Another life lost far too soon. Rapper Pop Smoke is dead at just 20-years-old.
Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was just starting to emerge as an artist to watch, especially after dropping the hit of the summer, “Welcome To The Party”. Smoke all just released his second mixtape “Meet The Woo 2” this month and had everyone from Nicki Minaj to 50 Cent buzzing about his skills. But all of the hype came to an untimely end when his life was cut short on Wednesday, February 19th.
According to TMZ:
The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house … this according to law enforcement sources. We’re told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.
Apparently, there was a house party at Pop’s home just hours before the shooting. There are theories that the young rapper may have been set up.
Fans and colleagues of Smoke posted their condolences on Twitter…
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
Honestly… I’m exhausted 💔 💔💔
RIP Bashar Barakah Jackson pic.twitter.com/lE8tNfmRQQ
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) 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
Damn this so shit fuckin wack. You made the whole city proud. RIP Pop Smoke
— Bas (@Bas) February 19, 2020
Dude.. Pop Smokes last tweet was 2 hours ago and now everyone’s saying RIP… smh 💔
— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) February 19, 2020
Rip Pop Smoke ppl don’t value life bruh they take so much for granted 🙏🏽hope they catch them 🙏🏽prayers to his family and friends and fans this is crazy
— Big Freedia (@bigfreedia) February 19, 2020
Also, Smoke’s best friend, who he was seen with just hours before being shot, has spoken out and put to rest rumors that he was in any way responsible for setting his friend up…
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CANT NOTHING EXPRESS THE PAIN IM FEELING ….I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER, MY HEART MY DAWGZ💙YOU GUYS HAVE NO TYPE OF SENSE OR SYMPATHY ! YALL DONT KNO WHATS GOING ON YALL COME ON HERE PLAYING INVESTIGATOR AND BASHING ME ON THE INTERNET, I WOULD NEVER IN MY LIFE SET MY BROTHER UP, WE ATE TOGETHER , BROKE BREAD TOGETHER THIS REALLY MY MOTHER CHILD I DONT GOTTA EXPLAIN NOTHING TO NOBODY THAT DONT KNO ME BUT FOR THE ONES WHO KNOW ME KNOW WHEN YOU SAW ME YOU SAW POP 💯WE LIVE IN SUCH A FUCKED UP SOCIETY YALL GOTTA WAKE UP💡 JUST KNO I GOT YOU FOREVER BROTHER THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT UNTIL THEN SLEEP IN PEACE 😔😔😔…