PnB Rock

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PnB Rock
Birth nameRakim Hasheem Allen[1]
Born (1991-12-09) December 9, 1991 (age 27)[1][2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • Actor
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated acts

Rakim Hasheem Allen (born December 9, 1991), better known by his stage name PnB Rock, is an American hip hop singer, rapper and songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his 2015 single, "Fleek" and 2016 single, "Selfish", which has peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, Allen was chosen as part of the XXL Freshman Class.

Early life[edit]

Rakim Allen was born on December 9, 1991, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was primarily raised by his mother due to his father being murdered when he was 3 years old. In his teen years, he lived in Northeast Philadelphia.[4] He grew up listening to rapper 2Pac and R&B group Jodeci.[5][6] At the age of 13, Rakim was sent to a youth detention program for committing robberies and fighting in school. When he turned 19, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison for drug possession and other crimes. Allen was homeless for a short period after being released from prison.[7] He never finished high school.[8] Allen later adopted the stage name PnB Rock, which is an acronym for Pastorius and Baynton, a street corner near where he grew up in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood.[9]


On June 24, 2014, PnB Rock released his debut mixtape, “Real N*gga Bangaz.” He wrote the mixtape while he was incarcerated.[6] In 2015, PnB signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, and under the label, he released his first project with Atlantic titled RnB3 which is his third mixtape.[10] In June 2016, he released the hit single, "Selfish". The song peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[11] In October 2016, Rolling Stone included him in their list of "10 New Artists You Need to Know".[12]

On January 10, 2017, he released his second retail mixtape album, GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions through Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution. The album debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[13] Subsequently, in April 2017, he participated in the soundtrack of The Fate of the Furious with 2 singles including "Gang Up" with Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa and "Horses" with Kodak Black and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. In June 2017, PnB Rock was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class".[14]

PnB Rock has also admitted that his single, "Nowadays", was co-written by Bronx rapper, Carlos, who has featured PnB on his summer hit, "Let's Get Personal".

Personal life[edit]

Allen has four brothers including one with autism. He was arrested on January 20, 2019 following the execution of a search warrant on his home in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Allen was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics, receiving stolen property, and several related offenses.[15]



  1. ^ a b "PnB Rock – Profile". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. ^ PnB Rock.
  3. ^ "PnB Rock and His Lonely Hearts Club Bangers".
  4. ^ "PnB Rock Discusses His Criminal Past, Being Named after Hip-Hop Legend Rakim, & The Philly Curse". Global Grind. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  5. ^ "The Break Presents: PnB Rock". XXL. August 15, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Bio – PnB Rock". Atlantic Records. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^, HipHopDX -. "PnB Rock Explains Journey From Homelessness To Hot 100 & Credits Instagram For His Success". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  8. ^ "Meet PnB Rock, The Philly Prince Who Will Steal Your Girl". The Fader. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
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  10. ^ "PnB Rock – RnB 3 – Download And Stream". HotNewHipHop. November 3, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "PnB Rock – Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know: October 2016". Rolling Stone. October 21, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "PnB Rock – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Rapper PnB Rock arrested in Bensalem on narcotics, firearms charges". 6ABC. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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