Pop Smoke was a popular young American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Pop Smoke won the “Best New Hip-Hop Artist” award at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Pop Smoke was born on July 20, 1999, and he was 20 years old when he passed away on 19 February 2020. His full name is Bashar Barakah Jackson and his zodiac sign is Cancer. Further, Pop Smoke was originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Talking about his family, his mother is a Jamaican whereas his father is a Panamanian. Hence, his ethnic background is Jamaican-Panamanian. Pop’s mother’s name is Audrey and his father is Greg Jackson. Regarding his educational journey, Pop Smoke attended nine different schools. This was while he was growing up in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Likewise, Pop Smoke played the African drums in his local church when he was a child. Later on, Pop Sugar was expelled from eighth grade. The reason was that young Pop Smoke brought a gun to school. Following this, Pop Smoke spent two years on house arrest after being charged with possessing a weapon.
Further, Pop Smoke started playing basketball as a point and shooting guard. He later relocated to Philadelphia to enroll in Rocktop Academy. Pop Smoke was later forced to leave after being diagnosed with a heart murmur. Sadly, young Pop Smoke later turned to street life.
Pop Smoke was a professional rapper, singer, and songwriter. Many considered the young rapper as the face of the Brooklyn drill. Pop Smoke began his musical career in the year 2018. It started when Pop Smoke visited the recording studio with fellow rapper Jay Gwuapo. After Jay Gwuapo got high on drugs, the young rapper went into a booth and tried rapping for the first time.
The late rapper immediately cemented himself in the rap scene with viral hits named Meet the Woo and Welcome to the Party. Pop Smoke then dropped a mixtape called Meet the Woo Volume 1 in the summer of 2019. Rapper Pop Smoke started becoming a household name towards the beginning of the year 2019.
Furthermore, Pop Smoke joined Pusha T on the stage during the Best Day Ever festival in Coney Island. Cardi B posted an Instagram video of herself singing Welcome to the Party, originally by Pop Smoke.
Initially, Pop Smoke used a beat he got from 808Melo’s YouTube channel. Pop Smoke then recorded his debut single titled Mpr (Panic Part 3 Remix). Pop then often collaborated with UK drill artists and producers. The late rapper also employed more minimal and aggressive instrumentation than drill artists from Chicago.
The late rapper then rose to fame with the release of his breakout single called Welcome to the Party in the year 2019. Following Pop Smoke’s rise to fame, Rico Beats introduced him to Steven Victor in April 2019. Victor later had pop Smoke sign a recording contract with “Victor Worldwide” and “Republic Records”.
The late rapper released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo in July 2019. He then released his second mixtape called Meet the Woo 2 on 7 February 2020. His second mixtape debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and it became the rappers’ first top-10 hit in the United States.
Less than two weeks after the release of the mixtape, the late rapper was fatally shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles. Fellow rapper, 50 Cent, executive produced Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut studio album. This album is called Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, and 50 Cents released the album on 3 July 2020.
Further, this album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. All the 19 tracks from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, this album spawned a string of international top-10 singles. Among them are the singles For the Night and What You Know Bout Love.
On 19 February 2020, Pop Smoke was renting a house owned by Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave. It was in Hollywood Hills, California. At around 4:30 a.m., four hooded men broke into the house and shot him twice in the chest. One of them was wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun.
Someone from the East Coast called the LAPD and shared the news of the home invasion. The police arrived at the home six minutes after the call. They found the young rapper with multiple gunshot wounds. Immediately, they rushed the wounded young rapper to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. There, the doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of the late rapper’s chest.
A few hours later, they pronounced Pop Smoke dead at the age of 20 years old. Later, on February 21, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed that the cause of Pop Smoke’s death was a gunshot wound to the torso.
The investigators believed that the house was a target for home invasions following a string of robberies that took place at homes rented by musicians. The LAPD at first considered that the rapper’s death was gang-related. They suspected/considered this because Pop Smoke was tied to the Crips.
However, the LAPD later believed that the rapper’s death was the consequence of a home robbery gone wrong. Further, Pop Smoke was dating Alyssa Danielle, aka Yummy Yellow, at the time of his demise.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Pop Smoke was a very handsome person. The late rapper was at a tall height of 5 feet 5 inches and his body weight was 59 Kgs. Pop Smoke’s chest-waist-bicep measures were 35-30-14 inches respectively. Further, the late rapper had dark brown eyes and hair of the same color. Pop Smoke also had numerous tattoos on various parts of his body.
Talking about his social media presence, the young late rapper is available on Instagram as @realpopsmoke and on Twitter as @popsmoke10. The rapper then joined Twitter in May 2019 and has over 220.7K followers and on Instagram, the late rapper shared 48 posts and garnered over 3.6 million followers.