Pop Smoke’s untimely death from an LA home invasion was a tragedy for hip-hop. The 20-year-old rising star quickly became the king of Brooklyn with his breakout single “Meet The Woo.” With the release of Meet The Woo 2, Pop had officially taken his seat on the throne of club-shaking drill music. The release date was originally pushed back. But, we’ve finally been given his debut full-length, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon.
The new album has some incredible features. You’ll find appearances from 50 Cent, Quavo, Lil Baby, Swae Lee, Tyga, Karol G, Lil Tjay, and more. There was some controversy surrounding the original cover art that Virgil Abloh revealed earlier this week. But, it seems like a different album cover was chosen that was designed by Ryder Ripps. This decision ultimately came from the backlash that fans initially gave.
Steven Victor is the head of the late Pop’s record label, Victor Victor, and oversaw the production and release of this album. Pop Smoke actually founded a 501 (c)(3) foundation prior to his passing. The Shoot For The Stars Foundation is now led by his mother and helps urban youth everywhere turn their pain into champagne by turning dreams into reality. This foundation will continue to set out to achieve what Pop intended to give to the youth—inspiration. His newest album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is a testament to his inspirational energy.
RIP Pop Smoke
When you listen to the album below, you can feel all of the eclectic energy that Pop Smoke had already established so early on in his career. He fits in perfectly among the star-studded cast of cameos he features throughout the album. It’s obvious that the smoke will never clear, and that Bashar “Pop Smoke” Jackson has left an indelible mark on music forever. With any following posthumous releases, the world will continue to celebrate the Woo.