PnB Rock dead: the rapper killed at 30

A number of celebrities have spoken out about PnB Rock’s death, including Kodak Black, Nicki Minaj and KSI

American rapper PnB Rock, known for songs like Selfish, Fleek, MIDDLE CHILD, Gang Up and Horses, died after being shot in a restaurant in Los Angeles at the age of 30.

Rock had dined with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, who shared their location in a since-deleted post on Instagram ahead of the shoot.

That’s all you need to know.

Who was PnB Rock?

Rock, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, was an American rapper from Philadelphia.

He was born on December 9, 1991 and grew up with his mother and four siblings after his father was murdered as a child. At the age of 13, Rock was sent to a youth detention program for participating in school robberies and fights.

Later, when he was 19, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison for a number of charges, including drug possession. It was while in prison that he wrote what would become his first mixtape, titled Real N*gga Bangaz which was published in 2014.

PnB Rock attends the Radio Broadcast Center BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for BET)

Speaking about his time in jail, Rock said, “There were people up there singing in the yard. They were doing the same thing as me, but they were serious.

“There would be crowds around them and it was our entertainment, everyone loved it.”

His stage name, PnB Rock, refers to Pastorius and Baynton, a street corner near where he grew up in Philadelphia.

After releasing Real N*gga BangazRock signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2015, and after releasing a variety of mixtapes, released his hit single Self-centered in 2016.

PnB Rock attends the 31st Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ASCAP)

In 2017, Rock released GTTM: Review the movements and later that year it was featured in the eighth episode soundtrack of the Fast and Furious film franchise, The fate of the furiouswith two singles – Bring togetherwith fellow rappers Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, and Horses with Kodak Black and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

Rock has released two studio albums during his career – Catch those vibes in 2017 and TrapStar Turnt PopStar in 2019 – and collaborated with a number of other musicians, including on the Ed Sheeran song cross me.

Rock was the father of two daughters, born in 2013 and 2020.

What happened in LA?

Reportedly, Rock and his girlfriend were eating at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles on Monday (September 12) afternoon when the rapper was fatally shot during a robbery.

Police said authorities received a call about the shooting at 1:23 p.m. local time and upon arriving at the scene found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital.

In a since-deleted post, Rock’s girlfriend allegedly shared their location in a photo on Instagram before the shoot.

PnB Rock performs onstage during the Main Stage Performances at the 2017 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

LAPD Captain Kelly Muniz said: ‘What happened was that the victim, along with a female witness, were in this area eating at a restaurant when they were approached by at least one suspect, who brandished a gun and demanded property from the victim.

“The suspect then shot the victim multiple times, took property, and then drove off in a getaway car.”

Muniz said several shots were fired during the incident, but other people at the scene were not injured.

After being taken to hospital, the rapper was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m.

Do the police have any suspects?

As it stands, police say they are reviewing surveillance video to identify potential suspects, but no one has been arrested.

What happened to Pop Smoke?

Due to the circumstances surrounding Rock’s death, particularly the fact that his location was shared prior to filming, many have drawn similarities to rapper Pop Smoke’s death.

Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was murdered on February 19, 2020. He was renting an Airbnb in California when, around 4:30 a.m., five men with fists entered the property while Smoke was taking a shower.

American rapper Pop Smoke performs during Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

The incident happened after Smoke and his friend, Mike Dee, posted images on social media in which the full address of the house could be read on the packaging in the background.

Police arrived at the house six minutes after being alerted to the home invasion, where they found Smoke with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, but was pronounced dead hours later.

What did Kodak Black say?

Sibounheuang, Rock’s girlfriend, received backlash following the rapper’s death for sharing their location.

Rapper Kodak Black appeared to blame Sibounheuang specifically for Rock’s death on his Instagram Story.

Kodak Black attends the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week September 2022: The Shows on September 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

Black wrote: “Mannn I’ve been weak all day from a headache I had earlier so I’m just going to the news fr.

“Ion usually talks about deaths!” Go to funeral or nun kuz life goes on but smh PnB was my boy i was just with them last night!

“We’re talking about him coming back and busting his shit out again in this rap shit.

“That hoe might as well kill herself.”

Tributes to PnB Rock

Following news of his death, fans, friends and fellow rappers paid tribute to Rock on social media.

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