Known for his breakout single “Welcome to the Party,” New York’s Pop Smoke combined gravelly vocals with erratic production to become the face of Brooklyn’s rising drill scene. Meet the WooBorn and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Pop Smoke (born Bashar Jackson) got his start in music almost by accident: During studio sessions with various associates in 2018, Smoke secretly began to record his own vocals.
Couched firmly in Brooklyn’s rising drill scene, Smoke combined his booming, smoky vocals with the sonics of Chicago and London drill. After remixing Sheff G’s iconic “Panic, Pt. 3” for his debut single “MPR,” Smoke released follow-up single “Welcome to the Party,” produced by U.K. drill’s 808Melo. Racking up millions of streams in just days, Smoke’s single swiftly became Brooklyn drill’s biggest success thus far, prompting remixes from the likes of Skepta and Nicki Minaj. Capitalizing on his rapid rise, Smoke released his debut project Meet the Woo in July 2019, produced exclusively by 808Melo.