Black Rob (born Robert Ross) is a rapper who was formerly signed to Bad Boy Records. He began associating with the label as early as 1996, appearing on the Bad Boy remix to 112's "Come See Me". He was then featured on several other Bad Boy releases including remixes to Faith Evans's "Love Like This" (1997) and Total's "What About Us" (1998), the single "24 Hours to Live" (1997) from Mase and albums by Puff Daddy & the Bad Boy Family (1997) and The Notorious B.I.G. (1999). He also made two appearances on Cru 1997 album ''Da Dirty 30'', as well as albums by Ol Dirty Bastard, Channel Live, The Madd Rapper, Benzino, Tony Touch, and others.
These guest appearances earned him a media buzz and he kept attention with the smash hit single "Whoa!". Following this, the album ''Life Story'' was released in 2000 and rose above Platinum sales. Despite subsequently appearing on releases by P. Diddy and G-Dep, he was unable to follow up with another hit single and seemingly fell into obscurity. His second album, ''The Black Rob Report'' failed to perform as strongly as his debut and quickly disappeared from the ''Billboard'' 100 charts.
Ross has a history of arrests spanning from his childhood to even after his record label signing and album release. This culminated in him recently being sentenced to seven years in prison in 2006 for failing to show up to court for his sentencing (which was to be 2 – 6 years initially) in a grand larceny charge from 2004, in which he was accused of robbing more than $6,000 worth of jewelry from a hotel room. He was released from prison in May 2010 and did an interview with BET two hours later.