Rap Acts Honor Robin Williams Following Actor's Passing
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
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
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
RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS http://t.co/3Gfa2WFccl— Diddy (@iamdiddy) August 12, 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
RapGodFathers extends condolences to Robin Williams' fans, friends and family. RIP