In an appearance on Charlamagne’s show Hell of a Week, Fat Joe described rappers as “an endangered species” following the death of PnB Rock.

“The young brother was supporting Black owned businesses going to the Roscoe’s Chicken with his wife and kid, and so we get all these deflections of, ‘Oh but his wife posted the chicken. Oh he’s not supposed to wear jewelry.’ How about we not supposed to kill each other?” he said. Charlamagne said that he agreed, but unfortunately that’s not the reality of how it is.

“We shouldn’t kill each other, and so what should happen is… I used stick people up, I used to rob people,” he continued. “I’m not against him robbing him. You caught him, rob him. Why you got to kill him? … And that’s what bothers me. … Not only destroy that family but what about the other families that are sitting in Roscoe’s and they see somebody get their brains blown out in front of them. You destroy the whole village with one shot.”

As can be heard in the second clip, which is seen below, he declared rappers “an endangered species.” Many of them aren’t just facing the threat of violence in the community, but from authorities too. “We getting hit up by the police, hit up by the feds. And we getting hit up by our own for being in our hood trying to show love,” he continued. “It’s so dangerous to be a rapper these days, it’s hardest job out there right now. Because they coming out you either way, they trying to put you in jail or these your own people trying to kill you.”

PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles on Monday, Sept. 12. Nicki Minaj faced criticism after she criticized PnB Rock’s girlfriend, who posted the rapper’s location on Instagram prior to the shooting. She shot down the criticism and suggested that artists are viewed as “prey” within “a world full of predators.”