He was an up-and-coming
rapper whose life was cut short.
Lionel Pickens, known by the
stage name Chinx, was shot
and killed early last Sunday,
according to the NYPD.
He was one of the two victims
found with gunshot wounds in
the same area around 4 a.m. on
the fateful day in New York.
Pickens was pronounced dead,
with wounds to the torso, as he
was taken to Jamaica Medical
Center. He was 31.
Chinx was on the rise as
a recording artist and was
considered in a vote for XXL
magazine’s Freshmen 10th Spot
(in the past, the likes of Iggy
Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and
Macklemore have made XXL’s
freshmen classes of the year,
meant to highlight hip-hop’s
next big things).
He had been rapping since
childhood and didn’t shy away
from drugs in his work (he
went by the moniker Chinx
Drugz earlier in his career), often
teaming up with the Coke Boys,
a group and record label founded
by New York rapper French
Chinx was working on a debut
solo album called “Welcome to
Celebrities like Khloe
Kardashian and Diddy have
posted their condolences on
social media

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