Rapper PnB Rock Shot Dead in South L.A.

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PnB Rock is a Philadelphia native who is best known for his 2016 breakout single “Selfish,” which peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Previously signed to Atlantic Records, Rock has been extremely vocal in celebrating his newfound independence and separation from the Warner Music Group label.

His first independent release arrived with “Luv Me Again,” which was just released on Sept. 2. 

Rock was originally from Philadelphia–the initials in his stage name reference Pastorius and Baynton, an intersection near where he grew up–but relocated to L.A. several years into his career

He began writing music in his late teens during a nearly three-year prison stint, and found success around 2015

He built a passionate fan base through a string of self-released mixtapes and singles on Soundcloud, eventually signing with Atlantic and putting out two studio albums and several mixtapes

Shortly before his death, he had recently become independent again and was releasing music through his own company, New Lane Entertainment, including his recent single, “Luv Me Again.”

Rock collaborated with artists across genres and scenes throughout his career. His biggest hits included tracks with trap rappers like YFN Lucci, stadium-filling pop stars like Ed Sheeran, and Gen Z

Rock’s death continues a disturbing trend of slain rap artists, including MCs like Trouble and JayDaYoungan in 2022. He is survived by two daughters.

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