Rapper Chinx was shot and killed Sunday, according to media reports. He was a member of fellow rapper French Montana’s Coke Boys stable.
Management and public relations company Legion Media Group in collaboration with 4 Kings Entertainment confirmed the death with statements released on social media Sunday, noting that Chinx’s management had confirmed his passing.
Chinx made his name on the “Coke Boys” and “Cocaine Riot” mixtape series with Montana and other members of the Coke Boys stable. The rapper, born Lionel Pickens, was reportedly sitting in a car when he was shot by a gunman who has not yet been identified.
Best known for his affiliation with fellow rapper French Montana’s Coke Boys group and record label, the rapper has been mourned by many in the hip-hop community on Twitter. Rappers like Meek Mill and Chase N. Cashe, as well as producers such as Statik Selektah, sent out tributes to the slain lyricist on Twitter and Instagram and his name was the top trending topic on Twitter in the United States.
In a 2012 interview with 18 Karat Reggae, the rapper said he planned to change hip hop by “perfecting” his craft. “I’ll change the game by being myself and perfecting my craft,” he said in the interview. “I say so because in every ‘real’ individual there’s a real story so if you’re dedicated to what you do enough it will show and eventually the game will gravitate towards you and everything you stand for.”
He went on to say that his desire as an artist was to make music that was relatable to his fans.
“My goal in music is soley to make music that people can relate to in their everyday lives,” he said. “Sometimes my songs might remind you of a time that made you sad, sometimes it’ll motivate you to wanna get money, sometimes you might wanna dance, but either way you can equate my music to what emotions you’re going through at that present time. I’m definitely trying to leave my mark with the type of music that made you feel good at one point or another.”