Pop Smoke would have been 22 today.
Considered by many to be the face of Brooklyn Drill, Pop was born and raised in Brooklyn, and began his music career with his debut single “MPR (Panic Part 3 Remix)”. He rose to fame with his singles “Welcome to the Party” and “Dior” in 2019.
After his rise to fame, producer Rico Beats introduced Pop Smoke to Steven Victor, who would sign Pop to a record deal with Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records. His first mixtape Meet the Woo would drop in July 2019, and was followed by his second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, in 2020, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200.
Two weeks after the release, Pop Smoke was murdered during a home invasion in Los Angeles, and 50 Cent became the executive producer of his posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.
Released on July 3, 2020, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and all 19 tracks from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The album spawned a string of international top 10 singles , including “For the Night” (featuring DaBaby and Lil Baby) and “What You Know Bout Love”. A year later, Republic Records released Pop Smoke’s second album Faith on July 16, 2021.
It was truly a loss to see what the look of hip hop would be like right now if Pop hadn’t passed, but his debut album has established itself as a modern classic that will keep Pop’s name in mind in thinking of today’s best of the best. generation.
Happy Birthday Pop Smoke!
TO TEAR APART
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