Nicki Minaj has delivered an impassioned plea to her rap peers and their entourages following the tragic death of PnB Rock.
The 30-year-old Philadelphia native was shot and killed during a robbery at the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in Inglewood, California on Monday afternoon (September 12).
According to police, Rock (real name Rakim Allen) was at the restaurant with his girlfriend when a suspect approached them and demanded jewelry. After a verbal exchange, the suspect fired multiple shots at the rapper and fled in a getaway vehicle.
The “Fleek” hitmaker was rushed to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1:29 p.m. local time, leaving behind a girlfriend and two daughters.
Following his death, Nicki Minaj was among the horde of Hip Hop stars who mourned PnB Rock’s passing on Twitter, calling her “Fendi” collaborator a “pleasure to work with.”
However, the Queens, New York native also questioned his girlfriend’s decision to share a location-tagged photo of their Roscoe’s date on her Instagram Stories prior to the shooting.
“After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????!” she began. “He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus. #SIP #PnbRock.”
From there, Nicki pleaded with her fellow Hip Hop artists to “educate” those in their inner circle about the dangers of posting their whereabouts on social media, which she warned could lead to them being targeted by violent criminals.
“The ppl around these rappers gain so much. It’s time to start really reminding them over & over!!!” she added. “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’s not clicking???!!!
“As a RAPPER & as a MOTHER. I know 1st hand how these guys feel coming from the streets then being able to provide for their moms. My heart is hurting for the MOTHERS OF THESE KIDS that tried to make something better of their lives!!! LETS EDUCATE ASAP!!!”
She continued: “It’s never the wrong time! If it saves ONE YOUNG RAPPER!!!! JUST ONE!!!!! THEN WE’VE DONE OUR JOBS!!!!! I spoke on losing our own @ the VMAS!!!! Enough is enough!!!! MY GOD. IDGAF about no fkng hate tweets!!!! Go fuck y’all dumb fkng selves!!!!!”
“Y’all r not the ones that be bawling crying after you just worked with or just spoke to ONE OF YOUR OWN!!!!! I BELONG TO THIS SHIT. IMA FKNG SPEAK ON IT!!!! If it gets attention from y’all being ignorant than so be it!!! At least it’ll save lives. FOH.”
PnB Rock’s death adds to an alarming trend of rappers succumbing to violence in recent years, following the murders of Nipsey Hussle, Young Dolph, Trouble, King Von, Drakeo The Ruler and others.
Pop Smoke, who Nicki Minaj mentioned in her tweets, was fatally shot during a botched home invasion at his rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills on February 19, 2020. The day before, the Brooklyn rapper had inadvertently revealed his address while flaunting an Amiri bag on Instagram.
LAPD detectives later discovered the group of teens behind his killing hatched a plan to rob Pop Smoke of his jewelry after seeing his Instagram post, with one of the assailants searching the address online before the shooting.
PnB Rock’s killer, meanwhile, remains at large, although the LAPD are hoping surveillance footage from inside the restaurant where he was killed will help them identify those responsible.