MISSY Elliott, LL Cool J and Mario Winans were among the celebrities paying tribute to late rapper Black Rob.
Celebrities paid tribute to Black Rob after he died aged 51 on Saturday[/caption]
Rob – who revealed he was homeless shortly before he died – was best known for his 2000 hit Woah! and was previously signed to P. Diddy’s record label Bad Boy Records.
A slew of singers, rappers and record producers paid homage to the musician on social media after hearing of his death.
LL Cool J tweeted: “Black Rob. A storyteller. An MC. A gentleman every time I saw him. Rest in power my brother.”
I Don’t Wanna Know singer Mario Winans: “This hit my heart……. we will NEVER forget you brother! RIP BLACK ROB!”
Missy Elliott and LL Cool J were among the stars paying ode to Rob[/caption]
Missy Elliott reflected on Rob’s tragic death soon after fellow rapper DMX died aged 50 on April 9 following a heart attack.
The Get Ur Freak On hitmaker posted: “It’s hard finding the words to say when someone passes away…
“It’s been tough from X to Black Rob. I am praying for both of their families for healing.”
Rapper Biz Markie added: “RIP Black Rob, one of the great millennium-era crime rap novelists, gruff but with Harlem slickness, who endured fire and brimstone to briefly reach the apex, before gravity and the law took hold.”
“Of course, ‘Whoa,’ which owned the world for a full year, the platonic tunnel banger.”
DJ Self posted a tribute on Instagram, with the caption: “Lord knows i tried to get help …… I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob ….. Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta.”
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs posted a photo of Rob and wrote simply alongside it: “One time for Black Rob. RIP.”
Record producer Pete Rock added: “All this death in hip hop really sucks. RIP DMX and Black Rob! I can’t believe I just said that.
“Just don’t sound right. No time to grieve 1 death anymore. X just died last week and BR dies today
Rob – real name Robert Ross – talked about what he was going through in an Instagram video, explaining: “Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years.
“Four strokes… I don’t know what to tell you man. S**t is crazy. This s**t is hard. I don’t got no house to live in — except maybe an apartment.
“Me and my man be trying to get together. I’m telling you man, this s**t is strange.
“It’s hard, you know what I’m saying? I don’t know what the people want to do, what the people going to say. I need some rest, man.
“Really, man. I need some rest. My side is killing me. Oh s**t. I don’t want to talk about it no more.”
From hospital, the hip hop star shared his condolences after DMX passed away, saying in a clip: “I feel everything about X. X was positive. Love to X.”
The tribute left fans worried for Black Rob’s health as it seemed as if he struggled to speak.
Following the video, fans launched a GoFundMe to raise money to help the rapper with his medical bills and living arrangements.
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Fellow Bad Boy Records rapper Mark Curry – who had been updating fans on Black Rob’s condition – recorded a video announcing the artist’s death.
He said: “I don’t know where to begin this, I thank everybody for the donations. Rob passed away about an hour ago.”
Rob is thought to have four children – three daughters Kayli, Rianna and Diamond along with son Million.