The death of rapper PnB Rock during a robbery at a Los Angeles restaurant has prompted Nicki Minaj to speak out about the dangers of posting locations on social media.
The 30-year-old musician, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, died on Monday afternoon after being shot “a number of occasions” while visiting the Manchester Boulevard branch of Roscoe’s Rooster & Waffles, according to the Los Angeles Police Division.
On February 9, 2020, rapper PnB Rock is pictured inset in New York Metropolis. Following the rapper’s death, Minaj has spoken out about the dangers of posting areas on social media.
According to Equifax, the credit-reference company, there is a rising risk that some geolocation tags may now list the precise handle of your location, and anyone who can view your social media posts may discover you in a particular person. A number of well-known rappers have recently been killed in public.
According to police, PnB Rock was shot around 1:15 p.m. native time before being rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m. “The sufferer was consuming at a desk when he was approached by one suspect,” stated LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
The armed “suspect demanded gadgets” from PnB Rock earlier than firing a number of pictures. The suspect “eliminated some gadgets from the sufferer, entered a ready automobile, and fled the scene.” According to eyewitnesses, the rapper appeared to be focused on his jewelry, according to Rolling Stone.
As news spread of PnB Rock’s death, a number of social media posts shared screenshots of a since-deleted Instagram image posted by the “Selfish” hitmaker’s girlfriend, who had geotagged their location at the eatery.
Minaj, who collaborated with the late rapper on the track “Fendi,” alluded to Pop Smoke’s murder in 2020 while discussing the dangers of sharing addresses and locations online. Pop Smoke was fatally shot at a Los Angeles home after the address was revealed on Instagram while he showed his gift bags.
“After Pop Smoke, there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus.”
Another Twitter user Hip Hop All Day wrote: “Nipsey [Hussle] outside his own shop, [XXXTentacion] a car dealership, Lil Tjay outside a chipotle, Pop Smoke in the Hollywood Hills, [Young] Dolph at a cookie shop, PnB Rock inside a Waffle House.
“Rappers are not safe from jealousy wherever they go. The situation is out of control and heartbreaking to see.”
Responding to the post, Minaj said: “The ppl around these rappers gain so much. It’s time to start really reminding them over & over!!! 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???!!!”
When a fan thanked Minaj for using her platform to speak out, she wrote: “Yup. Ima says what I want. As a RAPPER & as a MOTHER. I know 1st hand how these guys feel coming from the streets than 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!!! LET’S EDUCATE ASAP!!!”
Minaj also addressed the timing of her comments, writing: “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 f*** y’all dumb fkng selves!!!!!”
Rival rapper Cardi B had an opposing take, as she shared on Twitter: “I highly doubt nikkas was looking at PMB’s baby mom IG. He was in a bad location and people stay outside plotting. It’s very irresponsible and inconsiderate to blame her for something so tragic. We should be sending nothing but love to her and his family at this time.”