On February 19 Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was tragically gunned down in Los Angeles. It was an absolute nonsensical act of violence that cut down one of Brooklyn’s rising stars and de facto top dog of the borough’s drill sound.
(Imagine if Pop was alive when Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel get released from prison this year…)
His family and estate, determined to keep his memory and legacy alive, have kept their promise and has released his debut album, Shoot For the Stars, Aim For the Moon. Quasi-kerfuffle over the album’s artwork aside, the album was pushed from its original June 12 due date due to the worldwide protests against racism.
Executive produced by 50 Cent (who is also a featured artist as well), the likes of DaBaby, Lil Baby, Future, Quavo, Rowdy Rebel, Tyga, Karol G and King Combs. Led by “Make It Rain,” the album can be streamed below.