Rapper PnB Rock shot and killed at Los Angeles restaurant
Rapper PnB Rock, best known for his 2016 hit song "Selfish," died Monday after being shot during a robbery at a Los Angeles restaurant. He was 30.
The rapper's music label Atlantic Records confirmed his death in a statement on Instagram.
"PnB Rock was more than an artist. To many, Rakim Allen was a great friend. He was also a wonderful father to two beautiful little girls," the label wrote Tuesday. "This news is heavy on our hearts and we are all hurting over this senseless loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz tells USA TODAY that officers responded to a robbery Monday afternoon at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles. The suspect approached the rapper while he was seated at the table and demanded items from him before shooting him "multiple times" and fleeing. The victim was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead just before 2 p.m. local time.
The Philadelphia rapper, born Rakim Hasheem Allen – also known as Grundle as well as PnB Rock – released his first mixtape in 2014.
A year later, he dropped his debut single, "Fleek," followed by "Selfish," which reached No. 16 on the Billboard rap chart and sold more than 3 million copies.
Throughout his career, Rock collaborated with an assortment of marquee rappers, including 2 Chainz, Russ, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj and, most recently, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd on 2021’s “Forever Never.”
Rock’s burgeoning career was celebrated in 2017 when he was tapped as part of XXL magazine’s popular Freshman Class issue.
His potential was realized on his two studio albums, his 2017 "Catch These Vibes," and 2019’s "TrapStar Turnt PopStar," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard rap chart and, signifying breakthrough mainstream success, No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The release featured guest appearance from Migos’ Quavo, Diplo and Tory Lanez, while a subsequent deluxe version offered features from Lil Wayne and Roddy Ricch.
Rock and partner Stephanie Sibounheuang spent their Sunday attending a wedding together, according to posts on their Instagram stories. He is survived by their 2-year-old daughter, Zuri, as well as daughter Milan from a previous relationship.