On Saturday (October 28), Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie revealed that the Bad Boy rapper’s first posthumous album is finally ready for the public. Executive produced by The Hitmen “captain” and the late MC, Life Story 2 is scheduled to arrive on Friday (November 3).
Angelettie shared the news, along with a song snippet playing over a negative outline of Black Rob looking over New York City. As of now, it is unclear if this is the official cover art for the upcoming double album.
Check out the social media announcement for the album below:
Black Rob was a force to be reckoned with in the late ’90s and early 2000s as a member of Bad Boy Records. Following his April 2021 death, his contributions to the culture were officially recognized in a huge way.
During the summer of 2022, the city of New York honored the late spitter on his birthday with a street named in his honor. The corner of 115th street and 1st Avenue in Harlem, the same block he grew up on, is now known as Robert “Black Rob” Ross Way.
Black Rob was signed to Bad Boy Records in the mid-90s, appearing on tracks with 112, Total, Faith Evans and Ma$e. All of his guest features stirred up a great deal of hype among fans, pushing his 1999 debut album, Life Story, to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album also produced his biggest hit, “Whoa!” That track peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his only solo song to reach the Hot 100 in his lifetime.
Fans were extremely worried in April 2021 when DJ Self shared a video of the MC speaking from a hospital bed, looking gaunt and physically drained. Another video showed him out of the hospital but still in pain. He passed away at the age of 52, just days after those videos were shared online. Legendary New York City promoter Van Silk announced the news, with DJ Self confirming it later on Instagram.
Black Rob isn’t the only Harlem legend that has a street named in his honor. The late Big L’s old stomping grounds, 140th and Lenox Avenue, was renamed Lamont “Big L” Coleman Way last year.
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