The rapper most known commercially for his record “Whoa” has died.
There was a video that circulated last week of Black Rob, whose real name is Robert Ross that showed him in the hospital. Former Bad Boy artist Mark Curry first revealed the news in a video asking Rob’s children to get in touch with him. Rob’s exact cause of death has not been revealed, but he’s suffered from health issues stemming from high blood pressure, and has had four strokes in the last five years according to in a video posted on social media. He was 51 years old.
Ross grew up in East Harlem and began rapping between the ages of 11 and 12. At the age of 22, “Bacardi Rob” as he was known at that time, began to show his talents as a rapper. He began his association with the Bad Boy around1996, appearing on the Bad Boy remix of 112’s “Come See Me.” His debut album Life Story was released in 1999 and went platinum.