The music community suffered its latest tragedy with the murder of hip-hop star PnB Rock, who was shot dead during a robbery at a popular Los Angeles restaurant on Monday (September 12). News of the 30-year-old singer’s death began circulating following rumors he was shot during an incident at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles establishment in South Central Los Angeles. Witnesses say PnB Rock was dining with his girlfriend when he was approached by gunmen and shot several times before being stripped of his jewelry and Rolex watch. Local authorities would later confirm Rock’s death. No suspects have been arrested at this time.
Philadelphia native PnB Rock embarked on a musical career after various stints in juvenile and adult correctional facilities and used his talent as a singer and songwriter to win in local marching bands. Following the debut of his mixtape in 2014, True Ni**a Bangaz, PnB Rock caught the eye of Atlantic Records, and the promising newcomer signed a recording contract with the label the following year. PnB Rock grabbed attention with remarkable releases of the second and third soundtracks GNI series, like his 2016 single “Selfish,” as well as collaborations with stars like Kodak Black, YFN Lucci, XXXTentacion, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
In 2017, PnB released their first album, Catch those vibes, which peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and established himself as a rising star. He also released his fourth solo mixtape, GTTM: Go through the motions, which produced his multiple hit singles, including “Selfish”, his first RIAA-certified single.
Continuing his career trajectory with the 2019s TrapStar Turnt PopStar, PnB Rock’s second album marked his first Top 5 debut on a Billboard album chart. Other full PnB Rock projects include his collaborative EP with Fetty Wap Money, hoes and flowsand his latest effort, 2021 2 Ride Through The Rain PE. While his passing will undoubtedly leave a void, PnB Rock will be remembered for his melodic vocals, his raw truths regarding matters of the heart, and for being among the most likable artists of his time.
In remembrance of his life and legacy, VIBE looks back on 15 of PnB Rock’s most memorable musical moments that showcase his greatness and help keep his name alive for years to come.