It's been one year to the day that Pop Smoke tragically and senselessly lost his life to gun violence. The Brooklyn, New York native was on the cusp of stardom at the time.
Pop, born Bashar Jackson, found immediate commercial success with the release of his 2019 debut mixtape, "Meet the Woo." It spawned the hit songs "Dior" and "Welcome to the Party." As "Welcome to the Party" gained momentum, both Nicki Minaj and U.K. rapper Skepta hopped on it for two separate remixes.
The 20-year old went on to release "Meet the Woo 2" in February of 2020, and was working on his debut album when he died. The 50 Cent-executive produced posthumous project titled "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" debuted at number 1 on Billboard, when it was released on July 3, 2020.
Hit songs off of the album included "The Woo," "What You Know Bout Love," "Mood Swings," "For the Night," "The Woo," "Got It on Me" and "Something Special." All of them charted in the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, with "For the Night" peaking at number 6.
Pop Smoke accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and his music will live on forever.
May he rest in peace.
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