A mourner lights a candle on May 18, 2105 at a makeshift memorial beside a street in Queens, New York, where rapper Chinx was shot dead on May 17. Chinx, whose real name was Lionel Pickens, won a growing following by turning his bleak experiences as a drug-dealer into verse. The rapper -- whose works included a series of mixtapes with the prophetic title "Hurry Up and Die" -- was driving a Porsche in the early morning in Queens when another motorist opened fire, police said. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Unsolved Hip Hop Mysteries: Chinx

Hip Hop is no stranger to unsolved murders, robberies, or just crime in general. From Jam Master Jay, Big L, and to the more famously known Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur it seems like people have always looked at rappers as easy targets. Although we know these names off hand but some may not recognize like Lionel “Chinx” Pickens. Chinx was a “friend” of French Montana’s and was about to be the next New York Rapper to come out of Queens, NY. I use the term loosely because in a 2016 interview with Wendy Williams French says he had only met Chinx’s mother once and a second time at his funeral with no communication in between. I don’t know about you but if you’re a friend or you’re really down for someone you’ve met their mother. I mean unless that person doesn’t have a relationship with their mother. Sadly, Chinx was killed in 2015 while in a vehicle in the Queens Borough. Many others like Freaky Tah of the Lost Boyz have been killed during a robbery gone awry.

Most of these murders go unsolved as most murders involving victims of African descent. Even with the microscope on their cases Biggie and 2Pac’s deaths never resulted in any arrest despite the many witnesses in the area at the time of the crimes and alleged confessions and conspiracies. As a result of these unsolved mysteries the Hip Hop community have come up with their own theories based on the word on the streets, video, and opinion as to how many of these young men lost their lives. Now you have movies, documentaries, and docu-series’ pretty much reviewing evidence and reiterating information that we already knew at the time of the crime. The streets know who’s responsible for Jam Master Jay’s murder so why don’t the authorities handle that case as swiftly as they did Chinx? I don’t want A&E doing a special on any “unsolved” Hip Hop murder mysteries just for views and clicks. If a television journalist can solve a crime that easily then maybe the police need to go do the weather or something.

Is the media using our emotions for ratings? “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Ice-T just to gain our trust. History doesn’t change and that goes for evidence also. How does a murder weapon get “lost”? Shouldn’t it still be in police custody? If it was found at the time of his death which crooked cop went into the inventory for a payoff? What other incentive would a police officer have? So how did they solve Chinx’s murder? A confession? DNA evidence? How? No Hip Hop murder mystery is happenstance. It’s either; money, drugs, power, or plain old jealousy and envy. Tupac had the power. Biggie represented money and JMJ had both which resulted in jealously and envy. Some old cases will never be solved. Some cases won’t be solved because there isn’t enough evidence and in Hip Hop’s case most of these murders are commissioned by someone in a high position. I’m glad that the Pickens family is getting closure. I hope that these men are really the ones responsible because some are willing to get something in return for a fake confession. They get paid to take the fall and to do the bid with a promise of having their families taken care of while they’re away. Now if the police can solve that mystery I’ll watch the docu-series.

“Fame and trust – it don’t mix, like oil in the water” – French Montana (Feelings)

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