The news about Pop Smoke being killed on February 19, 2020, came as a shock to the industry. The rising rap star was so young and talented. It is time to pay tribute to the late musician and remember some surprising facts about him.
Born Bashar Barakah Jackson, the rapper was better known under his stage nickname. Pop Smoke age was only 20 when a bullet finished off his life.
Pop Smoke profile summary
- Date of birth: 20 July 1999
- Place of birth: New York City, NY, USA
- Pop Smoke ethnicity: Jamaican-Panamanian
- Occupation: Musician
- Date of death: 19 February 2020
Pop Smoke bio: His early life
On 20 July 1999, the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York City, welcomed a baby boy born to a Jamaican woman and a Panamanian man. The day was Pop Smoke birthday, an important date in contemporary rap music.
There is little to no information about the early life of the musician. It is known that he spent his childhood in the same section of Brooklyn where he was born. In 2018, he started developing his career as a musician.
To begin with, he hung around other artists who were recording their songs in studios, secretly recording his own vocals. Then, the talented young man moved forward and started remixing popular songs. After gaining some experience, he embarked on composing his own music.
When it was time to choose a nice stage nickname, the young artiste combined the nickname Papa, which he received from his paternal grandmother, and Smoke Oh Guap, which his old friends called him.
When interviewed about his life and other possible career choices, the rapper said that he had a dream of becoming a professional athlete. Football, baseball and basketball attracted him most.
To tell the truth, with Pop Smoke height estimated at 5ft 10 in and him having quite a powerful built, he could have become a great athlete.
Pop Smoke music
The young star made his debut in 2019. The very first song he released, Welcome to the Party, was the lead single from his first mixtape titled Meet the Woo.
Welcome to the Party was remixed by Nicki Minaj and Skepta.
If you decide to go looking for Pop Smoke albums, you need to know that he only managed to release two mixtapes. Meet the Woo was released in July 2019.
Meet the Woo 2 came out on 7 February 2020 (the deluxe edition was available on 12 February 2020).
The musician recorded a number of singles:
- Welcome to the Party
- War (feat. Lil Tjay)
- Drive the Boat
- Christopher Walking
- 100k on a Coupe (feat. Calboy), etc.
He also performed as a featured artist on 50k with Trap Manny, and on Mary Jane with Guido Dos Santos and Lil Tjay.
All the mentioned achievements looked like a very good start for the young rapper.
Pop Smoke dead
How did Pop Smoke die? The incident happened in Hollywood Hills, California, on 19 February 2020. Around 5:00 am, a group of people invaded the house where the musician was. One of the invaders was wearing a face mask; there was a handgun in his hands.
Somebody from the neighbourhood called the police after hearing the shooting. When the officers arrived and entered the house, the musician was there, wounded. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but it was too late. Pop Smoke died at the hospital.
Several days later, the LA coroner revealed that the death was caused by a fatal wound to the chest. The individuals suspected of the home invasion and murder fled the crime scene and have not been located yet. As authorities later revealed, there could be as many as six suspects involved in the crime.
At the time of his untimely passing, the musician was not married. The young man was in a relationship with Yummy Yellow.
When asked about his love life by a reporter not long before his tragic death, the musician downplayed the question and changed the subject smoothly.
You can still see Pop Smoke pictures on his Instagram profile and fan pages. It is terrible to think that the young, handsome, active man is no longer with us, but Pop Smoke Instagram pics keep the memory of the talented young artiste.
Almost immediately after the rapper’s tragic death, Twitter was flooded with condolences and tributes to the musician from his colleagues and friends. The musical world grieves over the untimely loss of Pop Smoke, and so do we, while listening to his music.