Pop Smoke, the 20-year-old rapper who brought the raucous sound of Brooklyn drill to the world, was recently shot and killed in a home invasion only a few weeks after his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was released.
As we're forced to consider what a posthumous project may sound like, 50 Cent, a fellow New Yorker originally hailing from the borough of Queens, is stepping up to make sure it's done right.
Yesterday, 50 jumped on Instagram to let the world know about his new plans to help Pop and his camp. "i’m on the move listening to Pop smoke, i decided i’m gonna executive produce and finish his album for him," 50 said. Shortly after, 50 specifically called on Roddy Ricch to join the movement, and Roddy quickly responded in the comments with a "say less 🤝."
50 then recruited Drake and Chris Brown to hop on board, though neither has responded yet. As a man who never misses the chance to give someone a hard time, 50 simultaneously made fun of Chris Brown's new hairstyle, a half-and-half color combo of neon pink and blue. Smh. Similarly, 50 is known for being someone who likes to make headlines, whether it's beefing with French Montana or clowning Oprah after she tripped on stage, so let's hope he's not just trying to gain publicity with this latest announcement.
FAMILY OF POP SMOKE RELEASES STATEMENT FOLLOWING DEATH
Pop Smoke's family also issued their first statement since the rapper's shocking passing, expressing their appreciation toward the hip-hop community for all the support. "The family of Bashar 'Pop Smoke' Jackson would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for their support," the statement reads. "Every prayer, call and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother and friend."
They also touched on how Pop embodied Brooklyn in his life and music, as well as upcoming plans for a foundation in his name. "Brooklyn was the backdrop for all that Bashar loved," they said. "In accordance with Bashar's wishes, we will be announcing the full details of his foundation soon. 'Shoot for the stars, aim for the moon! 💫"
Republic Records, Pop's label, tweeted their thoughts on the loss shortly after his death was confirmed on Feb. 19.