A local rapper Lionel Pickens, who is well-known by his stage name Chinx, was killed in Queens shooting early Sunday morning. Chinx was driving-by with his friend Antar Aldiadi, 27…
A local rapper Lionel Pickens, who is well-known by his stage name Chinx, was killed in Queens shooting early Sunday morning.
Chinx was driving-by with his friend Antar Aldiadi, 27, in a silver Porsche, when the gunfire appeared around 4 a.m., according to police. Mr Pickens and his friend were shot through car glass and later taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where the rapper died. Mr Aldiadi survived and was in a critical condition with two bullet wounds to the back.
The hip-hop community in New York City immediately heard about the fatal shooting and the better-known rappers like Meek Mill and French Montana, with whom Chinx often collaborated and earned fame through his mix tapes and performances, promptly reacted. Meek Mill tweeted hours after the killing
The hood gotta stop glorifying suckas that kill good people!
The 31-year-old Chinx had been listed among the performers at a club in Brooklyn on Saturday night hours before the shooting. Mr Pickens with his friend were driving in a four-door Porsche along Queens Boulevard through Briarwood. It was not immediately clear who was wheeling.
Then the police said that a car pulled alongside them and opened fire before speeding off, leaving two men hit multiple times. Later they stopped in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts at 84th Drive and called 911.
Chinx had a hard childhood in the Edgemere public housing project in Far Rockaway, Queens. During the mid-2000s he spent a few hears in prison for robbery and drug sales. Later the rapper Stack Bundles, who was killed in 2007 shooting at the age of 24, helped Mr Pickens to start his music career. “I’m a Coke Boy” is one of his most popular songs, which was a collaboration with French Montana.
Last year Mr. Pickens had an interview with Hot 97, where he talked about explaining his music career to his children and Chinx said:
What dad’s doing, is nothing different than what you see in the movies. This is a movie with no picture. I’m just talking about it. This is not real