Rapper Chinx, Member of French Montana’s Coke Boys, Killed in Drive-By …

17 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New York rapper Chinx dead at 31 following drive-by shooting.

Rapper Chinx Drugz died in the early hours of this morning, and as tributes pour in for the much-loved rapper, we have taken a look back at his life and successful career in the limelight. Lionel Pickens, 31, who goes by the stage name Chinx, was shot multiple times and a 27-year-old passenger in the Porsche was hit twice in the back about 4 a.m. as they traveled on Queens Blvd. at 84th Dr. in Briarwood, cops said. His management team confirmed the news on Instagram, writing: “It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens this morning.

At least seven bullet holes pierced the front and rear driver-side windows. “The police came and they opened up the door,” said Bibekanada Das, who was working in the kitchen when the shooting occurred. “All you could see was the guy laid out in the seat.” Emergency responders rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital, where Pickens died and the younger man was listed in critical but stable condition, police said. He was 31.” Meanwhile his publicist Chanel Rae described him as “one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer” in a statement, adding: “Furthermore, he was a friend.” He regularly appeared on the Coke Boys mixtapes, and his song I’m a Coke Boy became a hit after featuring French himself. Stars have come together to pay tribute to the 31-year-old musician, lead by Kim Kardashian’s brother Rob, who tweeted: “Rest in peace Chinx ,,,, gone way too soon.” He previously opened up about what inspired him to start rapping, and said in a past interview: “I started rapping at the table in junior high school for fun with the homies and then by 9th grade is when I started taking music seriously. Revealing how he got his stage name, he added: “I used to smoke a lot of weed back in the day, and this older chick used to call me chinkey and it stuck, the drugz well that’s self explanatory.”

Pickens, an associate of better-known rappers like Meek Mill and French Montana, with whom he often collaborated, earned fame through his mix tapes and performances with other rappers but never broke through with a national audience. Pickens grew up in the Edgemere public housing project in Far Rockaway, Queens, and in the mid-2000s spent several years in prison for robbery and drug sales. Pickens talked about explaining his music career to his children. “What dad’s doing, is nothing different than what you see in the movies,” he said. “This is a movie with no picture.

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