Robert “Black Rob” Ross will be honored with a memorial service live-streamed by Diddy’s REVOLT network. His former labelmate, Mark Curry, shared the news via Instagram.
“Join us as we gather to share our favorite stories and memories, to laugh and to cry in memory of our beloved Robert ‘Black Rob’ Ross. We will always love you,” Curry wrote.
Curry, Ross and Combs share a bond that dates back to their days at Bad Boy Records. During his time at Bad Boy Records, Black Rob achieved success with hits like “Woah” and released two albums. Unfortunately, Black Rob’s time at Bad Boy Records with Diddy was cut short when he was convicted of grand larceny in 2006. He served five years of his seven-year sentence, but was able to continue his career at Duck Down Records. There, he released his final two albums, Genuine Article and Game Tested. Tragically, Black Rob’s life was cut short by lupus, kidney failure and diabetes. He was only 52 years old at the time of his passing.
In the days since his passing, a number of Hip-Hop legends have come out to sing his praises. Diddy, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, GZA and Styles P all remembered the life of Black Rob through social media.
“As I listen to your records today, there’s one thing that they all have in common! You have made millions of people all over the world feel good and dance! You are one of a kind,” Diddy wrote on Instagram.
Diddy and REVOLT will begin live-streaming his homegoing service on April 30 at 9 a.m. ET.