Chinx Murdered In Queens
Today, May 17, Queens rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens has been declared dead. Chinx was reportedly shot at 4am in the passenger's seat of his car while driving in Briarwood, Queens. The management companies associated with the Coke Boys' rapper have released a statement on his death: "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.
Hip-Hop Reacts To Chinx's Murder
Today, May 17, Chinx was shot and killed while driving on Queens Boulevard. A member of French Montana's Coke Boys crew and label, Chinx, age 31, was preparing to release his debut album, Welcome to JFK, later this year. No suspect nor motive has yet been identified. As news of Chinx's tragic murder continues to spread, many hip-hop artists have taken to social media to express their regret and condolences to Chinx and his family.
Stream Chinx's "Welcome To JFK"
Almost a year and a half ago, Chinx (who had just shed the "Drugz" part of his name) announced his debut album. He gave it the name Welcome To JFK, inspired by his proximity to Queens' John F. Kennedy airport while growing up and living in Far Rockaway.
French Montana, Jadakiss, & Chinx Drugz Arrested In NYC [Update: Smoke DZA & Buckshot Also Arrested]
Coke Boys got the feds watchin'. One of many pre-Super Bowl parties was going down last night in New York City, and while the details are scarce, it seems as though it may have got a bit out of hand. An event at Club Lust in Brooklyn ended in French Montana, Chinx Drugz, and Jadakiss cuffed by the end of the night. No word on whether any other rappers were in attendance, but apparently Jada was actually HOSTING the festivities before getting booked. Whatever it was, it can't be all that serious, as French was all smiles in a photo of him being taken into custody.
French Montana Decries "Hateful Speech" Surrounding Chinx's Death
Since Chinx was tragically gunned down in Queens last weekend, most of the rap world has shown their support for the Coke Boy, his family and friends in some way or another. However, not everyone's as respectful and mature.
Chris Brown Painted A Portrait Of Chinx For French Montana's Birthday
French Montana's 31st birthday went down earlier this week, and while the Coke Boy has a lot to celebrate, the death of his friend and collaborator Chinx this spring still feels pretty fresh. Chris Brown came through with a fitting gift for the occassion, painting a portrait (along with artist Dee Cosey) of French Montana and Chinx -- the latter with angel wings and a halo.
NYPD Say Chinx's Murder May Be Connected To Stack Bundles Murder From 2007
Early Sunday morning Coke Boy's next up, Chinx (real name Lionel Pickens), was sitting in his Porsche Panamera with a fellow Coke Boy when a barrage of bullets killed him. Few details have been released thus far, although Chinx's team released a statement over the weekend confirming his passing.
Chinx's Mother Says French Montana Needs To Give Her Answers About Son's Murder
This past Tuesday (May 17) marked the one-year anniversary of death of Lionel Pickens, better known as Queens rapper Chinx, who was signed to French Montana's Coke Boy Records. Many used the occasion to celebrate his legacy, but Chinx's mother, Veronica Clinton, is still demanding answers as to what happened to her son and why no one has been held accountable. She also feels "disrespected" by two of Chinx's most prominent associates in the hip-hop world, Diddy and French Montana.
Five Arrested At French Montana Video Shoot
Five people were arrested during a French Montana video shoot yesterday (May 30) in Brooklyn. According to New York Daily News, undercover cops entered the shoot, behind a Fulton St. supermarket, at 6:15pm and arrested three men and two women on guns and drugs charges. Four pistols were found on set, as well as cocaine, marijuana, and molly. A picture of the contraband can be seen in the above gallery.
Review: French Montana's "Wave Gods"
More so than any rapping ability, swagginess, or A&R masterminding, the ability to collaborate with a wide range of artists and dabble in various sounds without once straying from his distinct vocal style has been French Montana's greatest strength. He manages to bring others into his orbit without ever making the resulting music sound like a reach, whether it's Raekwon or Gucci Mane with the assist.
Album Cover & Tracklist Revealed For Chinx’s “Welcome To JFK”
Chinx’s debut album Welcome To JFK, which he had been working on long before he was shot & murdered senselessly in his hometown of Queens, NY back in May, is finally ready to be heard. Due out August 14, the posthumous album has been made available for pre-order on iTunes today, ultimately revealing the album cover and tracklist as well.
R.I.P. Chinx Playlist
As you know by now, we lost one of Queens' finest over the weekend. Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, was murdered in a drive-by shooting at 4 am on Sunday morning. He was 31. The news put the hip hop world into shock, with rappers across the country mourning for the gone-too-soon Coke Boy on social media, and some of his closest friends dropping tribute tracks in his memory. Today, we're looking back on his all too brief legacy with a Soundcloud playlist curated in his honor.
French Montana, Chinx Drugz And Jadakiss Get Released From Jail
French Montana, Chinx Drugz, and Jadakiss don't seem too phased after getting arrested yesterday. In fact, they were released just in time for the SuperBowl festivities. On twitter, Jadakiss had this to say: "Out of all the things in the world to wish on somebody, JAIL isn't one if them... #stop sweating."
Top 5 French Montana x Chinx Collabs
Last Sunday (May 17), tragedy struck the hip-hop world as Chinx, FKA Chinx Drugz, was shot and killed in his home borough of Queens, NY. Chinx was hitting his stride in 2015, preparing to release his debut album. He left behind a young family and countless friends in the rap world who had helped put him on a path toward a promising career.
69% Of Murdered Rappers' Cases Remain Unsolved
It is common knowledge that the culprits of Tupac and Biggie were never apprehended. But that is no anomaly -- as it turns out, it is extremely common for rap homicides to go unsolved.
Max B Calls Chinx's Murder A "Senseless Tragedy"
In the wake of Chinx's tragic murder on Sunday morning, we've seen numerous members of the hip hop community mourn his passing, including his Coke Boys crewmate French Montana. Now, Chinx's former mentor, the incarcerated Max B, has called in from jail to speak on his fallen comrade. "We lost another young, inspiring brother," he said in audio acquired by Revolt.
NYPD Believes Chinx Was Targeted In Fatal Shooting
Chinx was gunned down in Queens the early hours of May 17, 2015 as he left a hookah lounge in his Porsche. NYPD detectives are now saying that they believe the murder was carried out by someone jealous of his success.
Chinx's Funeral To Be Held Next Tuesday In Queens
After a tumultuous week of tribute tracks, heartfelt eulogies and police reports, Chinx's family is now preparing to the lay the late rapper to rest. His funeral and wake are scheduled for next Tuesday, May 26th, at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens. Check out the schedule below, and an official flyer in the gallery above. Wake: Tuesday May 26th 2015 11amThe Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral of New York110-31 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica N.Y. 11433
Juelz Santana & Jadakiss Suggest Benefit Concert For Chinx's Family
Chinx's funeral takes place today in Queens, and while donations toward his family will be accepted at the service, a few fellow New York rappers are hoping to organize an event that can raise some more money for the cause. Juelz Santana, who's been active in the city's rap scene since Chinx first set foot in the game, suggested on Instagram that the local artist come together to throw a show, sending all proceeds toward the grieving family.
Behind The Beat: Harry Fraud
Harry Fraud has stayed in the same part of Brooklyn his entire life. “I ran around Gowanus when it was word of mouth the mob was dumpin’ bodies here,” he says with a hint of sarcasm. Fraud’s studio is situated in a relatively industrial patch of a neighborhood that has seen a real estate boom in recent years.