PnB Rock, Philly rapper, killed in Los Angeles shooting
The 30-year-old artist is the latest rapper to become a victim of the gun violence plaguing the nation.
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Rapper PnB Rock has died after reportedly being shot while dining with his girlfriend at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.
According to the LA Times, the fatal shooting took place during a robbery, in which the suspect demanded items from the rapper, specifically targeting his jewelry.
“He shot the victim and ran out the side door to a getaway car and then fled the parking lot,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz.
He was shot multiple times before being transported to a local hospital, where he later died at just 30 years old.
Rock, whose real name is Rakim Hasheem Allen, was born and raised in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
A singer, rapper and songwriter, he adopted his stage name as an homage to the street corner near where he grew up, Pastorious and Baynton Streets.
As an up-and-coming artist in 2014, he released a track titled, “My City Needs Something,” in response to the crime and violence surrounding the city of Philadelphia.
In 2015, Rock signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, reaching national prominence with his breakout hit single, “Fleek,” followed by “Selfish” the following year, which would reach number 51 on the Billboard chart.
Rock was named to XXL’s Freshman Class in 2017, and released his debut album “Catch These Vibes,” the same year. His second album, “TrapStar Turnt PopStar” was released in 2019.
After confirmation of his death, XXL wrote a statement about Rock that read, in part, “His passing represents an enormous loss to each and every one of us.”
Over the years, Rock had collaborated with a number of artists including names such as 2 Chainz, Quavo, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, Pop Smoke, Chance the Rapper, and many others.
His latest song, “Luv Me Again,” was released just over a week before his death on September 2.
Rock is survived by his girlfriend, and two daughters. No arrests have been made at the time of this writing.
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