Fat Joe hopped on Instagram Live Thursday (September 15) and discussed PnB Rock’s murder in detail. Like many of his peers, the Terror Squad OG is frustrated by the endless stream of gun violence taking the lives of young rappers, many of whom don’t make it past 25.
“The man died ‘cause they are some guys that hate the world and killed him for no reason,” he said. “They didn’t have to take that little girl’s father […] It is what is. Black on Brown crime. Black ad Black crime. Brown on Brown crime. It is what it is and it’s disgusting. We know how hard it is to get out of that situation, to lift yourself and your life can be taken like that. We only get one life.”
Fat Joe, who grew up drug dealing and has been on a different path for decades, also called for pillars of gang culture to spread a different kind of message.
“This real shit,” he continued. “This is why I come on here and talk transparently […] Every gang leader, every real guy, every OG of the world, can you all do that for me? Can you do this? Stick ‘em up. Don’t kill him — not in front of that Black woman, that Black baby, not in that iconic restaurant. Roscoes’ is the best chicken in the world.”
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Fat Joe then wanted to know: “What the fuck is going on in L.A.?” He continued: “These kids are out of control and I’m not necessarily throwing it on the kids. I don’t know if those was young guys. I don’t know who it was […] Rappers are now an endangered species. […] The more famous you get, it works against you. They want to lock you up the more famous you are.
“The hood wanna kill their own. I’ve never seen people hate themselves so much. Black people, Latino people. What’s the problem!? Why you hate yourself so much? Why you wanna kill them? Hate. People wake up every day just to hate. You hate yourself.”
PnB Rock was shot and killed on September 12 as he was eating at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles. Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince, Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Ice-T, who grew up around L.A. gang culture, are among the many OGs speaking out about the rampant gun violence in the rap community.
“When we created Hip Hop 45 years ago, things started to change,” DMC said in a video uploaded to Twitter. “We need groups that look like Migos rapping like De La Soul. We need a guy that looks like Lil Wayne talking like KRS-One.
“We need a guy like Drake making records like Chuck D of Public Enemy. I’m not taking about to sell records and be No. 1 rappers — to see change in the every day lives of our people.”
PnB Rock was just 30 years old at the time of his death. He leaves behind two daughters, his girlfriend and many friends, fans and other family members.