Black Rob a Popular New York City rapper formerly part of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy label, has died. His former label mate, Mark Curry announced his death and made it public that the late rapper was 51.
Curry shared two videos on Instagram on Saturday announcing Rob’s death, and Variety has reported his death via additional sources. Curry said in the first video, “I don’t know where to begin this.” “However, I appreciate everyone’s contributions. Rob died just over an hour ago.”
Curry said in a second video that he was with the rapper when he died. “May my brother rest in peace. I was with him at the time. Curry said, “I was there with him.”
WHO WAS BLACK ROB?
Rob grew up in East Harlem, New York, and started rapping at a young age, influenced by artists such as Spoonie Gee and Slick Rick.
At the age of 22, he took the stage name Bacardi Rob and joined the rap group Schizophrenics, though they never released an album.
Rob started associating with the Bad Boy label in 1996, and made appearances on albums by Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G., which garnered him media attention.
Rob’s debut album, ‘Life Story,’ was released in 1999 and featured the hit single ‘Whoa!,’ which was his only solo single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rob’s life wasn’t always easy, and in 2006, he was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for failing to appear in court for his sentencing on a charge of grand larceny from 2004, in which he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of more than $6,000 (£4,337) in jewelry stolen from a hotel.
In May 2010, he was released from prison.
Rob released four albums throughout his career, including 2005’s ‘The Black Rob Study,’ 2011’s ‘Game Tested, Streets Approved,’ and 2015’s ‘Genuine Article.’
CAUSE OF BLACK ROB’S DEATH
Rob had been battling health issues for years before he died, and had survived several strokes and other complications related to high blood pressure.
However, Rob’s fans were alarmed when a recent video showed him paying tribute to the late DMX – from a hospital bed.
A clearly fragile Rob said he had “huge love” for the rapper in the footage posted on Instagram, but also admitted he was in “crazy pain.”
Rob said he had been struggling with health problems for “five years” in another video in which he sat upright in his hospital bed but seemed emotionally distraught.
“I don’t have no house to live in – except maybe an apartment,” Rob revealed to fans.
Rob had “historically suffered with high blood pressure,” according to Karlie Hustle, former music director of hip hop radio station HOT 97, who revealed more detail on Twitter.
“He was taking 10 pills a day to keep the disease under control,” Rob told another rapper, according to Hustle.
Since “music industry,” Hustle said, “of course” Rob didn’t have health insurance.
While there is no official report on Black Rob’s death at this time, it seems that he died of kidney failure, this article will be updated if their is any further information about his death