50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and others mourn the death of 20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke days after the release of, “Meet the Woo 2.”
Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon,” was released Friday, and the 20-track project has social media raving about the rapper’s career that was cut short.
The album comes just five months after the death of the 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper, who was gunned down during a home invasion. His murder still remains unsolved.
Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was at the brink of his music career, having released his second mixtape “Meet the Woo 2” just weeks before his death.
Pop Smoke’s album had many on social media, including his collaborators, ruminating on the rapper’s talent and his budding career.
“MY Brotha Jus Dropped POP Smoke I miss u Bro,” Quavo tweeted. “Pop Was My Real Patna!! Good To See Everybody Showing Love Now! God Gonna Do Work Regardless.”
@realaceno wrote: “Pop Smoke didn’t live to witness this great album(vibe) he gave us.. I’m sad man.”
Others expressed how Pop Smoke’s posthumous album turned them into fans after listening.
“I will not show fake love and pretend I listened to Pop Smoke before he died. But I’ve listened to his whole discography and after listening to his new album, we lost someone with so much talent and potential. His flow is unreal and his voice is a breath of fresh air. Rip,” tweeted @GreyHairedXXX.
Some people reflected on the late rapper’s unique sound and how he brought something new to the rap genre.
“Pop Smoke album brought back an element of music that has been missing in Rap/Hip-Hop for a long time. I understood every word clearly, beats were 🔥, joints for the streets, the ladies, north, south, east, & west,” wrote @Nj666B.
After an unprecedented 2020 that was seemingly filled with tragedy after tragedy, one person noted that Pop Smoke’s album was one of the good things of the year.
Most people expressed sadness at the idea that the rapper was gone and this would be the last project that would come from Pop Smoke.
“Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” also evoked a lot of different emotions from listeners.
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