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.

Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon

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Today, the family of Bashar "Pop Smoke" Jackson is announcing SHOOT FOR THE STARS, a (501(c)(3)) foundation established by Pop Smoke prior to his passing and led by his mother. "The foundation is meant to inspire inner city youth to do just what the name states, 'shoot for the stars,'" Ms. Jackson says, "and help urban youth everywhere turn their pain into champagne by making their dreams a reality." "As [Bashar] traveled around the city, he realized that the technology he had access to during his school years was not the norm for urban schools." Says Ms. Jackson. "It was great fun brainstorming and planning [Shoot for the Stars] with him. I am looking forward to working with the team he put together before he was so tragically taken from us." With everything happening in the world today, I know Bashar would feel the urgency of need, now more than ever before, He strived to inspire youth and would have loved to see people playing his music and dancing in the streets while they marched in the fight for equality and justice. He made music, not only for the kids in his neighborhood but around the world, to inspire them to dream big regardless of their situation. The hope he carried for the next generation will live on through Shoot for the Stars. It was something that was very important to him and we're honored to continue his legacy. This is only the beginning." In summary, Ms. Jackson shares, "We make this announcement and look forward to Pop's debut album via Victor Victor."

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