Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently shared his thoughts on the slaying of New York hip-hop artist Chinx and reflected on how violence exists outside of Chi-Town.
In Durk’s opinion, publicized deaths like Chinx’s brings him back down to reality.
“It’s just scary. At the same time you could be gone, I could be with you and be gone tomorrow,” Durk said in an interview. “I just gotta learn off they mistakes and as well as mines. So what happened with Chinx all the way in New York, I’m like, ‘Yeah. It’s real.’ It could happen anywhere, so what I’m saying is it really affected me. But I gotta keep my head up and keep going.” (Mass Appeal)
A posthumous Chinx album is expected to come out this summer.
Chinx album Welcome To JFK will be in stores 8.14 Now listen to the first single “On Your Body” featuring Meet Sims. Born Lionel Pickens in Queens, New York, Chinx paved his musical path since an early age. Surrounded and influenced by some of the greats of our era, his sound was “I don’t want to fit in,” he said. “I want people to respect my music. I have the drive to be original and to stay true to who I am as a person and as an artist, and not create a gimmick with my artistry.” (eOne Press Release)
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Last year, Chinx talked about the importance and value of naming his LP Welcome To JFK.
“My album will be titled Welcome To JFK,” he said. “Cause my part of Queens is right by the airport so whenever you coming to New York, you gotta come through where I’m from.” (XXL Mag)
Family members and friends paid homage to Chinx at a funeral service in New York last month.
Family and friends are gathering Tuesday to bid a final farewell to a Queens rapper who was murdered in his car. Lionel Pickens, 31, was shot and killed May 17 in a drive-by shooting. Services are being held at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica. (ABC 7)