The Welcome To The Party rapper was shot and killed at his home in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday 19th February in what has been described by police as a ‘targeted’ hit, according to Metro.
Early Wednesday morning, up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed at the home he was renting in the Hollywood Hills. Real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, Pop Smoke was on the forefront of Brooklyn’s exploding drill movement which is a genre of music that originates and takes inspiration from Chicago and UK drill.
At around 4:30 a.m., police say an unknown number of suspects, including one wearing a mask and carrying a weapon, entered the Hollywood Hills house where Pop Smoke was staying and fatally shot the rapper. He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he died a few hours later.
Fans and internet investigators initially believed Pop Smoke’s death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. Earlier, Pop Smoke had posted photos on social media showing large amounts of money, designer goods, and a luxury car. His friend Mike Dee also posted images, including one in which the home’s address can be partially seen in the background. The rapper also posted a story on Instagram and Facebook of designer bags, and the house’s full address could be read on the packaging. Authorities are aware that the address was shared online, but are not drawing any conclusions about motive.
According to those witnesses, four men went around to the back of house but only three returned to the front. The fourth suspect exited through the front door, presumably having entered through the back door. Multiple shots were heard inside the home. The man did not take anything with him from the home, according to those who saw the footage, which may mean the attack was not a robbery.
After loads of new-found success, including multiple albums with the latest release being “Meet the Woo 2” on the 7th of February 2020, it is such a shame to have to mourn such a prominent figure in the new wave of the music industry. Not only to mention that Pop Smoke was only 20 years old when he was killed, our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends and also his fans.
Sources: @realpopsmoke instagram, Metro, Vulture,