Authorities have verified that PnB Rock, a rapper from Philadelphia best known for his popular songs “Fleek” and “Selfish,” was tragically shot during a heist in South Los Angeles on Monday.
At Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles on 106 W, the rapper, whose real name was Rakim Hasheem Allen, was having dinner with his girlfriend. Around noon, Manchester Avenue. TMZ was the first to reveal when the incident took place.
Minutes before the incident, the musician’s girlfriend allegedly took a picture of her meal at Roscoe’s and tagged the eatery.
A witness claimed in a video posted to social media that the heist involved jewels; the Los Angeles Times also cited this as the reason for the crime, as the mystery shooter allegedly stole all of the rapper’s property before fleeing the scene.
Allen was seen in a graphic video posted by TMZ laying in a pool of blood inside the eatery. Around 2:00 pm, he was pronounced deceased.
No other patrons of the restaurant were hurt.
Capt. Kelly Muniz of the Los Angeles Police Department said, “It is a bold crime and it is unfortunate that two people come to eat and enjoy their meal and they are robbed while patronizing a restaurant.”
The restaurant company expressed its grief over the rapper’s passing in a statement uploaded to Instagram.
Rakim Hasheem Allen, popularly known as PnB Rock, was a phenomenal talent in Los Angeles and throughout the world, and his passing leaves us very devastated, the statement read. “His departure leaves each and every one of us with a great loss. Our deepest sympathies, best wishes, and prayers are with the Allen family during this trying time. Our top focus is ensuring the safety of all of our visitors and workers. We have kept our workplace as secure as we can and will do so in the future.
The shooter’s identity has remained a mystery.
PnB Rock and Pop Smoke worked together on the songs “Backseat” and “Like Me,” and Pop Smoke’s murder in 2020 has been compared to PnB Rock’s death due to the social media component of it.
Pop Smoke is thought to have posted the address of the Hollywood Hills residence he was living in before the shooting that claimed his life on social media.
There is no way that rappers or our loved ones could continue to post locations of their whereabouts after Pop Smoke. To display some fried chicken and waffles? It was a real pleasure working with him. sympathy to his mother and family. This makes me incredibly ill. Jesus” wrote Nicki Minaj in a tweet.
PnB Rock had made it apparent that he recognized the risks that rappers confront in the days preceding his death.
In an episode that was released ten days ago, he discussed robberies in Los Angeles with renowned hip-hop podcast host DJ Akademiks, revealing a near-robbery in the city. when his girlfriend and child were present.
“I was never robbed. not in my lifetime. I won’t say because I detest saying never, and I’m not superstitious or anything of the sort, but I haven’t been robbed, he added.
PnB Rock is most known for his songs “Fleek” from 2015 and “Selfish,” which peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard chart and was inducted into the XXL Freshman Class of 2017.
Along with Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Wiz Khalifa, he also collaborated on the songs “Gang Up” and “Horses” with Kodak Black and A Boogie with da Hoodie.