The rapper known as Black Rob, Ross Ross, whose raucous, see-saw-all voices alternately hit millennials such as “Wow!” And “Can I Live” for Bad Boy Records died Saturday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was 52 years old.
The reason for this was cardiac arrest, a friend and one-time Bad Boy artist Mark Curry said that in recent years, Mr. Ross had a number of health issues, including diabetes, lupus, kidney failure and multiple strokes.
Mr. Ross was undergoing dialysis and was discharged from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital this month, Mr. Curry said. In a video that was posted online and spread across the hip-hop world, Mr. Ross detailed his illnesses And more recently the conflict with the homeless.
“He was not a householder, but he always had us,” said Mr. Curry, who called Mr. Ross “a true poet.” He said: “He is known for telling stories and his music describes his life. You can experience it.”
Last week, Mr. Curry, along with producer Mike Zombie, began promoting A GoFundMe Campaign To raise money for Mr. Ros – “to help him pay the house for medical assistance and sustainability during these efforts,” the campaign details stated. The fund-raiser collected nearly half of its $ 50,000 goal.
Mr. Ross, who was born in Harlem, N.Y., started rapping around the age of 11, Slick Rick and Doug E. Were influenced by local artists such as Fresh whom he credited with helping develop his storytelling ability. He also clarified the essence of his musical neighborhood, and called it “pick-me-up kinda sound”.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, it’s got a little taste, I can dance to it’ – you’re going to talk about a little bit of money, a little bit of drugs,” Mr. Ross said 2013 interview. “We were the best.”
Known for Hard work 2000 single “Wow!”, Which peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100, and a string of electric guest verses on the songs of Mess, 112 and Kull, Mr. Ross could sound both inspired and experienced even as a youth.
In March 1997, the rapper became another fast-burning star, known as Diddy, in the lead role after the assassination of his Bad Boy label Met, the infamous B.I.G. . By the late 1990s.
Mr. Ross’ debut album, titled “Life Story”, was released by Bad Boy in 2000, when he was 31 years old. Already, he had spent more than a decade of his life in juvenile detainees, jailed and jailed, and the music reflected.
“This is hell,” rapper Said at that time Of his past. “Once they get your teeth, they keep biting, until they feel like, ‘Let’s throw the key on this cat.”
“Life Story” featured intricate street stories of stickups, shootouts and family conflicts that could lead to such things, and it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Albums Chart, eventually becoming platinum.
Five years later, the rapper’s second album, “The Black Rob Report”, failed to achieve the same success as she had in the run. Mr. Ross was back in jail, Failed to report the conviction for the 2004 Larne charge. His career never recovered.
“Bad Boy Left Me Dead,” Mr. Ross said upon his release From prison in 2010. Two subsequent independent releases were found on different labels.
Mr. Ross is survived by his mother, Cynthia; Four siblings; Nine children; And five grandchildren.
Many on social media expressed condolences for Mr. Ross, including Didi, entrepreneur Daymond John and rappers Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, GZA and Stiles P.
on Twitter, LL Cool J described Mr Ross as a narrator, gentleman and an MC
Ms. Elliott stated that Mr. Ross’s death led to the death of another New York rapper, Earl Simmons, known as DMX, Who died this month.
“When someone dies, it’s hard to say” Ms. Elliott said on Twitter. “I am praying for both of their families for healing.”