Man Implicated in PNB Rock Murder Clears His Name – Rolling Stone

Within the aftermath of Philadelphia rapper PNB Rock’s homicide in Los Angeles earlier this month, a Minnesota man has come ahead to clear his title after being implicated by the rap blogosphere. Emmanul Danquah, aka South Facet Chief, is a Minneapolis-based videographer and media character who had a pair of Instagram Reside arguments with PNB Rock over an allegedly stolen shirt design. Within the days after PNB Rock’s deadly taking pictures whereas eating at a South L.A Roscoe’s Hen and Waffles, the clips have been shared on YouTube and social media platforms, rebranded with sensationalist titles describing him because the killer. Regardless of there being no proof that Danquah is a suspect within the homicide, YouTubers and rap weblog accounts determined to misrepresent their 2021 disagreement as one which befell days, even minutes, earlier than PNB Rock’s taking pictures.

Danquah has tried to push again in opposition to the rumor on-line, saying that he had nothing to do with the homicide, and that he and PNB Rock have been on cordial phrases. “I didn’t have something to do with it,” he mentioned throughout an interview on the Drea O Present YouTube account. “I wasn’t there, I didn’t make an ‘OG telephone name’ or something.” 

Danquah instructed present host Drea Oppan that he and PNB Rock argued on Instagram final 12 months after the rapper used a photograph from the post-George Floyd rebellion that Danquah had beforehand used for a shirt design that gained notoriety in Minneapolis. When PNB Rock posted the shirt, that includes an image of a burning constructing, to his Instagram accounts, folks tagged Danquah, and the 2 finally confronted one another on IG Reside. Throughout one of many exchanges, PNB Rock exclaimed to viewers, “give this man all of the clout he need, he simply reachin.’” The 2 males went forwards and backwards, then Danquah threatened to take PNB Rock’s chain off his neck, and requested, “the place you at?” On the finish of the session, after PNB Rock referred to as him a “bitch” and logged off, Danquah mentioned, “guess, I’mma make you eat that.” YouTubers linked these feedback to PNB Rock’s deadly theft, the place jewellery was taken from him, and ran wild.

Regardless of the unlucky coincidence of Danquah’s statements, he says that he performed up the disagreement to capitalize off of the newfound consideration. “I’m figuring out in my head, ‘okay, I’m lastly getting the nationwide consideration for this, I’mma play it out like this,’” he instructed YouTuber TruthTeller TV in one other interview. “However every thing that I’m standing on is actual shit…you actually took my shirt.” Danquah admits that “it wasn’t a lot for me to do besides poke at him on-line,” however his makes an attempt so as to add “gasoline” to their disagreement ended up backfiring due to the web. 

Sadly, this isn’t the primary time that on-line sleuths have falsely implicated folks in murders. Within the aftermath of Younger Dolph’s demise in November 2021, a number of Instagram accounts sprouted up poring over surveillance footage and social media exercise of different Memphis-area rappers to theorize who was concerned. In a March function with Advanced, YouTuber Minimize 2 Da Chase, who closely chronicled the Dolph homicide, mentioned that he reviews on the conjecture of open circumstances as a result of he needs to “get justice for folks.”

TMZ reported final week that the LAPD was “beneath the impression [that PNB Rock’s murder] may’ve been greater than only a random theft … quite the opposite, it could have been a deliberate execution by a foe.” An LAPD supply refutes that description, telling Rolling Stone that “right now that we’ve not established a motive and we’re NOT ‘beneath the impression’ that this might need been a deliberate execution. We take a look at each angle in each murder. It will be irresponsible to not take a look at all the probabilities.”

Danquah instructed Oppan that he hasn’t been contacted by police in PNB Rock’s homicide, and says that regardless that he wasn’t concerned, the Ghanian-American isn’t wanting ahead to the potential questioning due to “how they deal with folks like us.” It’s price noting that their preliminary disagreement stemmed from a photograph taken throughout a protest of George Floyd’s unjust police killing. 

Whereas Danquah and PNB Rock had a rancorous introduction, Danquah says the 2 have been on good phrases when PNB handed, allegedly planning an exhibition boxing match. In one other video Danquah confirmed screenshots of the 2 interacting in regards to the combat on Instagram. “He was an actual one,” Danquah instructed Drea O. “He was gonna give me a chance to vary each of our lives with this combat that we have been selling.” Regardless of Danquah clearing his title, the YouTube clips type-casting the Minnesota native as an “LA goon” are nonetheless up, indicating that the reality might not be as profitable as a salacious idea. He instructed Oppan that in terms of being labeled a assassin, “it’s a bunch of various feelings, as a result of I’m self-made earlier than this..for the web to place that label on me by taking some video out of context…I can’t put it in a single emotion.”

He says that for him, the ethical of this story is “double-check your information,” and “assume twice [about] what you wanna put on-line, trigger you by no means know the way it can come again and chunk you.”

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