Rapper PnB Rock was murdered Monday afternoon inside the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant at 106 W. Manchester Ave., joining a list of other recently slain rappers.
His assailant targeted him after his girlfriend broadcasted his location in a geotagged Instagram story she posted while eating around 1:00 pm at the restaurant, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.
He “was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, [he] was brutally attacked by an individual who apparently [came] to the location after a social media posting,” Moore said.
According to Moore, the rapper was shot at 1:15 by an armed robber who demanded jewelry and money. Rock died at 1:59.
“It’s unfortunate that celebrities and artists can’t lead normal lives,” said Lianna Treitler, a senior psychology major, who says she liked his music. “When any big artist passes, listeners are affected.”
According to the LAPD, the gunman pressed Rock to hand over his chain and watch with the firearm in hand. Rock refused to give up his property.
Rakim Hasheem Allen, also known as PnB Rock, was born on Dec 9, 1991, and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His unique style of music combined harmonic melodies with rap flows.
Rock’s 2015 debut single “Fleek” propelled him into stardom. His song “Selfish” charted at No. 51 on Billboard Hot 100 and became his first platinum-selling single.
Several rappers have been gunned down after sharing their locations via social media. Rapper Pop Smoke was killed in a home invasion in 2020 after an Instagram post showed the address on a receipt from where he had been shopping. Rapper/singer XXXtentacion was assassinated in an armed robbery after he was targeted and followed by two gunmen.
Allen is survived by his two daughters.