Floods of hip-hop artists have paid tribute to the iconic ‘Queen Of Rock and Roll’ Tina Turner, following the recent news of her death. The announcement of the 83-year-old singer shocked fans, and droves of pop culture figures have since taken to social media to pay homage to the late singer. The ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ star was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and, after a long illness, recently passed away peacefully in her Zurich home.
Following this shocking news, floods of hip-hop artists have come out to pay tribute to the rapper and her legacy. ‘Day ‘n’ Nite’ singer and rapper Kid Cudi was among the first emcees to weigh in. Taking to Twitter, the musician wrote: “RIP Tina. She was my mom’s hero, she was the ultimate superhero to me too.” Bronx artist Fat Joe was next to honour the late singer, sharing an image on Instagram and captioning the post: “She doesn’t clear her music!!!! Wait, who’s it for ‘FATJOE??? Absolutely she loves him!! Thank you for all the inspiration. We love you RIP, Legend.” The post referenced his track ‘Attention which includes a Tina Turner sample.
The respected ‘Work It’ rapper Missy Elliot even entered the fold, simply reposting an obituary article on Twitter with crying face, heartbreak and praying hands emojis. Tina Turner was a highly influential cultural figure, with her career spanning over seven decades. The award-winning vocalist received over nine Grammy’s and secured six Billboard Hot 100 hits, including the chart-topping 1984 anthem, ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It.’
The revered singer’s life was chronicled in a 1993 biopic starring actress Angela Bassett. Since 2018 her career has also been showcased in the jukebox musical Tina. Other stars have also spoken out on Turner’s recent passing, including Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John, Diana Ross, Bette Midler and Giorgio Armani. In the publicly released statement that the vocalist had passed, Turner’s manager of 30 years, Roger Davies, described her as “a unique and remarkable force of nature with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent” and said he would miss her deeply The singer will be missed by many.