Rapper Pop Smoke Dead at 20
The rising star was shot and killed during an armed robbery
Pop Smoke was shot and killed this morning during a home invasion at his Hollywood Hills house, TMZ reports. Two men wearing masks and hoodies reportedly entered Pop Smoke's home around 4:30 a.m. local time and fired multiple shots.
Pop Smoke was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The two suspects have not been caught or identified as of press time.
The rising star was born Bashar Barakah Jackson in Brooklyn and earned his breakout single just last year with "Welcome to the Party." That track appeared on his debut mixtape Meet the Woo and went on to be remixed by Nicki Minaj and Skepta.
Later in 2019, Pop Smoke also collaborated on Travis Scott's JACKBOYS.
Earlier this month, he released his second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2. It features appearances from Quavo and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. A deluxe edition of the mixtape was released with additional guests including Nav, Gunna and PnB Rock.
Read some of the social media tributes pouring in for the young hip-hop star below.
Jesus Christ.....Pop Smoke is gone?! Wtf!!!?— RootsPicnic2020 Now! (@questlove) February 19, 2020
Rest Up Pop Smoke, you were too young. God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 19, 2020
Pop Smoke was 20 years oldddddd... and so fuckin nice.... and talented!!!!!! i am sooooo SORRY!!!! this so sad... wow wow... what is happening.. fuckin wow— Kehlani (@Kehlani) February 19, 2020
damn i meant to block someone n that shit deleteddddddddd— Kehlani (@Kehlani) February 19, 2020
rest up pop smoke!! 20 years old, hella sweet FREAKISHLY talented. shit sick out here. prayers to his family forreal
Shocked and disgusted about the murder of Pop Smoke. I cannot believe we are here again. Heartbreaking.— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) February 19, 2020
RIP Pop Smoke. The world is crazy man. Full of jealousy and hate. Find your happy and go ghost on the world. Never give them too much information. Keep to yourself and your space!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) February 19, 2020
CMON MAN!!!! HE WAS ONLY 20😭😭😭 RIP POP SMOKE!!!— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 19, 2020
R.I.P to my man Pop Smoke, No sympathy for winners. 🕊God bless him pic.twitter.com/5ZFa5ILUzl— 50cent (@50cent) February 19, 2020
Texting me worried I love you for that !!!!!!! But rip pop smoke— DURKIOOO🦅 (@lildurk) February 19, 2020
God bless Pop Smoke mama, RIP King 👑 🙏🏽— Cordae (@YbnCordae) February 19, 2020
Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up & Pop Smoke dead. That's brazy.... 20 years old, damn.— The Game (@thegame) February 19, 2020
I was just thinking yesterday that Pop Smoke was like the new 50. The voice the wit with a new energy. I started to follow his career and dig a little into his discography recently And I had "Baby" in his voice stuck in my head for like a week.— "DROGAS WAVE" & "BeatNPath" NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) February 19, 2020
may God have mercy on you & yours
my heart breaks for pop smoke. his mother , his family, his boys. prayers to everyone around him. sad world we live in. from God we come , to him we return 🙏🏾— Jazz Cartier (@JazzCartier) February 19, 2020