The face of Brooklyn drill, Bashar Barakah Jackson, known as Pop Smoke, was an emerging American rapper who became famous for his debut mixtape, “Meet the Woo,” and “Meet the Woo, Vol. 2” debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With several collaborations in just a few years, he made remarkable songs and toured internationally for months.
Towering at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 33 on the UK Singles Chart, “Dior”, the second single off Meet the Woo, adorned as his first post-mortem music hit. Amid his success, he also had several legal issues he needed to deal with, one of which was the January 2020 incident in which he was arrested for stealing a Rolls-Royce Wraith, valued at USD375,000. But he was later on bailed out for USD250,000 and agreed to stay away from identified gang members by the police and had undergone drug tests.
Everyone was startled by his death last February 19, 2020, in Hollywood Hills, California. Shot twice in the chest, Pop smoke was robbed of his life at the age of 20. Despite all these, he made a remarkable legacy to today’s youth. He has been motivating people in his neighborhood to move away from the streets. Months after Pop Smoke’s death, his parents initiated a foundation, “Shoot for the Stars to help and inspire inner-city youth with a platform that helps achieve goals amidst living and growing up in difficult circumstances. If you’d want to know more about the New York Rap conqueror and his exceptional life story, check out the Homeless Penthouse True Origin Series feat. Pop Smoke.
“Producer Rico Beats explained Smoke started “telling kids, don’t go the gang route”, wanting to “be a better person”