In Memorium of Pop Smoke

In Memorium of Pop Smoke

In Memorium of Pop Smoke

A tragic loss as fans and friends grieve for the young artist, Pop Smoke.

A tragic loss as fans and friends grieve for the young artist, Pop Smoke.

Text: Hailee Milton

It has been an unbearable month for the black community, hip-hop culture, sports enthusiasts, the entertainment industry... and people in general. It is with heavy hearts that the young and rising star, Pop Smoke is amongst another celebrity dead within 2020. 

Miles from home in Hollywood Hills and years too soon, the up-and-coming Brooklyn artist touched hearts around the world as the news spread like wildfire. While it was important to remember Pop Smoke for his accolades as a rapper, Pop must be remembered for his humanity as well. Fans took to Twitter to express their anger, disbelief, fondest memories, and point blame. However, blame can be directed anywhere. A violent home-invasion and tragic murder took a life that had just hit the ground running. The news comes in light of the late artist dropping his hit single, “Welcome to the Party” and debut mixtape Meet the Woo Vol. 1 just a year before.

Bashar Barakah Jackson, who took the stage as Pop Smoke, is a brother, a friend, a role model, and so much more than this death will attempt to hold him to. In light of events that leave us speechless, we must speak. Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Swaelee, Tyga, Megan the Stallion, and Young Ma were among the thousands to speak on the recent and painful passing. Nicki Minaj reacted via Instagram with a resonating quote, “The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as a grave. Unbelievable. Rest in peace, Pop.” Rich the Kid mourned publicly in disbelief after speaking a meer 24 hours ago to Pop Smoke. 

Pop Smoke will be remembered for his smile, talent, honesty, authenticity, love, respectfulness, and willingness to learn amongst his long-lasting gift to fans...his voice. A Brooklyn-led candlelight vigil was held last night, in remembrance of the artist. Even on a cold February night, the warmth and love were in the air as this young and lively spirit is sadly laid to rest. 

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