Rapper Black Rob is the latest MC to pass away. While the Hip-Hop community is collectively still shocked and mourning DMX, Black Rob jumped back on everyone’s radar during a now viral video of him paying his respects to X from a hospital bed. The video sent shock waves through social media since many people did not know he was sick.
Rob was born Robert Ross in Harlem. He rose to fame as part of the 00’s chapter of Sean “Diddy” Combs Bad Boy Records. His single “Woah!” was a hood anthem and a billboard hit, making him one to watch from New York. Sadly Rob never found the same level of success, despite attempts over the years at a come back.
People were first alerted to Rob’s health issues in a video posted to social media. The heartbreaking hospital video was posted by DJ Self with the caption “Let keep our prayers up Black Rob !!! Get well man Please people out there take care of yourself [Black Rob] was one of the greats Had NY on his back like Whaooo.” In the video he was addressing DMX who at the time was still alive but in a vegetative state. Through heavy breaths, Black Rob expressed his love for DMX. “Big love to X man.”
The Black Rob hospital video is distressing, but I believe it’s important to normalize seeing sick people out in the open. Sick people are people. The human experience is fragile. We should not disappear our ill brethren because we find discomfort in our own mortality.— Karlie Hustle (@THEkarliehustle) April 10, 2021
Shortly after the video, it was reported that Rob had gotten out of the hospital and was doing better. However, it was also revealed that he was homeless. People began digging up old interviews where Rob had revealed that he’d had 4 strokes in the past 5 years. They also reported, “It’s not just his health that’s in bad shape, it’s his finances as well. Black Rob signed with Bad Boy around 1996 and in 2000 released his mega hit single “Whoa” but appears to be on hard times. In the same audio, Black Rob can be heard saying that he “doesn’t have a house to live in.” According to Rob, he’s homeless.”
Friend Mark Curry took to social media to report that Rob was out but looking for housing, and announced that a Go Fund Me would be started to help the struggling rapper. At the time it had reached over $17,000 in donations. Unfortunately, Rob passed before they could help him find a home.
Today the reports began to circulate that he’d passed at the age of 51. Mark Curry and former label mate Mario Winans both confirmed via their social media accounts.
Another sad day in Hip Hop with the passing of Black Rob! It saddens me even more that his video of crying out for help that was very recently. Let’s show love when ppl are here, not when they go. Rest Easy King ❤️🙏🏼🕊 pic.twitter.com/BYAPKn0JRX— Premium Pete (@PremiumPete) April 17, 2021
2 people on this song have passed away within the last week.— The Stash Spot (@560StateSt) April 17, 2021
Rest in Power Black Rob 🕊
DMX 🕊 pic.twitter.com/A0PGu18FdG