Rapper Chinx Drugz was killed in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning in Queens, New York, police said.
The 31-year-old Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, was driving in his Porsche when he was shot, according to ABC 7.
Another person in Chinx’s car was shot twice in the back. The 27-year-old victim, who has not yet been named, is at a local hospital.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Shooting Happened on Queens Boulevard
The gunfire erupted on Queens Boulevard at about 4 a.m., according to the New York Daily News.
Chinx was driving his silver Porsche Panamera near 84th Drive in Briarwood. At least seven bullet holes could be seen on the front and rear driver-side windows, the Daily News reports.
A witness told the Daily News that the rapper appeared to be lifeless when police arrived.
“The police came and they opened up the door,” Bibekanada Das, told the newspaper. “All you could see was the guy laid out in the seat.”
2. Chinx Was Part of French Montana’s Group ‘Coke Boys’
Chinx was part of French Montana’s Coke Boys group along with Cheeze, Flip and Lil Durk.
Legion Media Group said in a statement posted by ABC 7:
It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel “Chinx” Pickens this morning. He was 31. Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys. Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered ‘Chinx was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,’ said Publicist Chanel Rae, ‘Further more, he was a friend.’
3. He’s Best Known For His Song ‘I’m a Coke Boy’
Chinx was best known for his 2012 song I’m a Coke Boy, which featured French Montana.
4. He Was Born & Raised in Queens
Chinx was born in Far Rockaway, Queens and started rapping at a young age.
“(I) started rapping at the table in junior high school for fun with the homies and then by 9th grade is when I started taking music seriously. At that point is when I started investing my street money into my studio time and trying to find my sound,” he told XXL Mag.
He told the website UrbFeed he got his name, “since I used to smoke a lot of weed back in the day, and this older chick used to call me chinkey and it stuck, the drugz well that’s self explanatory, I been slangin on these corners.”
He started rapping while in high school, but then was sent to prison for four years.
His career picked up again in 2009, when he released his first solo mix tape.
5. He Performed at a Club Prior to the Shooting
According to the Daily News, Chinx performed at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn at 2:30 a.m., just hours before the shooting.
“He was very good,” Luis Lopez, the club’s manager told the Daily News. “He was here with four or five guys. Then he left. He didn’t fight with anyone.”
“I got the news by the (club) promoter. To be in my establishment and then … It’s crazy, man. It’s really crazy. I was shocked to hear the news,” Lopez said.
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