Ice-T has a word of advice for any rapper visiting L.A.: This city is no place to show off your bling.
His remarks come in the wake of a robbery in South Los Angeles this week that killed Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock on Monday afternoon.
“People Are Still Telling Me About My Comments About LA Gang Culture,” Actor-Rapper tweeted Wednesday morning. “If you notice, L.A. rappers don’t wear a lot of jewelry… Me, Snoop, Cub, Dre, Game, Kendrick.. The list goes on.. It’s not because we broke up. LA is just a dangerous The place is there, rapper or not. Why test the roads.”
Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore said Tuesday that the gunman who killed 30-year-old PNB Rock at the Roscoe House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant demanded jewelry and other valuables before clashing with the rapper and setting fire to it.
The brazen robbery happened when the artist’s girlfriend location-tagged him in an Instagram post—since deleted—as being at the restaurant. Police are probing whether this was the reason for the attack.
The Rock, born Rakim Allen, was “enjoying a simple meal” when he was “brutally attacked,” Moore said. The police have put pawn shops on alert about the artist’s stolen jewelry and other items, which may help in solving the crime.
The Rock’s lawyer, Don Florio, told The Times on Monday that he had advised his client to be careful of what he posts on social media when he started working with him. “You can’t tell people where you’re going,” she said.
“‘La… the home of the bodybag…’ someone said that 30 years ago…,” wrote Ice-T on Wednesday a follow up tweetReferencing their 1991 track “Home of the Bodybag”.
Instagram has been at the center of a number of high-profile crimes in recent years. New York City rapper Pop Smoke – real name Bashar Barkah Jackson – was killed during an armed robbery in the Hollywood Hills in February 2020. Jackson accidentally revealed the address he was staying at in an Instagram post showing a luxury cloth bag.
The robbery suspects, four of whom were charged with murder in July 2020, fled with a watch they had sold for $2,000.
Similarly, Kim Kardashian was the victim of an armed robbery in her Paris hotel room in 2016 after repeatedly posting her locations and showing off her jewelry and other expensive items on social media.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.