Rapper Black Rob dead at 51 … days after revealing ‘five years’ of pain and failing health in videos
Rapper Black Rob died on Saturday, April 17 at the age of 51 in a hospital in Atlanta.
The New York City resident, who was once on P. Diddy’s artist list on Bad Boy Records, has suffered from declining health over the past five years, including kidney failure and four strokes.
NYC radio personality DJ Self was one of the friends and colleagues who used social media to confirm his death and pay their respects.
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RIP: Rapper Black Rob (née Robert Ross) died in an Atlanta hospital on Saturday, April 17, after several years of ill health; he is pictured in NYC in February 2015
DJ Self (née Terrence Self), who had documented Rob’s health problems over what would be his last week of life, appeared to be one of the first to spread the tragic news.
“Lord knows I’ve been trying to get help … I’m sorry to have to say RIP to Black Rob … Died in the Atlanta hospital,” he captioned a black and white photo of the rapper. along with his year of birth and death.
Another former Bad Boy artist, Mark Curry, also confirmed his passing in a tearful video, thanking everyone who donated to a GoFundMe campaign on Rob’s behalf.
Both Curry and Black Rob were featured on Diddy’s hit song Bad Boy 4 Life, which was featured on the legendary rapper and producer’s third studio album from 2001 – The Saga Continues …
Tributes: DJ Self (née Terrence Self) was one of the members of the hip-hop community to confirm Rob’s death and pay respect to the New York rapper
One-time Bad Boy singer and producer Mario Winans wrote: ‘This touched my heart ……. we will NEVER forget your brother! RIP BLACK ROB! ‘
A number of others members of the hip-hop community have also expressed their condolences, including radio host Peter Rosenberg and music journalist Jeff Weiss.
The news of Rob’s death comes a week after speaking from a hospital bed about his serious health issues, while clearly in extreme pain, in a video posted to DJ Self’s Instagram page.
‘I don’t know what the pain is … the pain is insane, man. However, it helps me. It makes me realize I got a lot to do, man– a lot to do, man, ” he said, his eyes mostly closed from the pain.
He also shared his love for the late rapper DMX, who passed away days earlier on April 9.
Failing Health Documented: News of Rob’s death comes a week after he spoke of his failing health from an Atlanta hospital bed, while clearly in extreme pain, in a video posted by DJ Self on April 10
Personal Struggles: The Whoa! rapper also revealed he’d had four strokes and suggested he was homeless in a video posted by DJ Self on April 11
After he was released the next day, Rob (née Robert Ross) provided an update on his condition and situation in another video shared by Self.
“I’ve been in this for five years, man, four strokes,” he began in the clip, sitting down with his head down and his eyes closed.
“I don’t know what to tell you, man,” he said before suggesting he’d been homeless in the run-up to his death.
This s ** t is crazy. This shit is hard. I don’t have a house to live in, except an apartment where me and my husband try to get together. I’m telling you, man, this is weird, it’s hard. ‘
He added, “I don’t know what people are going to do or what people are going to say.”
Heartbreaking: The former Bad Boy Records artist ended the video by saying, ‘My side is killing me,’ a likely reference to his kidney failure as he consistently sighed in obvious pain
He then paused to gather his thoughts and declared, “I need a little rest, man. I need a rest. ‘
Rob ended the video by saying, ‘My side is killing me,’ while consistently sighing in apparent pain.
So far, there is no word on memorial or funeral arrangements.
Black Rob is best known to fans of the hit Whoa! it was on his 1999 debut studio album Life Story.
Leaving its mark: Black Rob is best known to fans of the hit Whoa! featured on his 1999 debut studio album – Life Story – and for his collaboration with Mark Curry on Diddy’s hit song Bad Boy 4 Life