Robert Ross, known professionally as Black Rob, and once a close friend to P Diddy was an American rapper who was signed to Bad Boy. He was best known for his hit single “Whoa!”, which reached the Billboard Hot 100.
Close friends to the late rapper confirmed the reports that he had passed on while dealing with a series of health issues at the age of 52 while at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
The cause of death hasn’t been revealed but according to reports by Hot 97, Rob Black had been dealing with serious health issues. It is also reported that before his passing, he spoke out about the death of DMX from his hospital bed to show respect to the late rapper.
According to Florida News-Times, Black Rob had revealed that he was homeless and suffering from health issues, indicating he had four strokes and his kidney was failing. He was also on dialysis for his kidneys.
Fans and many others called out P Diddy for not helping out Rob, however, it is reported that he did reach out and was trying to help him get back on his feet.
A fellow former Bad Boy crew member, Mario Winans spoke out online about Rob’s death. He said, “This hit my heart……. we will NEVER forget you, brother! RIP BLACK ROB!” Diddy hasn’t spoken out yet, nor Black Rob’s family.
Rob’s former label boss Diddy wrote: “Rest in power King @therealblackrob ! As I listen to your records today there’s one thing that they all have in common! You have made millions of people all over the world feel good and dance! You are one of a kind! GOD BLESS! Love. You will be truly missed!!!!!”
Black Rob had been homeless and suffered from health issues
The former Bad Boy signee is best known for his 2000 song “Whoa” recently shared a video shot during a hospital stay, in which he paid tribute to the late DMX. At the time of his death, a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his medical expenses had yet to reach its goal.
Ross began rapping when he was a child and formed his first group the Schizophrenics when he was in his early 20s. He underwent a brief jail stint in the late ’80s before falling in with Bad Boy Records the following decade. Though his star rose as he contributed verses to a number of the label’s other artists in the ’90s, Ross wouldn’t get his time in the spotlight until 2000, when his debut Life Story was finally released.
Life Story and its hit single “Whoa!” were his best tracks that helped Bad Boy Records regain some popularity for a brief period. He later appeared on P. Diddy’s hit single “Bad Boys for Life” in 2001.
Life Story hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and would go on to be certified platinum, though subsequent Black Rob releases would fail to chart as highly. He later signed to Duck Down for his third album Game Tested, Streets Approved in 2011.
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