Three months after his untimely murder, Chinx’s crew is carrying on his legacy with the post-mortem release of his ‘Welcome To JFK’ LP. Here’s how fans are reacting to the posthumous release.
Fans were devastated to hear that Chinx (born Lionel Pickens), 31, a promising rapper from Far Rockaway, Queens, had been shot in a drive-by shooting back in May 2015. Now, three months after his murder, fans are taking to social media in droves to both mourn the loss of, and celebrate, the late rapper following the release of his posthumous album, “Welcome To JFK” on Aug. 13. Their outpour of support is truly touching.
“Welcome To JFK” is a 12-track project that the former MC completed before his death, and listening to it now gives fans a glimpse at what could have been. The album, which features appearances by Rick Ross, 39, French Montana, 30, and Meet Sims, 28, includes a mix of tracks with both mainstream and underground appeal, including the final, and now haunting, single “Die Young.” The song ends with the final lyric: “I pray I be ok when I grow up a little bigger/ If I don’t, tell my babies daddy was a real n—a,” which seems to now have added weight with fans following his tragic passing. Here’s how they’re reacting to the release of Chinx’s first full-length and final album.
The rapper was notably a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group and record label. He was best known for his appearance on the Coke Boys mixtape and his own Cocaine Riot mixtapes. He released hit singles like “I’m a Coke Boy” and “Feelings.” He was adamant on making it big in the music industry, but on his own terms. “I don’t want to fit in,” he said, according to his website. “I want people to respect my music. I have the drive to be original and to stay true to who I am as a person and as an artist, and not create a gimmick with my artistry.”
HollywoodLifers — Check out Chinx’s “Die Young” track off of Welcome To JFK here and tell us what you think of the late’s rapper’s work.
— Alyssa Montemurro