Rapper Chinx was killed in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Queens, New York, according to multiple media reports.
The up-and-coming hip-hop artist, real name Lionel Pickens, 31, was a member of rapper French Montana’s Coke Boys.
Pickens was fatally shot while driving a silver Porsche near the corner of Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive, the New York Times reported.
Shortly before the shooting, Pickens performed at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.
At about 4 a.m., a car pulled up next to the Porsche Pickens was driving and opened fire before speeding off. The rapper suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and was rushed to Jamaica Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
His passenger, a 27-year-old unidentified man, suffered gunshot wounds to the back and is listed in critical condition.
At least seven bullet holes could be seen in the Porsche, the Daily News reported.
As news of Pickens death spread, tributes began to pour in via social media. Rapper Meek Mill tweeted, “Can’t let these suckas shatter ya dreams! RIP CHINX!”
Talib Kweli also posted a moving remembrance. “Damn. RIP Chinx Drugs. What a good dude. I hate seeing violence cut down young people like this. Condolences to French Montana & family.”
Below are some of the tributes to Chinx and his “I’m A Cokeboy” video featuring French Montana, Rick Ross, Diddy and Cassie.
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) May 17, 2015
Rip Chinx man. Smoke extra for da homie and his fam today.
— Cameron (@wizkhalifa) May 17, 2015
Damn Chinx… Smh… #RIP my G.
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 17, 2015
Can't let these suckas shatter ya dreams! RIP CHINX!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 17, 2015
— FERG (@ASAPferg) May 17, 2015
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 Greene (@TalibKweli) May 17, 2015
More time its your own city that hate your success the most. & then kill you for that same success BIGL PAC STACK CHINX LILSNUPE ON N ON
— Red Cafe (@RedCafe) May 17, 2015
We want to send our condolences to the family of Chinx. He was always real with me and excited about what was next with his music. #RIPChinx
— Sway Calloway (@RealSway) May 17, 2015