Rakim Hasheem Allen (born December 9, 1991), better known by his stage name PnB Rock , is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his 2015 Single, "Fleek" and 2016 single, " Selfish ", which has peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, Rock was chosen as part of the XXL Freshman Class.

Early life

Rakim Allen was born on December 9, 1991, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was primarily raised by his mother due to his father being murdered when he was 3 years old. In his teen years, he lived in Northeast Philadelphia. [6] He grew up listening to rapper 2Pac and R&B group Jodeci. [7] [8] At the age of 13, Rakim was sent to a youth detention program for committing robberies and fighting in school. When he turned 19, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison for drug possession and other crimes. Allen was homeless for a short period after being released from prison. [9] He never finished high school. [10] Allen later adopted the stage name PnB Rock, which is an acronym for Pastorius and Baynton, a street corner near where he grew up in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood. [10]


On June 24, 2014, PnB Rock released his debut mixtape, "Real N*gga Bangaz". He wrote the mixtape while he was incarcerated. [8] In 2015, PnB signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, and under the label, he released his first project with Atlantic titled RnB 3 which is his third mixtape. [11] In June 2016, he released the hit single, " Selfish ". The song peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. [5] In October 2016, Rolling Stone included him in their list of "10 New Artists You Need to Know". [13]

On January 13, 2017, he released his second retail mixtape album, GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions through Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution. The album debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 chart. [14] Subsequently, in April 2017, he participated in the soundtrack of The Fate of the Furious with 2 singles including " Gang Up " with Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa and "Horses" with Kodak Black and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. In June 2017, PnB Rock was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class". [28]

Personal life

Allen has four brothers including one with autism. [6] Allen has a daughter, born when Allen was 21. [16]