The music community has suffered its latest tragedy with the murder of Hip-Hop star PnB Rock, who was gunned down during a robbery at a popular Los Angeles eatery on Monday (Sept. 12). News of the 30-year-old singer’s death began to circulate following rumors he had been shot during an incident at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles location in South Central, Los Angeles. Witnesses claim that PnB Rock was dining with his girlfriend at the time he was approached by armed men and shot multiple times before being relieved of his jewelry and Rolex watch. Local authorities would later confirm Rock’s death. No suspects have been arrested at this time.
A native of Philadelphia, PnB Rock embarked on a music career following various stints in juvenile and adult prison facilities and utilized his talent as a singer and songwriter to gain local fanfare. After the 2014 debut of his mixtape, Real Ni**a Bangaz, PnB Rock caught the attention of Atlantic Records, and the promising newcomer inked a record deal with the label in the following year. PnB Rock caught traction through standout releases from the second and third installments of his RNB series, such as his 2016 single “Selfish,” as well as collaborations alongside stars like Kodak Black, YFN Lucci, XXXTentacion, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
In 2017, PnB released his debut album, Catch These Vibes, which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and established himself as a rising star. He also released his fourth solo mixtape, GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions, which yielded his multiple hit singles, including “Selfish,” his first RIAA-certified single.
Continuing his career trajectory with 2019’s TrapStar Turnt PopStar, PnB Rock’s sophomore album marked his first Top 5 debut on a Billboard album chart. Other full-length projects from PnB Rock include his collaborative EP with Fetty Wap Money, Hoes & Flows, and his latest effort, 2021’s 2 Get You Thru the Rain EP. While his passing will undoubtedly leave a void, PnB Rock will be remembered for his melodic vocals, raw truths concerning matters of the heart, and being among the most personable artists of his era.
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 will help keep his name alive for years to come.