PnB Rock was killed in a South Los Angeles shooting while getting robbed on Monday afternoon. The L.A. Times reported the news and the LAPD confirmed to Complex that a victim was fatally shot.
Born Rakim Hasheem Allen, the Philadelphia native was 30 years old. He leaves behind two young daughters.
The Times wrote that the shooting happened at 1:15 p.m. at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ’N Waffles as PnB Rock was “being robbed of his jewelry.” TMZ said law enforcement received a call about the incident at 1:23 p.m. and that graphic footage circulating online showed him “fighting for his life.” Police told media the victim was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:59 p.m.
“The victim was sitting at a table eating with a female witness when he was approached by the suspect,” Los Angeles Police Capt. Kelly Muniz says in one of the clips below, without naming PnB Rock. “The suspect then brandished a firearm and demanded his property. … The suspect then fired multiple rounds and then appears to remove some property, to what extent we don’t know at this time.”
The Times says Muniz also revealed the suspect “shot the victim and ran out the side door to a getaway car and then fled the parking lot.” A TMZ source indicated it “appears the shooter targeted PnB, because no one else was shot or assaulted.”
The artist’s girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang, with whom he shared 2-year-old daughter Xuri, reportedly posted and deleted that they were eating at Roscoe’s on her Instagram Stories. Sibounheuang co-starred in his “Need Somebody” music video (below) in April 2021, with PnB writing at the time, “Quarantine put me and bae relationship to the test...mainly my fuckups but we been thuggin’ it out and goin’ thru all this shit just make us stronger.”
PnB Rock released the studio albums Catch These Vibes in 2017 and Trapstar Turnt PopStar in 2019, both via Atlantic Records. He had a series of mixtapes dating back to 2014, including 2016’s Money, Hoes & Flows with Fetty Wap, and dropped his 2 Get You Thru the Rain EP last December, with the opener featuring Lil Baby and Young Thug. At the beginning of 2022 he reemerged with SoundCloud Daze, a collaborative project full of up-and-coming artists he selected. “I know what it’s like to be trying to get your music out there and for me it’s easy to tap in with the new wave and help them out,” he said of the release. “Their music is also fire so it’s a no brainer for me.”
Less than two weeks ago, PnB was proud to share “my first independent release since 2015,” the single “Luv Me Again.”
His biggest hit, “Selfish,” came in 2016 and was included on his GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions tape the next year, eventually getting certified triple platinum. Some of his high profile appearances in recent years included Meek Mill’s 2018 track “Dangerous” and, in 2019, Ed Sheeran’s “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and XXXTentacion’s “Bad Vibes Forever” featuring Trippie Redd.
TMZ says PnB relocated from Philadelphia to L.A. after signing his deal with Atlantic almost a decade ago. “His stage name refers to a street corner in the Philly neighborhood where he grew up, Pastorius and Baynton,” the outlet writes.
Shortly after news of Rock’s death was confirmed, per the Los Angeles Times, police said they were looking into the aforementioned post from the artist’s girlfriend that had tagged their location just before the shooting. Per the report, police are investigating into “whether that is what prompted the attack.”
Rest in peace.