Chinx, a Queens, New York rapper and member of the French Montana-affiliated Coke Boys, died Saturday night in a drive-by shooting in Queens. Chinx, born Lionel Pickens, was 31. “We are very sadden at the loss of our brother Chinx. Please keep his family & friends in your prayers,” the Coke Boys’ official Facebook wrote Sunday.
According to the New York Daily News, Chinx and a male passenger were driving around the Briarwood area of Queens at 4 a.m. when another vehicle pulled up alongside the rapper’s silver Porsche Panamera and opened fire. Chinx was shot multiple times in the incident, with at least seven bullets piercing the Porsche’s front windshield. Both Chinx and the unnamed passenger were taken to nearby Jamaica Hospital where the rapper was pronounced dead. The passenger was listed in stable but critical condition. No suspects have been apprehended.
Earlier in the night, Chinx and the Coke Boys performed at Brooklyn’s Club Redwolf. Chinx rose to prominence among rap fans for his role on the popular mixtape series Coke Boys and Cocaine Riot as well as his 2014 breakout single “Bodies.” Formerly known as Chinx Drugs, the rapper also appeared on French Montana’s Excuse My French bonus track “Throw It in the Bag,” “I’m a Coke Boy” and Montana’s latest single “Off the Rip.” The Fader writes that Chinx planned to release his debut album Welcome to JFK in 2015.
As news of Chinx’s death spread, the hip-hop community remembered the up-and-coming rapper on social media. “Damn. RIP Chinx Drugs. What a good dude. I hate seeing violence cut down young people like this. Condolences to French Montana & family,” Talib Kweli tweeted. “Rip Chinx man. Smoke extra for da homie and his fam today,” Wiz Khalifa added. Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and Mac Miller also paid tribute to the slain rapper.