Brooklyn up and coming rapper Pop Smoke was murdered this morning in a home invasion/robbery.
According to TMZ:
The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house … this according to law enforcement sources. We’re told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.
Bashar Barakah (Pop Smoke) Jackson was 20 years old and got into music in 2018 while hanging around other recording artists during their studio sessions. He initially began by remixing popular songs within the New York City drill music scene, before embarking on creating original music which catapulted him to fame.
In a Genius interview, he stated that his artist name of Pop Smoke is a combination of Papa (a nickname given to him by his Panamanian grandmother) and Smoke Oh Guap (a nickname given to him by childhood friends).
In April 2019, he released his breakout single, “Welcome to the Party”, the lead single of his debut mixtape, Meet the Woo (2019). The song was later remixed, featuring Nicki Minaj and Skepta in August 2019. Other well-known songs of his include: “Mpr”, “Flexin” and “Dior”.
Since the popularity of “Welcome to the Party”, he has collaborated with other popular artists on singles such as: “War” featuring Lil Tjay, “100k on a Coupe” featuring Calboy. In December, Pop was featured on “Gatti” with JackBoys and Travis Scott in, which was featured on the JackBoys (2019) album by Scott and his Cactus Jack members.
In February 2020, Pop Smoke released his second mixtape Meet the Woo 2 with features from Quavo, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Fivio Foreign and Lil Tjay. The following week of its release, a deluxe edition was released featuring three new songs including: “Wolves” with Nav, Dior (Remix) with Gunna and “Like Me” with PnB Rock.
Tweets around the world going up in his honor…. RIP Pop Smoke.
RIP POP 💔
— Davido (@davido) February 19, 2020
I wanted him to win so bad
— Count Rackula aka 2Cup Shakur aka Durt Cobain aka. (@MeechIsDEAD) February 19, 2020
RIP POP SMOKE….this is sad man. Death over a home invasion ?? Is this the extent people are willing to go for material gain smh… my sincere apologies & prayers to his family. Lord we need you !
— Michael Dapaah (@MichaelDapaah) February 19, 2020
RIP Pop!!!! Shit don’t even feel real man. 🙏🏽💙💔
— ALSO (@ALSOMC) February 19, 2020
That’s crazy af RIP Pop Smoke
— DJ Trap-A-Holics (@TRAPAHOLICS) February 19, 2020
Pop Smoke dead at 20 years old. Wow the hate come free… dude was on the come up. Wild times
— 🐐Kanise (@PATTYGOTCAKE) February 19, 2020