BREAKING: Brooklyn Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home
According to a TMZ report and following ABC News confirmation, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke (born Bashar Barakah Jackson July 20, 1999) was shot and killed this Wednesday morning in his Hollywood Hills home during a home invasion robbery. He was 20 years old.
At approximately 4:30 am, two suspects donning masks and hoodies broke into the rapper’s home and fired multiple gunshots, leaving Pop in critical condition. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood by ambulance and was pronounced dead soon after. The suspects remain at large and have not been identified. It is unclear if Pop was familiar with the shooters.
Pop Smoke just released his second album Meet The Woo 2 on Feb. 7, which had a successful first-week debut becoming his first project to break into the Billboard Top 10 at the #7 spot. The young artist saw his initial success in his career with the release of his summer 2019 single “Welcome To The Party” and accompanying music video that currently has 23 million views on YouTube.
In response to the news, there has been an outpour of shock and sorrow on social media from the music community.
NY rappers 50 Cent, Pi’erre Bourne and Bas expressed vexed emotions in response to the lost life of the young, Brooklyn-native talent.
Other artists like Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber, singer and model Justine Skye and DJ Peter Rosenberg were struck with disbelief and sadness upon hearing the news of another artist gone too soon.
Artist and designer Gianni Lee shared a short summation of the Pop’s impact and the unfolding of events.
Rest in peace, Pop Smoke.