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Former Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob Dead At 51

Former Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob Dead At 51

One week after the passing of rap icon Earl “DMX” Simmon, the hip-hop community is mourning the loss of another star. New York rapper, Black Rob, has sadly passed away from kidney failure at the age of 51.


In recent days, Curry, who joined Rob on the 2001 Sean “Diddy” Combs track “Bad Boy for Life”, had been sharing updates about his health. Curry confirmed Rob’s passing Saturday (April 17) on Instagram.

The “Whoa!” songwriter and former Bad Boy artist would reveal in the days that came afterward that he was also homeless and battling health issues, including kidney failure, which DJ Self confirmed.

Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years. Four strokes … I don’t know what to tell you man. Shit is crazy. The shit is hard. I don’t got no house to live in — except maybe an apartment. Me and my man be trying to get [it] together. I’m telling you man, this shit is strange. It’s hard, you know what I’m saying?

Diddy reached out to help Rob any way he could, and did just that, which another former Bad Boy rapper Mark Curry admitted via social media. “And you are reaching out, and you’re trying to help,” Curry shared about Puff’s assistance. “We not going to say he’s not, Puffy is really trying to help.”

As a former recording artist on Bad Boy Records, Puff has made it known that he wanted to ensure that Rob was taken care of in the best way possible.

Rob, as part of Bad Boy Records’ in the late ’90s and early 2000s, was responsible for keeping New York hip-hop on the charts after the Notorious B.I.G.’s murder.

Born Robert Ross, he was also responsible for popularizing the “Harlem Shake” dance, while his debut album Life Story went platinum, mainly from his chart-topping hit “Whoa!”.

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