Gun Violence And Hip Hop: The Tragedy Of PnB Rock And Others

Rakim Hasheem Allen, better known by his stage name PnB Rock, was shot and killed after an attempted robbery.

ENTERTAINMENT | On September 12th, 2022, PnB Rock was murdered at approximately 1:15 pm inside Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles, California, during a botched Robbery. It is speculated that PnB Rock’s killer was tipped off about the artist’s location after seeing a post online from PnB’s girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang. These claims, however, are not substantiated. 

The tragedy of PnB’s death by gun violence is sadly a common theme within the artist’s family, losing his father, uncle, and one of his brothers to gun violence early in his life. The Philadelphia native was no stranger to the danger of gang wars and the devastation they bring. PnB was 30 years old and is survived by his 2-year-old and 8-year-old daughters. PnB’s killer is still at large.

Unfortunately, this cycle of death in young rappers and other hip-hop artists is a fairly common occurrence. Notable examples are Jahseh Onfroy (XXXTentacion) and Pop Smoke (Bashar Jackson), who were both murdered at the age of only 20. These young men all share the traits of successful young artists who fell victim to robbery turned to homicide, a fate that many other rappers share, thus creating an ominous pattern among artists in the hip-hop space. The fear of such events occurring has created an unspoken rule within the industry barring artists from sharing their location on media spaces prior to vacating that area.

PnB Rock’s death is the most recent of a long line of tragedies with many answers yet to be fully uncovered.