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Former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob dead at 52

The Hip Hop world lost another superstar within a week of DMX

LiFTED | Leah Liu | 19 Apr 2021

The Hip Hop world is reeling because yet another superstar has passed away too early. Black Rob, one of Bad Boy’s finest from the 1990s and 2000s, passed away on April 17 at the age of 52.

Best known for his 2000 hit song ‘Whoa!’ for Bad Boy Records, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and number 43 on Billboard Hot 100. His album, Life Story, debuted at number three on the Billboard album chart and eventually went platinum. Black Rob was expected to fill the hole that The Notorious B.I.G left when he was murdered because of his gritty raps and real-world lyricism.

The cause of Black Rob’s death was cardiac arrest. Prior to his death, Black Rob had been dealing with a series of health issues for a long time, including lupus, kidney failure, diabetes, and multiple strokes. “The pain is crazy. It's helping me out though, it’s making me realize I got a lot to go.” The diseases had been gnawing at him, but it seemed that he was still full of hope.

Once Black Rob received the news that DMX died last week, the rapper who had worked with DMX in ‘24 Hours to Live’ offered his condolences to DMX from the hospital bed. “I feel everything about X. X was positive. Love to X.” he said on social media while looking in ill health.