Rapper PnB Rock Shot Dead in Los Angeles, Tributes Pour in From Across Music Industry | Popgen Tech
UPDATED: Rapper PnB Rock was shot today in Los Angeles as a result of an attempted robbery. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital, the LA Times reported.
An explicit and graphic video is currently circulating online that allegedly shows Rock, whose real name is Rakim Allen, on the ground surrounded by a pool of blood.
The incident happened inside Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant located in South LA, as Allen was eating with his girlfriend. According to reports, law enforcement was called around 1:23 pm to respond to a shooting that resulted in life threatening injuries.
While many took to Twitter to send messages of hope to PnB Rock, some also speculated that the shooter was aware of the rapper’s location because his girlfriend posted — and tagged Roscoe — on her story on Instagram. One source quoted by TMZ claimed that the shooter took all of PnB Rock’s jewelry before fleeing the scene.
Influential hip-hop podcaster Akademiks tweeted, “Look.. this PNB Rock situation crazy. I just did an interview with him a week ago where he detailed how someone tried to rob him in LA recently while he was out with his girlfriend and daughter. Now.. this.. smh. Pray for PNB Rock.”
PnB Rock is a Philadelphia native who is best known for his 2016 breakout single “Selfish,” which peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Previously signed to Atlantic Records, Rock has been extremely vocal in celebrating his newfound independence and separation from the Warner Music Group label. His first independent release came with “Luv Me Again”, which was just released on September 2nd.
The LAPD issued a public statement at 4 pm local time referring to a “shooting investigation” involving a Black male victim on W. Manchester Ave. They later confirmed a homicide at the scene.
Following the news of PnB Rock’s death, condolences poured in on social media from across the music industry. Read some of those tribes below.
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