Kanye West, LL Cool J, Other Rap Acts Honor Robin Williams Following Actor's Passing
UPDATE: Kanye West and LL Cool J join Questlove, Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier, Immortal Technique and Mack Maine in sharing their memories and condolences following Robin Williams' passing.
Robin Williams, who acted in several critically acclaimed films throughout a storied career, died in his home Monday (August 11). He reportedly took his own life, according to CNN. He was 63.
Williams, who was battling severe depression lately, according to his media rep, Mara Buxbaum, was known for his work in Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society, among other projects.
Entertainment figures honored the Oscar winner following news of his death. Several Rap acts also shared memories and condolences via social media.
The Roots' Questlove, for instance, shared the following on Instagram:
"Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn't even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y'all think I do this false modesty/T Swift "gee shucks" thing to the hilt. But yeah sometimes when you put 20 hour days in you do think it's for naught and that it goes thankless. Grammy time is somewhat of a dark time simply because you just walk around asking yourself is it worth it or not: all the sweat and blood. I just felt like (despite winning grammy the year before) no one really cares all that much for us except for a select few. Especially in that environment I'm which people treat you like minions until they discover what you can do for them...if you're not a strong character you run the risk of letting it get to you. This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said "questlove.....black thought....rahzel....the roots from Philadelphia!!!! That's right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself "ain't no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography"....we laughed so hard. That NEVER happened to is before. Someone a legend acknowledged us and really knew who we were (his son put him on to us) man it was a small 2 min moment in real life but that meant the world to me at the time. Everytime I saw him afterwards he tried to top his trivia knowledge on all things Roots associated. Simply because he knew that meant everything to me. May his family find peace at this sad time. I will miss Robin Williams. #RIP.Follow"
Several other Rap acts also shared the following:
R.I.P. Robin Williams....thanks for the sharing your gift with us the times laughs and memories......LOVE— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) August 12, 2014
Damn, I remember meeting Robin Williams when I was a kid. He was cool as hell, he even spoke in Spanish to me! My condolences to the family.— IG: TechImmortal (@ImmortalTech) August 12, 2014
I truly love Robin Williams. Many humorous and loving adventures to you in the afterlife Robin.… http://t.co/0TafzwSY2r— EXILE (@ExileRadio) August 12, 2014
Just landed in NY 2 find out Robin Williams passed...An amazing comedian of my generation..1st saw him on the Richard Pryor show in the 70's— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) August 12, 2014
I love you Robin Williams!!! rip— EXILE (@ExileRadio) August 12, 2014
Hearing about robin williams death put in a bad mode....long live mrs doubtfire— KRACK CITY (@MRDIZASTER) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams was brilliant and dark and wonderfully multifaceted. I would do a whole thing about… http://t.co/C3vcUDezmm— Jean STFU Grae (@JeanGreasy) August 12, 2014
R.I.P. Robin Williams! If u grew up in the 70's & 80's you 1st knew him as Mork from Ork!... Thanks… http://t.co/grMHUhvtKK— Naughty by Nature (@naughtybynature) August 12, 2014
RIP to Robin Williams. I grew up on him, I've seen everything he's done. He's made me laugh a million times.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 12, 2014
Thanks for the years of feel good laughter. RIP Robin Williams.— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) August 12, 2014
RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS http://t.co/3Gfa2WFccl— Diddy (@iamdiddy) August 12, 2014
robin williams, rest in peace.— atmosphere (@atmosphere) August 12, 2014
R.I.P Robin Williams. Comedic genius that will be missed. http://t.co/6K1bsxvBLI— Dark Gable (@bigdaddykane) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams. Damn. RIP.— IG: ApathyDGZ (@ApathyDGZ) August 11, 2014
R.I.P. Robin Williams. One of my favorite actors and Comedians. Thanks for all the laughs throughout the years.— Corey Charron (@charronkotd) August 11, 2014
Ahhh man R.I.P Robin Williams......absolutely awful...— IG: RealDealPGH (@RealDealPGH) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams wasn't supposed to go out like that, That man was supposed to live forever. Had such a young spirit to the end— Curtiss King (@CurtissKing) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams Apparently Has Passed Away. Very Inspiring Human. He Will Be Missed.— Evidence. (@Evidence) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams #RIP— THURZ (@Thurzday) August 11, 2014
R.I.P. ROBIN WILLIAMS pic.twitter.com/73DvO8oE2Z— Lord Jamar (@lordjamar) August 11, 2014
Wow!!! RIP Robin Williams!! What a loss— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams?!?! Nooooooooo— Skillz (@SkillzVa) August 11, 2014
It's actually sinking in. I just tried to think of what movie to start with. You will be missed Robin.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 11, 2014
Really hurt over the Robin Williams news...I grew up on Mork and Mindy man...depression and mental illness is REAL #RIP— Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga) August 12, 2014
Rest in peace to one of the greats, Mr. Robin Williams.— Cypress Hill (@cypresshill) August 12, 2014
HipHopDX extends condolences to Robin Williams' fans, friends and family.
(August 12, 2014)
UPDATE: Kanye West and LL Cool J have also posted about Williams. LL Cool J appeared with Williams in the 1992 film Toys.
West and LL Cool J's social media tributes are below:
Thank you Robin for all of the joy you brought the world pic.twitter.com/c0YABjcLMo— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 13, 2014
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