Rapper PnB Rock shot dead in Los Angeles restaurant robbery

PnB Rock, the Philadelphia rapper best known for his 2016 hit “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, sources said. police sources to the Times.

Los Angeles Police Captain Kelly Muniz said a shooting took place at 1:15 p.m. at the famous restaurant on Main Street and Manchester Avenue. She did not identify the victim.

Rock, 30, whose real name was Rakim Allen, was at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who posted a geotagged photo in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Muniz said a suspect brandished a gun inside the restaurant and demanded items from the victim. Sources told The Times that Rock was targeted for his jewelry.

The victim was shot almost immediately by the assailant during the robbery, Muniz said.

“He shot the victim and fled through the side door of a getaway car, then fled the parking lot,” she said.

Muniz said the victim was taken to hospital and pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m.

According to a law enforcement source, Los Angeles Police Department investigators are reviewing security video from inside the restaurant to identify the shooter. They are also checking surrounding businesses to see if security systems have captured footage of the suspect leaving on foot or in a vehicle.

Investigators were processing the evidence Monday evening, Muniz said. She declined to comment on what was recovered.

Rock was born on December 9, 1991 in Philadelphia. He told Paper Magazine he was inspired to make music at 19 after hearing Drake’s decade-defining album, “Take Care.”

Rock’s ability to blend melodies with its rap makes it a natural candidate for the next evolution of hip-hop. He rose to national prominence with the 2015 single “Fleek,” which went viral Vine video into an anthem for women sprucing up their looks across the country. He then collaborated with a host of artists, including Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper on “Cross Me.”

One of his biggest moments came alongside Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci, when the two joined forces in 2016 for the hit anthem “Everyday We Lit.” The song peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest-charting song for either artist.

“It’s like, how do you label yourself, when you’re still infusing rap into your s—?” he told Paper Magazine in 2017. “People can’t say I’m a rapper, but I don’t feel like a singer either. I don’t hit super high marks and I don’t go crazy. I can’t give you Chris Brown’s vocals. I just have good melodies.

“Selfish” reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rock released his latest song, “Luv Me Again,” on September 2.

Rock’s death comes as authorities say they are dealing with a growing trend of ‘home tracking’ robberies and other violent incidents.

In February 2020, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills.

Authorities believe social media posts, including one of a black gift bag tagged with her address, led the attackers to her location.

The LAPD’s Southeast Community Police Station, which covers the area where Monday’s shooting took place, has recorded 34 homicides this year through Sept. 3, up from 35 during the same period last year.

The statistics also noted a 25.2% increase in robberies during this period, from 373 to 467.

Rock spoke about previous robbery attempts in Los Angeles during an episode from September 2 from the “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks” podcast.

The rapper said he was out with his girlfriend and daughter on Fairfax Avenue “in the middle of the pandemic” when people tried to rob him.

“Where I’m from, we like sneaky criminals,” Rock said. “IN LA…they’re bold.”

Rock and the host talked about how thefts targeting rappers seemed to be becoming more common.

“I’ve never been robbed, never in my life,” Rock said. “I will never say because I don’t like to say never. I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed.

“That’s why I feel like LA is scary, man,” Akademiks said. “It’s so daring. I see crazy videos, like they don’t even do it at night. Like at night maybe, but in broad daylight, that’s when they really do it.

Rock said that after his older brother’s death, he changed – becoming more nervous and aware of how deadly a situation could suddenly become.

“It was just something inside me that let me know, like this is real life,” Rock said. “I have seen people die before. I met people who died…. Anyone can die.”

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