, and I thank everybody for the donations. Rob passed away about an hour ago. Mark added, “Rest in peace to my brother; I was there with him.”

Rob joined Diddy’s Bad Boy label in the mid-1990s. He released the platinum-selling debut album Life Story in 1999. Black Rob is best known for his 2000 single Whoa!, which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts.

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In Vulture’s 100 songs that defined New York Rap omnibus, writer Shamira Ibrahim praised the track for Black Rob’s stream of consciousness storytelling. Besides, Whoa reached 43 on the billboard top 100. However, the summer party jam continues to be played from car stereos in neighborhoods across the five boroughs over 20 years later.

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