(CNN) — The death of rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles this week has shocked the hip-hop community, but it has also brought up family conversations that have been going on for years.
The rapper was fatally shot while eating with his girlfriend at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles in what appears to be a robbery, according to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore. In particular, Moore said a photo of the couple’s meal had been posted on Instagram, with the location tagged.
PnB Rock isn’t the first rapper to die from gun violence, but his death adds to a trend that dates back to at least 2018. Every year since then, gun violence, whether from robbery or a brawl, has ended the life of at least one rapper who was already famous or soon to be famous in popular culture.
“The people around these rappers make a lot of money. It’s time to start really reminding them over and over again!!! At least try to put your foot down if you care! Tell them!” !! You’re not loved like you think you are!!! You’re prey!!!! In a world full of predators!!!! What doesn’t click?”, rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted after the death of PnB Rock.
His tweets and organic conversations between other artists and fans on social media speak to common themes in hip-hop: masculinity, safety, and managing fame.
“The amount of unreported robbery attempts affecting rappers is ridiculous… rappers don’t even talk about it because some think it’s embarrassing to admit or talk about it. Rappers are literally the targets of robbery attempts. full daylight”, tweeted this Monday the host of the podcast and entertainer DJ Akademiks.
pnb rock ya had talked to DJ Akademiks about an attempted robbery when he was with his girlfriend and her daughter. It appears that the rapper, originally from Philadelphia, had no security when he was at Roscoe’s on Monday.
Now he joins the list of rappers who were victims of gun violence. Here are other notable names of artists killed since 2018:
XXXTentacion was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, in an apparent robbery while leaving a motorsports store in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Four men were arrested that same year in connection with the rapper’s murder.
The 20-year-old was wildly popular at the time of his death. He rose to fame after his song “Look at Me” went viral on social media and SoundCloud in 2016.
He was then inducted into the 2017 Freshman Class of the XXL magazine alongside other up-and-coming artists. His album “?” premiered at number 1 at the time of its release in March 2018, according to Billboard.
The album’s single “Sad!” it reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks on the charts, according to Billboard.
Right after his death, “Sad!” went from number 52 to number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The song was the first posthumous number 1 by a solo artist since The Notorious BIG’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” in 1997. according to Billboard.
The rapper was not without controversy: he was accused of homophobia after recounting in a podcast that he had suffocated and severely beaten a cellmate he suspected of being gay when they were in a juvenile detention center. He was also awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant girlfriend.
2019: Nipsey Hussle
Nipsey Hussle, an award-winning hip-hop artist and philanthropist, was shot at least 10 times on March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles.
The rapper’s last message on Twitter read: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.” It was later discovered that a conversation about giving information to law enforcement preceded his fatal shooting, according to published grand jury testimony.
Authorities said Eric Holder fired the shots that killed Nipsey and wounded two other people. Holder, 29, previously pleaded not guilty in May 2019.
Although Nipsey had been well known on the underground circuit, he was gaining a following in the mainstream just before his death.
A year earlier, he launched Marathon Clothing’s first smart store on West Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. Nipsey also owned the marketing company The Marathon Agency, investment firm SC Commercial Ventures, and record labels Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records, according to Press Atlantic Records.
The 33-year-old artist was nominated for best rap album during the 2019 Grammys for the only studio album he released, “Victory Lap.” She lost to Cardi B.
Beyond his music and business dealings, Nipsey was once a member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips, but he spoke out against rappers who bragged about alleged gang affiliations to make a publicity stunt or look cool, not because he wished them any kind of praise. violence, but to remind them that for too many young people, joining a gang was a matter of survival.
New York rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a home invasion at a residence in Hollywood Hills, California on February 19, 2020.
Several people were arrested and released after the rapper’s death. Witnesses told investigators between two and six people broke into the home, one of them wearing a mask, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Steve Lurie said at the time.
Ultimately, five people were arrested in connection with the murder, two of whom were identified as minors.
The 20-year-old was enjoying the success of his second mixtape, “Meet the Woo 2,” the week before his murder. The project debuted in number 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Pop’s “Meet the Woo” tour was scheduled to kick off with a sold-out show in Washington on March 2, 2020.
His posthumous album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon”, was released in July 2020.
In a New York Times profile In 2019, the artist discussed his life before finding fame, describing his teenage years as “high risk, high reward.”
2020: King Von
Chicago rapper King Von was one of two people fatally shot on Nov. 6, 2020, during an early morning exchange of gunfire outside an Atlanta hookah lounge, authorities said. .
Two groups of men had been arguing in a parking lot around 3:30 a.m. and shots were fired, authorities said.
Four other people were injured by the gunshots, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the shooting because police officers also fired their weapons.
Timothy Leeks, 22, was arrested in connection with the rapper’s death. The Atlanta Police Homicide Unit had warrants out for Leeks for murder. Two other men were also arrested in connection with the shooting, according to CNN affiliate WXIA-TV.
A week before his death, Von had released his debut studio album, Welcome to O’Block. His second posthumous album, “What It Means to Be King”, was released on March 4, 2022 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. according to this post.
2021: Young Dolph
Memphis rapper Young Dolph was fatally shot while buying cookies on November 17, 2021.
The 36-year-old rapper was at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis when someone walked up and shot him, police said at the time.
Three men were arrested in connection with Dolph’s death. Authorities identified them as Justin Johnson, 23, Shondale Barnett, 27, and Cornelius Smith, 32.
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said tips from citizens were key to catching the suspects.
Dolph, a Chicago native who grew up in Memphis, released his debut album, “King of Memphis” in 2016.
He followed it up with hits including “Blue Diamonds” and “RNB” with Megan Thee Stallion. Her fifth studio album, 2020’s “Rich Slave,” peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2017, he was nearly killed in a Hollywood shooting. He spent weeks hospitalized after suffering three gunshot wounds.
Dolph told The Guardian in a 2018 interview that he was “not a person who lives in fear”.
Two children survive him.
–Amy Simonson, Leah Asmelash, Rebekah Riess, Steve Almasy, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Jamiel Lynch, Lisa Respers France, Christina Maxouris, Sara Sidner, and Hollie Silverman contributed reporting.