Harlem New York rapper Black Rob had an entire generation of people saying “WHOA” in 2000. His catchy song was a club hit and is vividly remembered by many. Sadly today (April 17th) his close friends announced he passed while in an Atlanta hospital. A video of the artists circulated before his passing. In the video he confessed that he had been struggling with his health for the last five years. He even said he had suffered four strokes. The video had fans very concerned. He was clearly weak and tired. His hospitalization was also during the passing of DMX and the hip hop word unfortunately lost Black Rob a short time later.
Black Rob started rapping in East Harlem at age 11 and 12. When he was 22 he joined the group “Schizophrenics” and went by the name of “Bacardi Rob”. The Schizophrenics never put out an actual album but the artist gained knowledge and skills that would later lead to a successful career in hip hop. In 1996 he met and started associating with the Bad Boy Label appearing in 112’s song “Come See Me” and then in Faith Evans song ” Love Like This”.
After these features he made appearances with Mase, P Diddy, Benzino, Ol Dirty Bastard, and more. It was clear he was on a mission to make himself known in the rap game. These efforts paid off and in 1999 his debut album “Life Story” went platinum. Then in 2000 he released the major club hit “Whoa”. The song made it to 43 on the top 100 Billboard charts and top 10 on the rap charts.
Since then he has been struggling with his health. In 2015 he suffered a mild stroke, he recovered and adapted to a much healthier life style. He stated he was eating healthier and exercising regularly. He even stated he was feeling much better. Unfortunately he still later struggled with his health and was unable to recover. His legacy of music still lives on and fans can remember when he had all of us saying “Whoa”. Our love and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.