Rapper PNB Rock Has Died Following an Attempted Robbery
PnB Rock, a Philadelphia-based rapper best known for his hit singles “Fleek” and “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery in South Los Angeles Monday, authorities confirmed.
The rapper, whose genuine name was Rakim Hasheem Allen, was eating with his sweetheart at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles at 106 W. Manchester Rd. around 1 p.m. while the shooting happened, TMZ originally detailed.
The musician’s girlfriend posted a photo of her food at Roscoe’s and tagged the restaurant minutes before the attack, according to multiple reports.
In a video shared via web-based entertainment, an observer guarantees the burglary was connected with gems, a thought process the Los Angeles Times likewise detailed, as the unidentified shooter purportedly took the rapper’s all’s adornments prior to running away from the area.
Graphic video shared by TMZ showed Allen lying in a pool of blood inside the restaurant. He was pronounced dead around 2 p.m.
“It is an intense wrongdoing and unfortunately two individuals come to eat and partake in their feast, and they get burglarized while disparaging a café,” said Los Angeles Police Office Capt. Kelly Muniz.
In a statement posted to Instagram, the restaurant chain mourned the rapper’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Rakim Hasheem Allen, (also known as PnB Rock), an incredible artist in Los Angeles and everywhere,” the post said. “His passing represents an enormous loss to each and every one of us. Our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers go to the Allen family at this difficult time. The safety of our employees and guests are our utmost priority. We have and will continue to keep our place of business as safe as possible.”
No information has been released about the shooter.
The virtual entertainment part of PnB Rock’s killing has attracted correlations with the 2020 killing of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, who teamed up with PnB Rock on the tunes “Secondary lounge” and “Like Me.”
Pop Smoke is believed to have shared on social media the location of the Hollywood Hills home in which he was staying prior to the shooting that killed him.
“After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus,” Nicki Minaj posted on Twitter.
In the days before his death, PnB Rock had made clear he understood the dangers faced by rappers.
He talked about burglaries in Los Angeles with conspicuous hip-bounce digital broadcast have DJ Akademiks in an episode posted 10 days prior, where he uncovered a close to theft in L.A. at the point when he was with his sweetheart and youngster.
“I never got robbed. Never in my life. I ain’t gon’ say never because I don’t like saying never… I’m not superstitious or nothing like that… but I haven’t been robbed,” he said.
PnB Rock, who was named to the XXL Freshman Class of 2017, is best known for 2015’s “Fleek” and 2016’s “Selfish,” which reached No. 51 on the Billboard chart.
He also recorded the hits “Gang Up” with Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, and “Horses” with Kodak Black and “A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Multi-platinum singer and rapper PNB Rock was killed in Los Angeles on September 12 as the result of what is believed to have been a botched robbery attempt. The performer, conceived Rakim Allen, was 30, and had been eating at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles area with his better half. He abandons a tradition of easily smooth hit singles that demonstrated his simple order of the mic, as well as a set of experiences as a significant speck connector for current hip-jump.
Rock was originally from Philadelphia–the initials in his stage name reference Pastorius and Baynton, an intersection near where he grew up–but relocated to L.A. several years into his career. He began writing music in his late teens during a nearly three-year prison stint, and found success around 2015.He constructed an enthusiastic fan base through a line of self-delivered mixtapes and singles on Soundcloud, in the long run marking with Atlantic and putting out two studio collections and a few mixtapes. In practically no time before his passing, he had as of late become autonomous once more and was delivering music through his own organization, New Path Amusement, including his new single, “Luv Me Once more.”
Throughout his career, Rock was in demand as a collaborator, working with a wide range of artists across genres and scenes. His biggest hits included tracks with trap rappers like YFN Lucci, stadium-filling pop stars like Ed Sheeran, and Gen Z phenoms like XXXtentacion, and an unofficial but quietly superior remix of “Unforgettable.” Though Philadelphia was not a hub of rap’s Soundcloud scene, Rock deserves credit for helping the maverick underground music culture cross over to the mainstream thanks to his early adoption of the platform and the grassroots success of singles like “Selfish” and “Fleek.” While not a powerhouse vocalist like his friend and mentor Fetty Wap, Rock compensated with an uncommon earnestness in his ballads, and a hard-earned gratitude in his showier songs. His cooperative soul assisted local stars with tracking down crowds beyond the places where they grew up, and, surprisingly, as his profile developed, he tried remaining associated with rising craftsmen.
Rock had a strong connection with his fans that set him apart from his peers. In a 2019 Billboard interview, he spoke about receiving mail from a group of young girls while he was incarcerated, and how he made a point of keeping up with them as much as he could once he got out. “I used to stay there and read those things again and again. I recollect there was like a gathering of young ladies and they were like cousins and poop,” he said. “I actually fuck with them right up to the present day, yet they just got such a great deal more seasoned and I can’t simply be keeping however much we used to some time ago.”
His final studio album, 2019’s TrapStar Turnt Pop Star, saw Rock explore his more hard-edged hip-hop side and his softer melodic sensibility on a sprawling double album that proved to be a commercial success. His 2022 mixtape Soundcloud Daze was a nod to the platform he first called home, as he shared his spotlight with promising upstart talents as he had been doing for years.
Rock’s death continues a disturbing trend of slain rap artists, including MCs like Trouble and JayDaYoungan in 2022. He is survived by two daughters.