PnB Rock was shot and died earlier this week in Los Angeles, and Young Thug is the most recent artist to pay respect to him online
On Tuesday, September 13, the imprisoned rapper paid tribute to his “Eyes Open” partner on Twitter. “R.I.P. lil bruh. Love 5life,” said Thug in his message.
The first time the two rappers worked together was on the soundtrack song “Gang Up” from the film The Fate of the Furious: The Album, which also featured 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa.
On “Eyes Open,” they collaborated once more with Lil Baby, although the song’s release wasn’t quite seamless. Without Lil Baby’s vocals, the song was first recorded in 2019 and released online a year later. It wouldn’t have an official release until late 2021.
Monday’s heist inside Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles resulted in the shooting death of PnB Rock in broad daylight (September 12). Before the shooting, Rock’s girlfriend shared a location-tagged picture of their lunch date at the restaurant where he was dining using his true name, Rakim Allen.
Michel Moore, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, speculates that the attacker may have been led to the rapper’s location by the social media post.
“The target was expensive jewelry,” property that he had on his person Moore stated during a press conference on Tuesday, September 13. “We believe this senseless murder occurred following a posting on Instagram or social media.”
He added: “The posting of that may have led to these individuals learning where he was at and going there specifically with the intention of robbing him because he’s known in the social media circles as frequently possessing very expensive jewelry and property of great value.”
Following his terrible passing, several hip-hop artists paid their condolences to the “Selfish” rapper, including Drake, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and many more.
Not all of Young Thug’s tweets while being detained at the Fulton County Jail in anticipation of his January 2023 trial on federal racketeering accusations have been tributes.
Thug and Gunna’s attorney, Brian Steel, is reportedly disputing the prosecution’s assertion that the YSL leader has access to a phone, according to a report from 11 Alive News. Although Steel has stated that someone else is in charge of the tweets, the judge came to the conclusion that if Thug can get his message out, he can intimidate witnesses.
“[The Michael Phelps tweet] was a conversation that was recorded between [Young Thug] and a member of his close family, close friendships,” Steel stated during the hearing. “He asked the other person who’s in control of his Twitter account to send that, or the Instagram, maybe. That is not a reason to [restrict].”
He added: That was an innocent — that’s nothing bad. Asking somebody to tweet to Michael Phelps: ‘Can you swim 100 miles in the ocean?’ That has nothing to do with intimidation.”
The judge said in return: “Well, if I can communicate through a family member or somebody else, then I can communicate something else.”
FROM PRISON, YOUNG THUG PAYS HONOR TO PNB ROCK
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