Bashar Barakah Jackson (July 20, 1999 – February 19, 2020), known professionally as Pop Smoke , is a American rapper, singer and songwriter.
Born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Pop Smoke began his musical career in 2018, after a period as a drug dealer induced by dropping out of school; by collaborating with UK drill artists and producers, who often employed more minimal and aggressive instrumentation to its Chicago counterpart.
Pop Smoke quickly gained fame, and released his debut single " Welcome to the Party " in April 2019.
Pop Smoke then signed a recording contract with Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records, and released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo (2019).
The mixtape's second single, "Dior ", reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
His second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2 (2020), debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 .
It was released just under two weeks prior to Pop Smoke being fatally shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles.
His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (2020), was posthumously released and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200.
He began his music career in 2018 while hanging around other recording artists like Jay Gwuapo during their studio sessions, initially remixing popular songs within the New York City drill music scene, before embarking on creating original music.
In a Genius interview, he stated that his artist name of Pop Smoke is a combination of Poppa (a nickname given to him by his Panamanian grandmother) and Smoke (part of a nickname given to him by childhood friends).
In April 2019, Pop Smoke released his breakout single, " Welcome to the Party ", the lead single of his debut mixtape,Meet the Woo (2019).
The song was later remixed two times, one featuring Nicki Minaj and the other featuring Skepta in August 2019.
The song was noted for its usage of UK drill production, later commonly seen throughout his discography.
This was due to frequent collaborations with British drill producer 808Melo.
Other well-known songs of his include: "Mpr", "Flexin'" and "Dior ".
Following the rise to popularity of "Welcome to the Party", he collaborated with other popular artists on singles such as: "War" featuring Lil Tjay and "100k on a Coupe" featuring Calboy .
In December 2019, he collaborated on "Gatti" with JackBoys and Travis Scott , which is the last track on the JackBoys (2019) album by Scott and his Cactus Jack members.
In February 2020, Pop Smoke released his second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2 with features from Quavo, A Boogie wit da Hoodie , Fivio Foreign and Lil Tjay.
In five days of its release, a deluxe edition was released with three new songs: "Wolves" featuring Nav , "Dior (Remix)" featuring Gunna , and "Like Me" featuring PnB Rock.
Pop Smoke's manager Steven Victor announced on May 14, 2020, that Smoke's posthumous debut album will be released on June 12, 2020.
American rapper 50 Cent gave praise to the deceased rapper and expressed interest in finishing the album, with possible features from Roddy Ricch, Drake and Chris Brown, while also promising to get Pop Smoke's mother to an awards show.
In April, a documentary was announced to be in the works.
Nigerian singer Davido was later revealed to be featured on the posthumous album.
Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was originally set for release on June 12, 2020, but was released on July 3, 2020.
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