Philly rapper and Germantown’s finest, PnB Rock, has just been sentenced for charges stemming from an arrest from almost two years ago.
The last time that dosage MAGAZINE and I looked in on Germantown’s finest, PnB Rock, the rapper, singer, producer and entrepreneur – at the very end of 2019 – was celebrating his best year ever with a December concert at The Met Philadelphia. That same year, he had appeared on the posthumously released “Bad Vibes Forever” from the late, great lo-fi XXXTentacion, “A Love Letter to You 4” from Trippie Redd, and the “No. 6 Collaborations Project” from Ed Sheeran. PnB had made noticeable contributions to the “Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 2” compilation, the ”Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever” mixtape series from Fabolous, and the Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz track, “Fendi.” And his own, then, new full-length, “TrapStar Turnt PopStar,” and its mix of creamy R&B and curt trap-hop had hit the top of the Billboard albums chart.
What a difference nearly two years and a pandemic make.
Save for April’s drop, “Need Somebody,” a single from his forthcoming anticipated studio album, with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheung, and a feature on drill rapper Bizzy Banks’ “Adore You” in June, PnB has been quiet. Until this week, when, almost two years after he was arrested on marijuana and gun charges, Pnb was sentenced to spending three years on probation after pleading guilty in court.
Who gets nailed or jailed for weed anymore?
Though he will complete 100 hours of community service and have his parole supervision transferred to California, leaving PnB with any sort of record seems unfair, especially since Rock is a pretty upstanding citizen. And so many of his hip hop brethren – I’m looking at you Meek Mill – are all over the truth and justice tip and reform jawn.
So. Free Pnb Rock. At least in enough time for his new album to drop.