Former Bad Boys Records Rapper Was 51 – Deadline

Rapper Black Rob, best known for his affiliation with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, died on Saturday. He was 51 years old.

TMZ reported the news, with Rob’s fellow MCs Mark Curry and DJ Self taking to social media to back it up.

At this time, the cause of death has not been released. However, he is known to be battling kidney failure and had also suffered a series of strokes, dating back to 2015. Recently he was hospitalized in Atlanta, although he was later released.

Born Robert Ross, Black Rob grew up in East Harlem, beginning to rap before reaching his teens. At 22, he started performing with his first rap group, the Schizophrenics, under the stage name “Bacardi Rob”.

It was in 1996 that Rob got involved with the Bad Boy label, appearing on a remix of “Come See Me” from 112. The rapper would stay with Bad Boy until 2010, when he left and signed with the independent label Down Duck Records and eventually formed his own label, Box and One, alongside Jemal Mosley.

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While Black Rob has featured throughout his career on albums by Cru, Ol Dirty Bastard, Channel Live, The Madd Rapper, Benzino, Tony Touch and more, many know him for his hit 2000 single, “Whoa! “, Which reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. In total, he released four studio albums, including Life story (2000), The Black Rob Report (2005), Game tested, approved by the streets (2011) and Authentic article (2015).

In 2013, Rob also ventured into television with a short-lived reality series called Come back kings, in which he appeared opposite Ed Lover, Calvin Richardson, David “Davinch” Chance and more.

Black Rob was the father of four children named Kayli, Rianna, Diamond and Million.

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