On May 17, 2015, Chinx, born Lionel Pickens, was shot and killed in his native Queens, New York. It was a tragedy that took the life of a father, son, friend, and budding rap star too soon. A year later, the case is still unsolved — while his musical legacy is still unfolding.
The latest chapter comes with “Like This,” a new song, released on the anniversary of his death, which features Chrisette Michele and Meet Sims. It put Chinx’s special skills on display — the same talents he showed on some of his biggest songs, like “Off the Rip” and “Feelings” — mixing an ability to craft catchy hooks with slick verses.
The single is a warm up for Chinx’s upcoming second posthumous album, Legends Never Die, is due out on July 8.