Last week, Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album, “Faith,” was released. It contained 20 tracks, and contained star-studded collabs with 21 Savage, Future, Kanye West, Pusha T, Dua Lipa, and more. It is currently on pace to become Smoke’s second straight number one album, with between 110,000-120,000 units sold.
Today is also Smoke’s birthday, as he would’ve turned 22-year-old. Fans on social media have since been showing him love by discussing how much bigger he would’ve been if still alive today, and are discussing their favorite songs from the Faith project. Smoke is also viewed as one of the biggest stars of 2020, prior to his death, and was one of the artists in Brooklyn who really helped the drill scene there, really start to take off.
Smoke’s manager, Steven Victor, has also said that a deluxe edition for Faith is on the way. The deluxe for “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon,” was put out on Smoke’s birthday last year, but doesn’t appear to be the case this time. Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon is currently 2x platinum in the US.
Smoke initially turned into a star in 2019, with the success of breakout singles such as “Welcome To The Party” and “Dior.” In February 2020, he put out his last project while alive, with “Meet The Woo 2.” Smoke went on to be shot and killed in a Hollywood Hills mansion, on February 19, 2020. Around 4:30AM, robbers entered this property, as Smoke was shot and kicked down, while leaving a shower. A woman was also held at gunpoint.
Four suspects have since been in custody, while the fifth one was released. Reports ended up surfacing a few months ago, about how a 15-year-old was who pulled the trigger, and wanted Smoke’s jewelry. The iced out Rolex of Smoke’s ended up being sold for only $2,000. Many view Smoke’s death as a very senseless, one as his life was taken away for no reason. Fans also believe that he would have the massive success that he has now, posthumously.
Check out the Pop Smoke birthday tributes on Twitter, as well as his “Mr. Jones” music video feat. Future below.