Ex-Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob Dead at 51, Diddy Pays Tribute

Sad news out of the world of hip hop. Black Rob, a former Bad Boy Records signee best known for the single “Whoa!”, which was released in 2000, has died according to social media posts from Bad Boy labelmate Mark Curry. He was 52. More recently, Curry, who joined Rob on the 2001 Sean “Diddy” Combs single “Bad Boy For Life”, had been sharing updates about his health. Curry confirmed Rob’s passing on Saturday via Instagram. In a second clip, Curry confirmed that he had spoken with Bad Boy founder Sean “Diddy” Combs for the first time in 15 years following Rob’s passing. Curry had been using his social media network to circulate a GoFundMe created with Mike Zombie to help Black Rob find a home and pay for medical help and stability during trying times. Videos of Black Rob, born Robert Ross, lying in a hospital bed, and talking about being in pain, have surfaced over the past week. DJ Self posted the clips on Instagram and on Saturday reported that Rob had passed away in an Atlanta hospital. Black Rob’s “Life Story” album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while “Whoa!” peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lyric “like whoa” trended on Twitter Saturday night, as fans and peers paid tribute to the late rapper. On Sunday afternoon, Diddy posted a tribute on Instagram. Black Rob leaves behind an incredible legacy that will live on for eternity. May he rest in peace.