Pop Smoke



Bashar Barakah Jackson (b. July 20, 1999, d. February 19, 2020), better known by his stage name Pop Smoke, was an American rapper and singer from Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York. He started getting popularity from his April 2019 single “Welcome To The Party,” which was boosted by support from Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg. Pop Smoke also used a signature and distinguishable UK drill-style rap in his music, frequently working with record producers AXL Beats and 808Melo. In an interview with Real 92.3 LA, Pop Smoke cited some of his main influences being American rappers 50 Cent, DMX, and Meek Mill. His debut mixtape, Meet the Woo, was released on July 26, 2019. On August 16, 2019, two remixes of “Welcome To The Party” were released, featuring rappers Nicki Minaj and Skepta. They both landed on the deluxe version and further boosted the song and Pop Smoke’s popularity. Pop Smoke continued his rise, collaborating with Houston rapper and singer Travis Scott and his record label JACKBOYS in December 2019, on the track “GATTI.” He continued his rise the following year, and released his second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, on February 7, 2020. Five days later, on February 12, he released the deluxe version. Tragically, Pop Smoke was shot and killed at 20 years old in a home invasion in Los Angeles, California on February 19, 2020. Following his death, two days later, on February 21, 2020, his first posthumous feature was on fellow New York rapper Trap Manny’s single “50k.” He then landed two more posthumous features by both his previous collaborators, both released on May 8, 2020. He was featured on Canadian rapper NAV’s track “Run It Up” and fellow New York rapper Lil Tjay’s track “Zoo York,” alongside fellow New York rapper Fivio Foreign. On July 3, 2020, Pop Smoke’s debut studio album and first posthumous project, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, was released. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 units in the first week, becoming his first #1 album. On July 20, what was supposed to be his 21st birthday, the deluxe version of the album was released. Throughout Pop Smoke’s career, he has worked with high-profile artists, such as Nicki Minaj, Skepta, Lil Tjay, Calboy, Travis Scott, Quavo, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Fivio Foreign, NAV, Gunna, and PnB Rock.

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