Philadelphia rapper PNB Rock has social media’s full attention. The hip-hop star went online this week to suggest late rap artist Pop Smoke actually shot one of the attackers from his fatal home invasion.
PNB x Pop
Footage has emerged of Rock going to his Instagram Live to spill tea on the February 2020 murder. PNB said Smoke defended himself and his California home during the attack.
“Pop Smoke, rest in peace. Rest in peace, Pop Smoke. Sh*t brazy, man. I was just thinking about that n*gga the other day, man. No cap. … And n*ggas don’t even know the whole story. My man Pop Smoke popped one of them n*ggas in the crib. Stop playing with him. Yeah!” -PNB Rock’s Instagram
On Thursday, Smoke’s mentor 50 Cent went to his social media pages and kept it 100 on multiple people getting arrested in connection to Smoke’s murder. The hip-hop star questioned why it took nearly 5 months to land people in handcuffs.
“👀oh sh*t, what the f*ck was the police waiting for his album to drop too. R.I.P Pop smoke #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi” -50 Cent’s Twitter
Wait, There’s More
Thursday reports revealed five people, including three adults and two juveniles, had been taken in by police. While the charges hadn’t been revealed, the arrests were related to the murder investigation.
Our law enforcement sources tell us the LAPD served multiple search warrants around Los Angeles early Thursday morning, and 5 people were arrested on warrants in connection to the rapper’s murder. Sources tell us 3 adults and 2 juveniles were arrested. It’s unclear what the suspects are being charged with, but we’re told all 5 will be interviewed by police and then booked. (TMZ)
Before You Go
In May 2020, reports surfaced about law enforcement getting delayed in its murder investigation of Pop Smoke. Issues ultimately related to the global COVID-19 and coronavirus pandemic.
When detectives are able to investigate, we’re told they still try to go out and safely speak face-to-face with people in an attempt to gather evidence … but that’s been a challenge already in this case. As we first told you … cops were running into witness issues in the case, as people were either refusing to talk about Pop’s death or providing unreliable info. On a more positive note … our sources say investigators are hoping the rapper’s upcoming posthumous debut album will renew interest in the case, get people talking, and drum up tips and new leads. (TMZ)