Rakim Hasheem Allen (December 9, 1991 – September 12, 2022), better known by his stage name PnB Rock, was an American rapper and singer-songwriter.[5] He gained a large following in 2016 with his song "Selfish", which peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as his feature on the song "Cross Me" by Ed Sheeran, alongside Chance the Rapper. He also provided uncredited vocals on XXXTentacion's hit single "Changes", which reached the top 20 on the same chart.

PnB Rock
PnB Rock performing in 2016
PnB Rock performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameRakim Hasheem Allen[1]
Also known asPnB
Born(1991-12-09)December 9, 1991
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 2022(2022-09-12) (aged 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–2022
Labels
Children2[4]
Websitepnbrockofficial.com

He released two studio albums, Catch These Vibes (2017) and TrapStar Turnt PopStar (2019), the latter of which reached the top five on the Billboard 200 chart. PnB Rock was chosen as part of the 2017 XXL Freshman Class.

On September 12, 2022, PnB Rock was shot and killed at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles during a robbery in Los Angeles.

Early life

Rakim Hasheem Allen was born on December 9, 1991,[6][7] in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Muslim family.[8] Allen's father was murdered when he was three years old. He was primarily raised by his mother. In his teen years, he lived in Northeast Philadelphia.[9] He grew up listening to artists such as rapper 2Pac and R&B group Jodeci.[10][11] At the age of 13, Allen was sent to a youth detention program for committing robberies and fighting in school. When he turned 19, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison for drug possession and other crimes. Allen was homeless for a short period after being released from prison.[12] He never finished high school.[13] Allen later adopted the stage name PnB Rock, which paid homage to Pastorius and Baynton, a street corner near where he grew up in Germantown.[13]

Career

On June 24, 2014, PnB Rock released his debut mixtape, Real N*gga Bangaz. He wrote the mixtape while he was incarcerated.[11] In 2015, PnB Rock signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, and his first project under the label was the release of his third mixtape RnB3.[14] In June 2016, he released the single "Selfish", which peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[15] In October 2016, Rolling Stone included him in their list of "10 New Artists You Need to Know".[16]

On January 10, 2017, he released his second retail mixtape album, GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions, through Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution.[17] The album debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[18] Subsequently, in April 2017, he contributed to the soundtrack of The Fate of the Furious with two singles: "Gang Up" with Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Wiz Khalifa[19] and "Horses" with Kodak Black and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.[20] In June 2017, PnB Rock was named as one of the ten members of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class" along with A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Kyle, Aminé, MadeinTYO, Kamaiyah, Kap G, and XXXTentacion.[21]

His debut album TrapStar Turnt PopStar was released in May 2019.[22] PnB Rock and Chance the Rapper were featured on Ed Sheeran's song "Cross Me" from Sheeran's album No.6 Collaborations Project.[23] In January 2020, PnB Rock released the track "Ordinary" featuring late rapper Pop Smoke and in January 2021, he featured for the late rapper King Von, on a song titled "Rose Gold".[24] In February 2022, PnB Rock released the mixtape SoundCloud Daze which featured various artists including Pasto Flocco, Iayze and Yung Fazo.[25] He independently released "Luv Me Again" on September 2, 2022, which was the last single he released during his lifetime.[26]

Death

Killing of PnB Rock
DateSeptember 12, 2022; 4 months ago (2022-09-12)
1:59 p.m. (PST)
Attack type
Homicide by shooting, robbery
VictimRakim Hasheem Allen, a.k.a. PnB Rock, aged 30
MotiveUnder investigation
Accused
  • Unnamed 17-year old
  • Shauntel Trone
  • Freddie Lee Trone
Charges17-year old juvenile and Freddie Trone: Shauntel Trone:
Accessory to murder

On September 12, 2022, PnB Rock was robbed and fatally shot at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles near Main Street and Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles.[27] He saved his partner, with whom he had a two-year-old daughter, by throwing her under a table.[28]

On September 28, 2022, the LAPD confirmed that an unnamed 17-year old juvenile had been arrested in connection to the murder, and a 32-year old woman, Shauntel Trone, had been arrested for accessory to murder.[29] The following day, a third suspect was arrested: the 17-year old's father, Freddie Trone. The juvenile and Freddie Trone were charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.[30] If convicted of the murder charge, the juvenile faces up to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole, and Freddie Trone faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.[31]

Discography

Studio albums

See also

References

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  31. ^ "California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 187".

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