Almost 4 months after the untimely death of the Brooklyn drill star, the posthumous album has been released and greatly received by fans and critics worldwide. Holding a 7.3 from Metacritic and 4 stars from NME, the album has made history where Pop Smoke became the first hop hop act to have a posthumous album to debut at the top of the charts.
The Dior hitmaker Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed in February in a home invasion, at the peak of his career. The talented artist was well known for his husky voice, signature braids and unique sound.
Shoot for the stars is Pop Smokes first studio album and it boasts of 19 tracks featuring various artists such as 50 Cent, Da Baby, Roddy Rich, Future, Quavo just to mention a few.
The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts in the US with fans describing it as well thought out and a job well done.
The album did great justice to the rappers legacy and kept the sound authentic and refreshing. Featuring songs such as Dior, Give It On Me and The Woo, the listener is reminded of the great talent that was Pop Smoke.
The first track, Aim For The Moon features lyrics such as “We got all the work, we make your trap close/Gang havin’ loyalty, we ten toes/Nah, nobody givin’ up, why would the gang fold?/ We outside, we totin’ them bangers, we not shootin’ at strangers/ Say what you wanna say, long as it ain’t us ’cause my niggas gon’ hang ya (Grrah)”
The album also boasts two tracks titled something special which is Pop Smoke’s rendition of Tamia’s 1998 R&B hit, So Into You and a track featuring rapper 50 Cent, titled The Woo (also featuring, Roddy Ricch). On the track The Woo it features quotes from a verse from 50 Cents’ icon Candy Shop.
Jumping from the trap, hip hop feel, the album moves to an R&B feel with the song Mood swings which is a soft slow moving track featuring Lil Tjay. In this track they boast about the women in their lives and their lavish lifestyle.
The tracks piece together to form a multilayered album, that shows both sides of the late talented sensation. Despite it being uncompleted at the time of his death, the production of the album was well executed managing to keep the memory and legacy of Pop Smoke intact, through the help of his manager and friend Steven Victor, Queens rapper 50 Cent and many other producers.
His tragic death prematurely ended his predestined groundbreaking career, but this posthumous production will hopefully serve as a legacy and reminder of his talent to both his fans and those new to his music.