The Hip Hop World loses a Tupac Shakur Historian and founder of Thug Life Army

December 13, 2017

Robert “RB” Riddle, the founder of Thug Life Army, the most popular website on all things Tupac Shakur, passed away on October 20, 2017 at the age of 64. It’s hard to imagine how a Caucasian man born in Cincinnati, Ohio who left his home state as a hippie to live in a cabin in the woods in Kentucky and becoming a Mennonite for many years would become the foremost authority on Tupac Shakur and his music. 

While a Mennonite he lived with no telephone, televisions, or radios for many years. He eventually moved back to Ohio, where probably through his daughter’s computer, he discovered Tupac Shakur. Something in Tupac’s message connected with Riddle in a profound way so he put most of his time and energy from then on into keeping Tupac’s ideas and legacy alive. He also teamed up with's studio (B) as its program director later developing Thug Life Army radio which spread the Gospel of Tupac Shakur to an even larger audience. 

"Anyone that knew Robert held him in very high esteem for his relentless dedication to helping unsigned artist get a break. This was his objective all along. He will be missed greatly as he served as a mentor to many including myself. - Frank M. Miranda President/CEO 

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