I was actually having a great weekend thus far, hanging with longtime friends and enjoying and sharing positive energy. Then I wake up this morning and I see this.
Reports have come in, and would eventually be confirmed by his management, that Coke Boys affiliate and longtime friend of French Montana, Chinx, was shot and killed in Queens, NY at about 4 this morning (May 17th).
Police have reported that Chinx (née Lionel Pickens) – who was with an unnamed passenger – were driving through Queens, NY late last night, when a second car pulled up beside them and opened fired at their car, letting off multiple rounds and striking both Chinx and the passenger. Both were quickly rushed to a nearby hospital, where Chinx would tragically be pronounced dead. The second passenger, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the back, remains in critical condition.
Chinx’ management, The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management, released an official statement earlier today:
It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens this morning. He was 31.
“Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered. Chinx was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,” said publicist Chanel Rae. “Further more, he was a friend.”
While I can’t say I knew Chinx that well, he had a plethora of bangers (from my personal favorite “I’m A Coke Boy” and its accompanying remix, to his recent jams “Feelings” and “Dope House“) that gets multiple spins through my headphones. This is just a sad thing all around, and he is just the latest in the never-ending line of talented musicians to meet an untimely way-too-soon end. I give my condolences to Chinx’ entire family and friends.