P.n.B. Rock was born on December 9, 1991, in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The singer behind smash hits like ‘Jealous,’ ‘Fleek,’ and ‘Selfish,’ rapper P.n.B. Rock is one of the best new talents the music world has seen and we’re not the only ones who think so, judging by the man’s success. He’s been featured on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, in an issue of “Rolling Stone”, and was also a part of the X.X.L. Freshman Class. Even an arrest, instead of slowing him down, made him revisit his life and his music, and he’s penned more hits inspired by this time in his life.
P.n.B. Rock, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, was born on December 9, 1991, in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was the third of four siblings. Trying to feed four mouths was hard on Rock’s parents, and his father turned to a life of crime to sustain the family. Unfortunately, he was gunned down when Rock was only three, and his mother had to raise all four children on her own. Rock’s interviews and songs mention that because of their poverty-stricken condition, the family had to spend quite a bit of their early years in shelters.
Rock’s early years were tumultuous. He spent some time in a youth detention center, for theft and fighting in school, when he was just 13. He eventually quit school, leading a life of petty crimes, and had to serve some jail time — he was only 19 at the time. Instead of this being the end of his journey, Rock turned his experiences into music. He began writing songs in prison about his childhood struggles and incarceration.
Armed with only a strong determination to start life afresh after being released from prison, Rock began uploading cover music videos onto Instagram. People immediately noticed his talent; inspired, he started to make and share his own music.
All this while, he’d been operating under his given name, but as all people know, stage names give you an added jazz factor. He went with P.n.B. Rock — inspired by the streets where he grew up.
By 2014, his debut mixtape, written when he was in prison, was released. He signed a record deal with Atlantic Records the very next year, had a song feature on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the year after that, and was featured as a top new artist in a “Rolling Stone” issue. His successful journey continued with multiple hits, a soundtrack in the movie “Fate of the Furious,” and multiple collaborations with music greats like Ed Sheeran, Kevin Hart, Fetty Wap, Bronx rapper Carlos, and Pop Smoke.
Rock faced jail time again in 2019 for drug possession and related offenses. He didn’t let that slow him down, however, and he’s still releasing multiple singles and albums and riding high in various music festivals.
Rock's mixtape, "Real N*gga Bangaz," features music based on the poetry and song lyrics he wrote while he was in prison and debuts to a good response.
Rock signs with Atlantic Records and releases another mixtape, "R.n.B. 3," that same year.
Rock's 'Selfish' is immensely popular and comes in at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The magazine adds Rock to its 10 New Artists You Need to Know list.
‘G.T.T.M.: Going Thru the Motions' comes in at number 28 on the Billboard 200, selling almost 100,000 copies just a week after its release.
The "Fate of the Furious" features a track titled 'Gang Up' which is a collaboration between Rock, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and Wiz Khalifa.
Rock is named as one of the 10 people featured in “X.X.L.” magazine's 2017 Freshman Class list, along with Kamaiyah, XXXTentacion, and Aminé.
Rock releases 'SoundCloud Daze,' which features artists like Yung Fazo, Pasto Flocco, and more.
Why We Love PnB Rock
He has so much skill
A smooth, sultry voice delivers an almost autobiographical rendition of Rock's life and is accompanied by tight beats and an even tighter chorus. Among all the soul and R.&B. singers out there, Rock certainly is one of the best.
His past is his strength
Rock has faced a lot in his life — poverty, the loss of a parent, jail time, and losing his siblings — but it has only fueled his creative fire. He once said that his past was the reason he is who he is, and he would not go back to change a thing.
He is altruistic too
Even though he's made it big, Rock takes time to remember the little guys. He contributes to charities and has set up his own record label too.
5 Surprising Facts
P.n.B. Rock is a dad
He’s a dad to two little girls, Milan and Xuri, born in 2013 and 2020 respectively.
His little brother is a rapper too
You might know him as P.n.B. Meen, and he's releasing an individual album under his brother's label, New Lane Entertainment.
He did not complete high school
After being kicked out, Rock never went back to school to finish his education.
He still has feelings for his ex
After their break-up in early 2022, Rock posted about his lingering feelings for ex-Stephanie Sibounheuang in a TikTok video on Instagram.
He has an autistic older brother
Rock has mentioned learning to take care of his older autistic sibling, which is probably why the rapper frequently donates to autism research causes.
PnB Rock FAQs
What does P.n.B. Rock stand for?
Rock uses the acronym P.n.B. to represent the intersection of Pastorius and Baynton streets in the place where he grew up.
Is P.n.B Rock XXXTentacion’s brother?
They’re not brothers by blood, but they certainly were as close as siblings. Rock and rapper XXXTentacion met while making music before the latter’s death in 2018.
What did P.n.B. go to jail for?
Rock has been incarcerated twice in his life, the second time in 2019 for marijuana and stolen gun charges.
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