Philadelphia’s PnB Rock and his new single, “High” are making the rounds on Tik Tok with over 4 billion views.
When we last looked into the hero of righteous Philadelphia R&B&Rap, PnB Rock, he was up against it all in Bensalem, pleading guilty to what sounded like a pumped-up firearms and drugs charge. What a difference, however, three months must make for, rather than make local headlines for arrests and trials, PNB is making national news for his Tik Tok clip of “High,” and its full-length audio version released on November 5, in collaboration with DJ Luke Nasty.
Nasty too has his own solidified cred, what with being part of North Carolina’s snap music favorites, the 336 Boyz, and his solo album Highway Music: Stuck In Traffic. But the son of Germantown/North East Philly that is Rakim Hasheem Allen, PnB Rock, is ours, a beloved singer-rapper known first for his honey-humping 2015 single “Fleek,” 2016’s “Selfish” and full-length artist albums such as Catch These Vibes and Trapstar Turnt Popstar. Since 2018, PnB has hooked up some massive charting feature collabs such as “Dangerous” with Philly’s own Meek Mill and Jeremih, Ed Sheeran’s “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper, “Leave Em Alone” with Layton Greene, City Girls and Lil Baby, and 2019’s “Bad Vibes Forever” from XXXTentacion with Trippie Redd.
“High,” though, is another story indeed.
Sandwiched between PnB Rock’s newest track, “Forever Never” with Swae Lee and Philly’s own Pink Sweat$, and spring 2021’s “Need Somebody” single with its video featuring his local-live-in girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheung, “High” was the perfect post-summer hummer, that suddenly has jumped to the top of the Tik Tok stacks, with over 5 million video creates and 4 billion views. Plus, its rise seems to be just getting started, proving just how “high,” PnB Rock could go.