Nicki Minaj speaks out on sharing rappers' location after the murder of PnB Rock: 'You're prey!'

'After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts'
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Nicki Minaj is speaking up following the passing of 30-year-old, Philadelphia-born rapper Rakim Allen, best known by his stage name PnB Rock, after he was shot at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in Los Angeles on Monday, September 12. Within her tribute, Minaj also addresses the rising problem of gun-related crimes in the Hip Hop community, leaving artists with a fear that they could be next on the target list.

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While crime and retribution have historically been part of the dark side of musical culture -- from the well-known Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac feud to the on-stage murder of Pantera’s Dimebag Darryl -- the era of social media and location-based tagging has added an entirely new level of worry, as evidenced by the home invasion death of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke in 2020.

On September 12, PnB Rock was reportedly dining with his girlfriend, who apparently shared and deleted a post on her Instagram Story before the shooting occurred, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Responding to this tragedy, Minaj Tweeted: "After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????!" She continued, saying PnB Rock, "was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus."

Minutes later, in response to another message regarding firearms, Minaj added, “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???!!!”

Obviously with the weight of the situation fresh in her mind, close to an hour later Minaj, who addressed the topic of mental health during the VMAs this year, returned with even more on the subject. "Yup. Ima say what I want. As a RAPPER & as a MOTHER. I know 1st hand how these guys feel coming from the streets then 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!!! LETS EDUCATE ASAP!!!"

"It’s never the wrong time," Nicki expounded. "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!!!!!"

Finally, Minaj says, “Y’all r not the ones that be bawling crying after you just worked with or just spoke to ONE OF YOUR OWN!!!!! I BELONG TO THIS S***. IMA FKNG SPEAK ON IT!!!! If it gets attention from y’all being ignorant than so be it!!! At least it’ll save lives. FOH.”

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