Black Rob was one of my favorite rappers during the Bad Boy era of rap. Despite the glitz, glamour, and shiny suits Puff introduced into the mainstream, it was Banco Popular who was one of the emcees whose gritty lyrics maintained the label’s street sensibilities during their dominant run.
So it’s heart-breaking to see him speak on – and at one point, burst into tears – his health scares that have plagued him recently to Sway. Dispelling the rumors of drug use and abuse, Rob actually reveals that he recently had a stroke due to high blood pressure (a common killer among African-American males), and the steps he has been taking to maintain a healthier lifestyle these days. Fortunately, he’s in better health and spirits, and is working on his new album Genuine Article (he recently dropped its first single, “Welcome To My Life“), which will drop on April 21st.
Watch his interview below.