Remembering Pop Smoke

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The short life of Pop Smoke was an eventful one. He was a new star on the rise, changing the rap scene, making him well known in the industry.

According to the LA Times, Pop Smoke was killed in a Hollywood Hills home invasion by masked gunmen only days after his latest album debuted in the Billboard’s Top 200. It was early in the morning, before 5 a.m. when someone from the East Coast had called the police to report that someone had broken into their friend’s home. When the police arrived, they found him on the floor with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead because of a shot to the torso. There is no information about who did it or what the motive was. 

Pop Smoke, born as Bashar Barakah Jackson, was an American rapper and songwriter signed to Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records. He was born on July 20, 1999. In an interview with the New York Times, the rapper said, “Where we come from, it ain’t sweet,” made him aware of how prominent the gang life was in his hometown of Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York. While he was there, he started dealing drugs, bought himself a car, spent two years on house arrest after catching a weapons charge, and more. His motivation for having to carry weapons was the kids who “got to carry their guns to school because it ain’t safe, but they still got to make sure they get they diploma ’cause they mom could be happy. I do it for them. That’s me,” he said.  

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Being an up and coming rapper from the streets of Brooklyn, Pop smoke was focused on changing the rap game. At his prime in music, he used beats created from UK producers which the sounds resembled much to rapper 50 Cent. With his recent debut on the Billboard Top 200, Pop Smoke was up and climbing the charts. Claiming his own name, he dropped an album, Meet The Woo, with nine songs and no features. Six months later, he dropped Meet The Woo Vol. 2 that picked up artists like Quavo, Gunna, and Lil Tjay. 

 CNN reports that only a month before his death Pop Smoke was just returning home from Europe when he was arrested at JFK National Airport. He had been accused of stealing a Rolls-Royce that was used for filming purposes. They charged him with a federal crime, “interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle”. He was later released on a $250,000 bail.

The rising rapper from Brooklyn’s drill scene has changed the game and his life will always be remembered. R.I.P Pop Smoke