Chinx (real name Lionel Pickens) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Queens, New York, in 2015. He was 31. In the latest episode of WE TV’s Hip hop murderwhich aired on Thanksgiving Day Thursday (November 24), French recalled meeting Chinx for the first time.
“I met Chinx in Yonkers. He used to come around the studio; he was crazy humble, quiet, [he] used to just sit there and observe,” French told host Van Lathan. “Then I started hearing his music and I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s got something.'”
“He had just come home from prison, he was trying to get into music and he was serious,” French Montana added, before explaining what made Chinx (formerly Chinx Drugs) stand out. “He loved music – that’s what he and I had in common. Music was our therapy.
French praised his work ethic, saying Chinx “knew what it took” while explaining that he was very good at “changing his flows” and he “knew how to adapt.”
French then said that he felt Chinx was actually a better rapper than him before putting his friend among Hip Hop’s best. “He was 10 times better than me,” he said. “Because he saw all my faults. He was like a better version. Man, if Chinx was alive, Chinx would be Top 5.”
Two gunmen were arrested in the 2015 murder of Chinx. According to New York Police Lt. Richard Rudolph, Quincy Homere and Jamar Hill allegedly killed Chinx over a dispute that arose while Chinx and Homer were both incarcerated at Rikers Island in 2009.
In December 2017, just over two years after Chinx’s death, Homer and Hill were arrested and charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Next month, Chinx’s long-awaited posthumous project will be released Chinx Drugz 6.
According to Billboardthe late rapper’s new mixtape is set to hit streaming services on Dec. 2, just two days shy of what would have been his 39th birthday.
CD6 is set to feature a number of high-profile guests, including Migos stars Quavo and Offset and Griselda’s Benny The Butcher, as well as Chinx’s brother JFK WAXX. It will serve as Chinx’s first posthumous project since 2016’s Legends never die.
December is set to be a special month for Chinx fans as he is also scheduled to make a guest appearance on French Montana’s upcoming mixtape Coke Boys 6: Money Heist Edition — the latest installment in the heralded series that helped fuel Chinx’s rise to stardom.