Reporting by Kristin Coral
The hip-hop community was shaken up on Sunday, May 17, after the death of up-and-coming Queens rapper Chinx. The tragic news drew reactions from Meek Mill, Diddy and even Khloe Kardashian. Jay Z spoke up too, when he took a moment during his B-Side concert in New York City this evening to pay his respects.
"A young man got killed in Queens, his name was Chinx," Hov said, addressing the Terminal 5 crowd, which included a reporter working for MTV News. "I can't understand; that we are seriously under attack like never before, like never before. Rest in peace to Chinx."
When Jay stressed to the crowd that the community is under attack, he didn't specify, but was most likely referencing the deaths of Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and countless other young black men at the hands of police.
Though police haven't made any arrests in the Chinx shooting, Jay made a plea to end black on black violence.
"And we're still killing each other," he continued. "We need to understand that we are kings and queens. We are kings and queens and we're under attack. A young man trying make a way out of the hood.
"We can't have it both ways," Jay went on. "We say, 'People, they leave the hood and never wanna come back. When people go to the hood they get killed. We can't have it both ways. We gotta protect our own."
Chinx was gunned down early Sunday morning, when an unidentified assailant fired shots into his vehicle while the rapper was driving down Queens Boulevard, in Queens, New York. Police told MTV News that the rapper, who was a part of French Montana's Coke Boys crew, was shot multiple times in the torso. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 31 years old.