In South Los Angeles, a robbery kills the rapper PnB Rock.
Rakim Allen was a rapper from Philadelphia. Atlantic Records said that his death was a "senseless loss."
His lawyer confirmed that PnB Rock, a rapper from Philadelphia who was known for songs like "Fleek" and "Selfish," was killed Monday afternoon in what the police said was a robbery at a restaurant in South Los Angeles.
Rakim Allen's stage name was PnB Rock. His record company, Atlantic Records, called his death a "senseless loss."
In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, the company said that PnB Rock was more than just an artist. "Rakim Allen was a good friend to a lot of people. He was also a great father to two beautiful little girls.
Paul Lang, one of his lawyers, confirmed on Tuesday that the rapper was the person who was killed during a robbery at a restaurant. The shooting happened at 1:15 p.m., a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said early Tuesday. on Monday at the South Los Angeles address of Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles.
The spokeswoman said that a man entered the restaurant and asked the 30-year-old victim for his things. The police didn't know the name of the victim right away, but news outlets did so quickly. After the shooting, the suspect ran away, and the victim was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
A police spokeswoman said that a probe was being done into the shooting.
Mr. Lang didn't have anything else to say right away besides confirming that the artist had died.
In the past few years, there have been a number of break-ins and thefts that targeted actors, musicians, and athletes. Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Jackson, was killed in a home invasion in early 2020. Fans noticed that he had posted pictures on Instagram of a stack of cash and a gift bag label with his Los Angeles address the day before he was shot.
A little more than a week before he was killed, PnB Rock talked about being followed in Los Angeles and how he was being watched. In an interview with DJ Akademiks on YouTube, he said, "Where I'm from, we like sneaky criminals." "It's like they're brave in L.A."
PnB Rock was part of a wave of rappers who could switch between singing and rapping with ease. This was a big part of what made them popular and gave them their own sound.
In 2017, he told Paper Magazine, "It's like, what do you call yourself when you still have rap in your songs?" "No one can call me a rapper, but I don't think of myself as a singer either. I'm not going crazy and hitting crazy high notes. I can't sing like Chris Brown. I just got good melodies."
He said that Drake had inspired him to become a musician, and that he got a keyboard when he was 19 and in prison for "robbing, stealing, and drilling."
He said about Drake, "I've never heard anyone sing, rap, and make it smooth for the girls." "If I could only make one kind of music, it would be melodic songs," he said.
With the song "Fleek" in 2015, PnB Rock's career started to take off. Then came "Selfish," which reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
He worked with some of the most popular hip-hop artists, such as Lil Baby, City Girls, and XXXTentacion.
In late 2018, "Dangerous," a collaboration with Meek Mill and Jeremih that was one of his biggest hits, reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The next summer, PnB Rock and Chance the Rapper were both on Ed Sheeran's "Cross Me." That song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for a few weeks, reaching its highest position at No. 25.
The rapper's new song, "Luv Me Again," came out on Sept. 2.
PnB Rock said in a recent YouTube interview that he had never been robbed, even though it was common for rappers to be robbed. I would never do that. I'm not going to say never because I hate saying never."
The rapper said he wasn't superstitious, but he did stay out of sight while in Los Angeles on purpose. "Since my oldest brother died, I've been moving differently," he said, adding that he had been on the lookout.
"I done seen people die," he said. "Anybody can die."