Hip-Hop Responds to the Death of Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory
The world lost a real one Saturday (Aug. 19), as activist and comedian, Dick Gregory passed away at the age of 84.
The witty, unapologetic comedian broke barriers in the 1960s, performing in white clubs when that was nearly unheard of. He would go on to appear on television, record successful comedy albums and inspire a legion of Black comedians who followed in his footsteps. He was also a man of the people, and was involved in the Civil Rights movement.
His son Christian Gregory confirmed the passing on social media. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love, and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” Gregory said. “More details will be released over the next few days.”
Members of the hip-hop community have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the late legend. T.I. posted a picture of himself and Gregory on Instagram along with the caption, “That time the legendary Dick Gregory came to my Birthday dinner to wish me blessings,strength,& lay some wisdom on me at the same time. Can’t thank you enough King. RIP🙏🏽.”
Killer Mike remembers the time he met Gregory fondly. “My wife @shaybigga and I asked you when we 1st met u at an event @fahamupecou booked both us for to give us some marriage advice,” he captioned a picture of him and his wife posing with Gregory. “Your advice ‘Turn the TV off and go outside hold hands and look at a tree’. We still do it and it still works. This was the night I interviewed you and shay told you if you said the word ‘Bitch’ again she wud push u down lol…. u asked her was she one and she said ‘No’ and u responded ‘what u getting up set foe den?’ Mannnnnnn we love you Ba Ba Gregory and our marriage is better for having known u. Thank U. Location #TheSWAGshop on Edgewood.”
My wife @shaybigga and I asked you when we 1st met u at an event @fahamupecou booked both us for to give us some marriage advice. Your advice "Turn the TV off and go outside hold hands and look at a tree". We still do it and it still works. This was the night I interviewed you and shay told you if you said the word "Bitch" again she wud push u down lol…. u asked her was she one and she said "No" and u responded "what u getting up set foe den"? Mannnnnnn we love you Ba Ba Gregory and our marriage is better for having known u. Thank U. Location #TheSWAGshop on Edgewood
I watched House Party & called Kool-Aid #DickGregory for years before I tapped in to the wisdom Big Homie was kickin'… His YouTube rants got my nose back in some books & got me hip to the notion that I might get knocked off for trying to be a leader. It's happening too, right now. I'm extra sad because I really wanted to meet him & be in the midst, and I had a chance to. My bro @o_4 booked him @thebasementeast and I had to go get a bag elsewhere smh… Big ole lesson on some #CarpeDiem shit.. I'm an advocate for sending ya ppl their flowers while they can smell em.. Holmes said "Michael Jordan is broke" (& I believe him lol) #Legend #Enlightened #SpiritAnimal #RIP #GrindHard