ESPN has announced that its longtime anchor, Stuart Scott, has lost his battle with cancer.
The 49-year-old North Carolina native, died Sunday morning in a Hartford-area hospital.
His Hip Hop influence was undeniable.
Scott’s signature, animated phrases: “Boo-Yah!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow,” among others, revolutionized sportscasting at the network.
In an interview with XXL last July, Scott explained how Hip Hop music was an important part of his life.
“I like infusing [hip-hop] into what I do, because it’s part of who I am,” he said at the time. “You’ve got to be true to who you are and what you do. I’m more of a hip-hop feel person. Music is how you feel. The younger the mind, that’s how I wanna be. One of the reasons why I do my job the way I do it is because I want to let people know it does not have to be the way society says it has to be.”
Scott has also been mentioned multiple times in Rap lyrics and has even appeared in a few music videos, most notably, Luther Campbell’s “Raise the Roof” and LL Cool J’s “Shut em Down.”
Today (January 4), the Hip Hop community remembered Scott via social media. Check out their condolences below:
1 of a kind. U will be missed forever
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 4, 2015
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 4, 2015
Stu Scott's passing hit me like a ton of bricks. Rest in PEace bro you pioneered that coolest side of that sportscasting pillow. #StuSalute
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 4, 2015
I just received the news of Stuart Scott passing, so sad. I truly admired the way he incorporated Hip Hop songs in sports coverage. RIP
— Dark Gable (@bigdaddykane) January 4, 2015
Rest in peace Stuart Scott. You will be missed. http://t.co/YZJ9z9UXzT
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott. A Fighter and Legend, prayers to his family.
— Young Jeezy (@Jeezy) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott.
— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusicGrp) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott added Hiphop flavor to mainstream american without buffoonery!!
— Young Guru (@Young_Guru) January 4, 2015
R.I.P. STUART SCOTT MY MAN YOU WILL BE MISSED……
— BIZ MARKIE (@BizMarkie) January 4, 2015
Damn!! Stuart Scott passed away,R.I.P
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) January 4, 2015
Rest in Power to The Legend Stuart Scott.
— BAM BAM (@ActionBronson) January 4, 2015
RIP STUART SCOTT
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) January 4, 2015
— Ludacris (@Ludacris) January 4, 2015
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) January 4, 2015
— DJ CLUE (@DJCLUE) January 4, 2015
— Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) January 4, 2015