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Coke Boys rapper Chinx Drugz (born Lionel Pickens) was shot and killed in Queens early this morning (May 17)

Lionel Pickens also known by his rap name Chinx Drugz , Member of French Montana’s Coke Boys, Killed in Drive-By Shooting in queens. Rest in Peace, Power,Paradise ..  King

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ARTICLE CREDITS : ABC NEWS REPORTS 

Queens-born rapper Lionel Pickens was in in his element and had no clue Saturday night would be his last performance.

Roughly an hour after cell phone video was taken of 31-year-old Lionel Pickens someone opened fire, fatally shooting the rapper. The windows on the driver’s side of his Porsche are now riddled with bullet holes. Another person was wounded, and is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital.

On Sunday night, a constant stream of mourners gathered in Queens to honor him the best way they know – by playing his music.

DJ Babyface spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. He was one of the last people to see Chinx alive, and said he didn’t have any problems with anybody Saturday night at the club.

“A lot of love from everybody,” he said, “the crowd just gave him the energy – he just kept on and on.”

Pickens left Red Wolf in Brooklyn and dropped a friend at the train on Queens Boulevard. At 4:04 a.m., police say another car drove up, and a gunman opened fire, striking Pickens multiple times.

“As soon as I heard gunshots, I ducked,” says eyewitness Raymond Rivera.

Rivera was up the block where Pickens, though shot, was able to drive his Porsche. Pickens then crashed his Porsche into another parked car.

“When he fell on the ground, he just laid there, he was motionless – he didn’t move, he didn’t scream,” Rivera adds.

Originally from Far Rockaway, Pickens was a member of fellow rapper French Montana’s ‘Coke Boys’.

In a statement, the Legion Media Group said:

“It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel Pickens this morning. He was 31. Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys. (Pickens’) dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered “(Pickens) was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,” said Publicist Chanel Rae, “Further more, he was a friend.”

An investigation is currently underway into the shooting. So far, police have no motive.

Wu-Tang Clan Will Sell Only One Copy Of Secret Double Disc Album

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Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.

The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. Soon, it will contain a different sort of art piece: the Wu-Tang Clan’s double-album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past few years.

Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album. And similar to a Monet or a Degas, the price tag will be a multimillion-dollar figure.

 

“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says Robert “RZA” Diggs, the first Wu-Tang member to speak on record about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, in an exclusive interview with FORBES. “We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music.  We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

Wu-Tang’s aim is to use the album as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, hoping the approach will help restore it to a place alongside great visual works–and create a shift in the music business, not to mention earn some cash, in the process. The one-of-a-kind launch will be a separate endeavor from the group’s 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which is set for a standard commercial release this summer.

According to RZA and the album’s main producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, a Morocco-based part of Wu-Tang’s extended family, the plan is to first take Once Upon A Time In Shaolin on a “tour” through museums, galleries, festivals and the like. Just like a high-profile exhibit at a major institution, there will be a cost to attend, likely in the $30-$50 range.

Visitors will go through heavy security to ensure that recording devices aren’t smuggled in; as an extra precaution, they’ll likely have to listen to the 128-minute album’s 31 songs on headphones provided by the venue. As Cilvaringz puts it: “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept.”

Though no exhibition dates have been finalized, Cilvaringz says Wu-Tang has been in discussions with a bevy of possible locations, including the Tate Modern (a representative from the institution did not respond to a request for comment). Other venues, including art galleries and listening tents at music festivals, could eventually round out the tour.

Once the album completes its excursion, Wu-Tang will make it available for purchase for a price “in the millions.” Suitors could include brands willing to shell out for cool points and free publicity (just as Samsung spent $5 million to buy copies of Jay Z’s latest album for its users) or major record labels hoping to launch the album through the usual channels (they’re used to paying top acts seven-figure advances).

There’s also the possibility that a wealthy private citizen could buy it and either keep the album or release it to the public for free in the name of democratizing a cultural artifact.

Onyx To Release New Album Produced By The Snowgoons

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Early-’90s hardcore rap crew Onyx are coming back together this year to release brand new album #Wakedafucup. Produced entirely by German crew Snowgoons, the forthcoming set seems to feature a throwback East Coast sound to match the record’s reminiscent name – Onyx’s 1993 debut LP was dubbed Bacdafucup, for those who missed the boom-bap history lesson. Snowgoons produced the last M.O.P. album titled Sparta as well produced the Goondox project consists of EPMD’s PMD & Sean Strange. The feature list goes from Sean Price, Reks, Cormega, Dope D.O.D., Snak The Ripper, Papoose, Makem Pay to A$ap Ferg.