Former Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob recently found himself in another precarious medical situation. Six years after suffering a series of strokes, the “Whoa!” rapper was back in the hospital earlier this month, sparking concern among his fans and peers alike. Although he’s since been released, a GoFundMe has been erected in Black Rob’s name to hopefully provide a little financial relief and get him back on his feet.
According to an Instagram post from fellow ex-Bad Boy rapper Mark Curry, Black Rob is currently on dialysis, which is usually the result of kidney failure. Curry also noted Bad Boy founder Diddy, who’s been under heavy scrutiny for his perceived inaction to help Black Rob, has been attempting to get in touch.
“Puffy, we need your help and you are reaching out,” Curry says in the clip. “You’re trying to help. We’re not trying to say he’s not. He’s really trying to help.”
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In another Instagram video, Mark Curry thanked everyone for their support, then adding, “Also know that it’s not a sympathy case or nothing like that; he just needs that support, that love, that aid to get through during these hard times, cause you can imagine what it’s like going through dialysis and stuff and have to worry about where you’re going to put your head.”
Shortly after Black Rob was discharged from the hospital, he revealed he was in dire straits and essentially homeless.
“Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years,” he said in another IG video. “Four strokes … I don’t know what to tell you man. Shit is crazy. This shit 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 shit 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 shit. I don’t want to talk about it no more.”
Black Rob spoke to Sway In The Morning about his health in 2015 as he was promoting his last album Genuine Article.
“I had high blood pressure,” Rob explained at the time. “Being that I have that, that takes a lot out of a brother. Going on tour, you don’t even know. This is a real serious… I had a stroke. Yea, I had a stroke… and ummm, I got over that. “It’s been high blood pressure and trying to stay on top of this thing.
“Being on top, it’s hard. I got over it. After [the stroke], I was in the wind. I came out of it. It’s hard, but I can do it. I had to change my health regimen and how I eat. That’s it. I’m exercising and trying to keep it up. I don’t drink no more. That right there was telling me that I had to stop. Every time I come out, I drink. I just got tired of it. Now, I’m back. I’m working against that and trying to be the best thing I can be. It’s hard.”
To donate to Black Rob’s GoFundMe, head here.