The late Pop Smoke will have a posthumous debut album released on June 12th.
The New York rapper was making waves on the New York Drill scene that ended up circulating worldwide with the release of his breakout hit “Welcome To The Party”. Since then, he dropped two mixtapes entitled “Meet the Woo” and “Meet the Woo 2”, with the latter dropping back in February. Becoming a figurehead of the New York Drill sound whilst infusing the sound with UK Drill by connecting to well known UK Drill producers. All highlighting that Pop Smoke was not looking to stick to one avenue and wanted to branch himself out further. None more shown on the remix of H.E.R’s hit “Slide”. The release of his second mixtape came shortly before he was fatally shot dead in Los Angeles.
His sound and work had brought on comparisons to 50 Cent’s rise back in 2002/2003 with his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Back in March, 50 even stated that he would like to executive produce Pop’s debut album. In numerous Instagram post’s and an Instagram Live, he confirmed that he was working on it and called on numerous artists such as Roddy Ricch, Drake and Chris Brown for it. Furthermore, in the same Insta Live, he stated that he was doing it for the love of Pop and not any financial gain. Other details regarding title, features or a track list are yet to have been announced or confirmed though.
Steven Victor is behind the recording label that Pop Smoke was signed to, Victor Victor. Last night, Steven dropped a picture on Instagram indicating that the album would be dropped on the 12th of June. The image is potentially the album cover as well.
Last week, the Victor Victor Instagram page released a statement on behalf of the label and Pop Smoke’s family. “He was all things one could hope for in an artist, friend, leader and partner. Pop’s passing leaves us all broken hearted with a wound that will never heal”. The statement goes on to say that “Throughout the next year we will be sharing new music, as we continue to build Pop’s legacy”.
Long live Pop Smoke and let’s keep his legacy going.
Via Spotify, listen to Pop Smoke’s last project, Meet the Woo 2 below: