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RIP: Hip-Hop Community Mourns Death of John Singleton, of Movies “Boyz N the Hood,” “Hustle & Flow”; Dies at 51

Celebrities and the hip hop community alike are mourning the death of John Singleton, known for many movies but best known as the director of movie “Boyz N the Hood” and producer of Memphis movie “Hustle & Flow”.

Celebrities and the hip-hop community alike are mourning the death of film director and producer John Singleton, best known for directing the movie Boyz n the Hood (1991), just one of his many successful movies during his film career, which included being a producer of the Memphis movie Hustle & Flow, directed by Craig Brewer.

Singleton, 51, was reportedly checked into a hospital after experiencing weakness in his legs following returning to the US from a trip to Costa Rica.

Singleton was reportedly suffering a stroke and was placed under intensive care following the stroke on April 17, 2019, which led to many complications afterwards.

Following being placed under intensive care on April 17, Singleton allegedly fell into a coma on April 25, even though his daughter reportedly believed otherwise.

Reports claim Singleton’s daughter Cleopatra Singleton, 19, disputed the coma report claiming that doctors did not “have a concrete diagnosis.”

Singleton would eventually be taken off life support and died on April 29, 2019.

Ever since the announcement of the Los Angeles, California native’s death, the hip hop community has been reacting over social media.

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John Singleton was my big brother, my mentor, my friend. I looked up to him. I was in awe of him. I tried to be brave like he was during a time in my life when I was filled with fear and uncertainty. He put up his own money to make my movie when everyone in Hollywood shut their doors. John believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself. Everything I am, everything I have achieved in my creative career, I owe to John. Whenever there's been a problem on set or a hassle with production, I could always hear John's voice in my head saying, "Hey man, it's cool. This is what we do." And then I could get through it. I loved this man. He was my big brother. He was my hero. And I am so grateful for the life he lived, for the films he made, and for the strength and inspiration he has given me. This is what we do. Godspeed, Boss.

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This is me & @johnsingleton on text in 2017 talking about doing a three six mafia biopic If this would had happened we would have won another Oscar for Best Picture @johnsingleton is a genius he knew the culture he helped us all , rappers actors actress producers & directors it didn’t matter if you where rich , broke , a celebrity, race or religion he gave everybody a chance I’ll never forget all the great times we had filming the movie hustle & flow in Memphis TN I’m soaking in tears right now this is heavy I just saw on tmz that John is gonna be taken off life support today I’m lost for words we was just texting a month ago about hanging with our family’s on your boat I didn’t wanna have to type this R.I.P. @johnsingleton I love you you will be missed but never forgotten prayers up for his family 🙏🏿

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Laying in bed, I’m confused my soul feels drained.. For the last 2 days I was in the presence of my HERO a man who literally changed my life and my families life forever.. Of ALL the people in the world he decided to believe in me?.. a young impressionable ghetto little black boy from Watts who had hopes and dreams praying everyday that God would figure out a way to get me out of the hood and see some s--t… Like many of my nighas I grew up with I just didn’t wanna end up in jail, or dead.. I woke up after crying myself to sleep with a heavy heart, Yesterday I took a shower and while standing there.. Just started balling crying I got out of the shower and went back to lay down and the tears wouldn’t stop, I told my wife these exact words.. “Baby I know today is my last day in town and we made family plans but I need to get back to John and pray over him. I feel like tomorrow or next week might not be promised, I’m leaving to go back to London and I got this feeling deep in my chest, my heart is fluttering… And although I have complete faith in God and his miracles I feel like he might not be here when I get back”. Without even blinking my wife said ok let’s go. I went to see John and I as soon as I stepped off the elevator I was greeted and in the presence of SO much of John’s history. So many beautiful and warm souls people who I’ve known and grew to love over the last 27 years of knowing John we all went into every emotion imaginable, we cried, we were there reminiscing, laughing and storytelling. One things for sure, every story that was told all went back to us all saying JOHN built a TRIBE, a fraternity of lifetime of friends, colleagues and loyalty. And we all echoed HE PUT US ON!! Everyone that was in that room yesterday has known John all the way back to his first movie Boyz In The Hood to now.. I think we all felt like we needed to spend as much time as we could cause Ive learned after losing Paul and countless others.. it’s arrogant to think or believe that next seconds of life or next week is promised. I can’t believe I’m write these words….. Rest in Love, Rest in Power Rest in Gods glory… Your Baby Boy aka Baby Brother aka Jody for life!!

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This is where it all started. The Genesis – The Genius – The Genre Maker/Star Maker (Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson, Lawrence Fishburne, Regina King,Nia Long, Angela Basset, Cuba Gooding, Jr. – in no particular order as these are all great actors/actresses). John Singleton gave me a chance. When I left the audition for "Boyz N' The Hood" as he shook my hand, he gave me a stronger grip than normal and looked me in the eye. I felt he was basically giving me a signal that I had the job without telling me. From there, there was no comprehension of the massive chain of events that was about to follow. People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by Boyz ‘N The Hood. The magnitude and world-wide impact that his ground-breaking film would have for society cannot be measured. Helping to bring awareness of what it takes to come to maturity as a black male in the 'Hood, or die trying… Helping to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced. Dealing with challenges and adversity in life and in general. From that lesson, for anyone who watches Boyz N’ The Hood, we are able to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we are able to grow, evolve and gain a deeper love and understanding of our humanity. John Singleton, thank you for your vision. Thank you for holding my hand a little stronger. Thank you for connecting with me and thank you for connecting me to history. Thank you for connecting and transcending generations, nationalities, nations, races, communities, societies. Thank you, John Singleton, for connecting us all. #RIP #JohnSingleton

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