Pop Smoke was a rising star. One of the talents that everyone had their eyes on. Last year, Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party” went viral. It signified the breakout of another exciting prospect. It grabbed American fans attention for its new and unique sound. It captivated UK fans for its homely sound. Drill had flourished under the likes of Chief Keef in Chicago but the United States were still yet to embrace Drill as a genre. American fans have been obsessed with the Rap & Hip-Hop sound. The sound of the typical Rap or Hip-Hop track has now changed. The fusion of Trap has changed the landscape. In the UK, the Drill story was a bit different. Whilst Drill has had a similar rise with it flourishing on the underground, it received a lot more of a bad wrap by the media. Growing at such a rate, it was blamed for the increase in the inner UK cities. Drill was now finally being recognised globally.
Linking up with UK Drill producer, 808 Melo, on his breakout hit, Pop Smoke’s sound was immediately bought into by UK Drill fans and artists. “Welcome to the Party” created so much momentum in the States and the UK that it gained respective remixes from Nicki Minaj and Skepta. The UK Drill beat mixed with Pop Smoke’s deep and husky tone created a perfect blend.
A relevantly new sound, Pop Smoke still resonated with many older Hip-Hop & Rap fans as his tone and voice was not too dissimilar to that of a younger 50 Cent. Pop also brought the energy that 50 bought in his early years. Pop Smoke was creating and releasing music at an unstoppable rate. Meet the Woo was dropped last year and Meet the Woo 2 was only released a couple of weeks ago. Meet the Woo 2 debuted at #7 in the US.
For a young artist, he had the Drill genre in his hands and was really make waves to bridge the gap between the UK & US scene. Many people may tip their hats to Drake for his contribution to the UK scene. This is rightly done so. At the same time, Pop Smoke should get the same respect. Who knows what collaborations Pop Smoke had in the pipeline with UK artists.
So fans and the music world has been sadden today by the loss of Pop Smoke. The news broke and flooded news feeds that Pop Smoke had been murdered after a home invasion turned violent. The rapper was only 20 years old. The American Urban music scene is still sitting back and questioning what is going on after the promising career of Pop Smoke has come to an abrupt and tragic end. Less than a year ago, Nipsey Hussle was murdered, less than five months ago Juice Wrld passed away and now Pop Smoke. May his music continue his legacy and inspire more young aspiring artists.
R.I.P Bashar Barakah Jackson aka. Pop Smoke. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.Embed from Getty Images
Listen to Pop Smoke’s latest project, Meet the Woo 2 on Spotify below: