Could the Message in 2Pac’s ‘To Live & Die or Ice Cube’s ‘How to Survive in SC’ Have Saved PnB Rock?

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PnB Rock passed away in Los Angeles a day before the anniversary of the passing of the iconic Tupac Shakur who represented the west coast.

The Los Angeles Police Department has provided XXL with a statement as it pertains to the current investigation regarding the murder of PnB Rock.

“On September 12, 2022, Southeast officers responded to a robbery just occurred radio call in the 100 block of Manchester Avenue,” said a spokesperson for the LAPD. “The victim was eating at a table when he was approached by at least one suspect. The suspect brandished a firearm and demanded items from the victim. There was a verbal exchange, and the suspect shot the victim multiple times. The suspect appears to remove some items and fled the location. The suspect entered a vehicle waiting in the parking lot that fled in an unknown direction.”


Rap fans that know the history of the genre understand that iconic hip hop artists have given messages in their music about life in Los Angeles. It doesn’t come any bigger than Tupac Shakur and Ice Cube. As everyone knows, Tupac lost his life in Las Vegas in a drive-by shooting. If that wasn’t a sign for future artists to take heed, then it only escalates when Shakur is heard on songs such as “To Live and Die In LA.”

Producer Delray Richardson speaks on the culture of the west coast with Ice Cube‘s “How To Survive In South Central.” Richardson says the current music landscape lacks artists with messages for the youth. He explains the new vernacular by the culture with words such as pysop or “ops” is derived from the video game phenomena such as “Call Of Duty.”

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Richardson believes if PnB Rock paid attention to the lyrics by Shakur on “To Live & Die In LA,” he may have been able to maneuver in California a bit differently to save his untimely death. One particular segment of the single was focused on by Richardson.

Shed tears as we bury niggaz close to heart
What was a friend now a ghost in the dark
Cold hearted ’bout it, nigga got smoked by a fiend
Tryin to floss on em’
Blind to a broken man’s dream
A hard lesson court cases keep ’em guessin’
Plea bargain ain’t an option now so I’m stressin’
Cost me more to be free than a life in the penn
Making money off of cuss words writin’ again
Learn how to think ahead so I fight with my pen
Late night down sunset like in a sin
What’s the worst they could do to a nigga
Get me lost in hell to live and die in L.A. on bail
My angels sing…

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