As music industry insiders and fans across the globe mourn rapper/singer PnB Rock, who was shot and killed on Monday (Sept. 12) at age 30, Billboard recalls the lasting impact that the multitalented performer left on multiple charts — including a No. 1 project on Top Rap Albums.
PnB Rock, born Rakim Allen, made his initial Billboard chart appearances in November 2016 with the breakthrough hit “Selfish.” The track debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on Nov. 12, 2016, at No. 48 and climbed to its No. 21 best by mid-January 2017. It also gave the then-rising talent hit his first stay on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, where it started at No. 87 and reached a No. 51 peak.
Seven more Hot 100 hits followed in his lifetime, spanning from 2017 to 2019. Here is PnB Rock’s full Hot 100 charting recap:
Title, Artist (if other than PnB Rock), Peak Position, Peak Date
“Selfish,” No. 51, Jan. 14, 2017
“Everyday We Lit,” YFN Lucci featuring PnB Rock, No. 33, Aug. 5, 2017
“Beast Mode,” A Boogie wit da Hoodie featuring PnB Rock & YoungBoy Never Broke Again, No. 86, Oct. 21, 2017
“Dangerous,” Meek Mill featuring Jeremih & PnB Rock, No. 31, Dec. 15, 2018
“Middle Child,” with XXXTentacion, No. 91, May 18, 2019
“Cross Me,” Ed Sheeran featuring Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock, No. 25, July 27, 2019
“Leave Em Alone,” with Layton Greene, Lil Baby & City Girls, No. 60, Nov. 23, 2019
“Bad Vibes Forever,” XXXTentacion featuring PnB Rock & Trippie Redd, No. 85, Dec. 21, 2019
In addition to those Hot 100 hits, several of the songs became major hits on various radio formats. “Leave Em Alone” topped the Rhythmic Airplay chart for three weeks, while “Everyday We Lit” reached No. 4. The same pair also yielded top 10 results on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay list, with “Alone” peaking at No. 3 and “Everyday” at No. 5, while “Dangerous” also logged time in the tier and finished at No. 2.
On the Billboard 200, PnB Rock posted three albums on the chart during his lifetime: GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions (No. 28 in 2017), Catch These Vibes (No. 17, 2017) and Trapstar Turnt Popstar (No. 4, 2019). The lattermost title also gave the artist his first No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart.
In total, PnB Rock accumulated 2.5 million equivalent album units in the U.S. in his career, according to Luminate, while his song catalog (of songs in which he was the lead artist) produced 3.5 billion on-demand official streams stateside.