By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer
A year ago today, 20-year-old Pop Smoke tragically lost his life after being shot and killed in a Hollywood Hills home. This property was owned by ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star, Teddi Mellencamp, and her husband, Edwin Arroyave. Four men stormed into the property armed and that’s when Smoke was quickly shot a little after 4:30am PT.
Smoke’s death came as a huge shock to hip-hop a 12 days before, he released his “Meet The Woo 2” mixtape which was highly respected as it was led by singles such as “Christopher Walking” and “Shake The Room” feat. Quavo. Other underrated hits included “Like Me” feat. PnB Rock and the remix for his 2019 hit single, “Dior,” feat. Gunna.
Smoke originally started to take off as a breakout artist in the summer of 2019 with his “Welcome To The Party” single. That record generated so much buzz in his hometown of Brooklyn and then, it spread like wildfire. Welcome To The Party ended up receiving separate remixes with Nicki Minaj and Skepta. That same summer, “Dior” also began to make a lot of noise.
In the July of last year, Smoke’s debut studio album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon,” was finally released. It was led by the “Make It Rain” single feat. Rowdy Rebel and when the project officially released, even more hits arrived. These included “For The Night” feat. DaBaby and Lil Baby, “Something Special,” “The Woo” feat. 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch, “What You Know Bout Love,” and “Something Special.”
In the weeks leading up to Smoke’s album release in July, four suspects were finally arrested in his murder. Five people were arrested in Los Angeles as three adults and two minors were taken into custody. TMZ reported that 19-year-old Corey Walker, 18-year-old Keandre D. Rogers, and 21-year-old Jaquan Murphy. Walker and Rogers were the adults. Walker and Rogers face murder charges while Murphy is facing attempted murder. The two minors’ charges were not revealed. These men were all said to be in an LA gang.
Fans continue to celebrate Smoke’s life and the star potential his career had a year later. Prior to his death, he was building so much momentum and his supporters now that now as well.
Check out Pop Smoke supporters pay homage to him on Twitter along with some of the music videos to his popular singles below.
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