Tee Grizzley has opened up about losing his friend PnB Rock, who was with the Detroit rapper at his engagement party the day before his death.
In an interview with Bootleg Kev, Grizzley said losing Rock was hard because he remained one of his only real friends in the industry, and said celebrating his engagement alongside him was “lit.”
“Man that was fucked up bro, that was hard,” Grizzley said. “I feel like I lost a genuine friend in this shit, and genuine friends in this business is hard to come by, so that was tough.”
PnB Rock was gunned down on September 12 while dining with his girlfriend at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles. Investigators caught a break in the case when they apprehended a 17-year-old suspect they believe fired the shots that killed the Philadelphia rapper.
According to TMZ, the teen son of Freddie Lee Trone — the man police believe drove the getaway car — was taken into custody on charges of first-degree murder. Soon after, authorities apprehended Lee Trone himself as well as the boy’s stepmother Shauntel Trone, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact.
Tee Grizzley and PnB Rock had a close relationship while the latter was alive. To celebrate the release of Rock’s EP 2 Get You Thru The Rain back in December, Grizzley gifted his friend $10,000 in cash.
“Hey man, I just pulled up on my geyser, and he came through man, gave me new cologne’s and shit,” PNB said in an Instagram video as he held up a Neiman Marcus bag. He puts the bag down and removes a wad of $10,000.
“This my brudda!” PNB called out.
“Yessir,” Grizzley replied. “That’s what we smell like.”
“I’m just walking you through everything that happened in the trenches,” Grizzley said of the project, which is divided into different chapters. “Not everything, but some of the stuff that happens every day.”
In a separate interview with HipHopDX, Tee Grizzley said making a film so heavily based in the hood required experience and sensitivity to the lifestyle.
“You got to have some type of experience with this stuff,” he told DX. “You got to have some type of experience, you got to have imagination and you got to be creative. You got to have experience because you got to know how people will respond to certain things.”
He continued: “You got to have imagination because you got to put some great shit in there. And then with creativity, you got to have that because, at the end, how will you leave people wanting more of this?”