Pop Smoke's Mom & Brother On How To Carry On His Legacy + Gives Their Take On Justice For Pop Smoke


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Pop Smoke's Mother Can't Bring Herself To Listen To His First Posthumous Album

HotNewHipHop 17 July, 2021 - 12:43am

It was nothing but positive energy from the jump as Angie and the Jacksons fondly remembered Pop's last interview with the radio host. His mother said she "loved" the exchange while Obasi shared stories about first hearing his brother's voice go through a change. "There was no puberty," he joked.

"With the new album it's easier to hear his voice," said Pop's mother. "I don't know if it's because time has passed or he does sound different on this. His sound, his style, it's different." She admitted that he hasn't listed to Shoot For the Stars, Aim For the Moon yet because "it's a part of the immediate loss." Jackson recalled Pop Smoke "coming home and trying some of the songs on me."

Elsewhere, Obasi shared that if there is any Pop Smoke wisdom that young artists should glean from, it's the importance of learning the business. Obasi revealed that Pop was always on his computer studying the ins and outs of the business, and while he was focused on making money and building a career, Pop was "smart about it."

"He made sure that when he got here, he had things in place, LLC, whatever. You wanna do fashion, you want to do restaurants, you wanna do all that stuff," said Obasi. "He had a business mind."

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Pop Smoke's Friend 'Upset' Over 'Faith' Album Release

Rap-Up.com 16 July, 2021 - 05:10pm

Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album Faith was released today, but not everyone is celebrating.

The late rapper’s close friend Mike Dee is addressing fans who have criticized the album’s release. Taking to his Instagram Story, he said he was not involved in the process and didn’t even know the album was dropping until it was announced.

“For anybody saying why did I anybody drop this or that. I had no involvement in my dawgz album didn’t even know a album was dropping until it got broadcasted on this internet shit,” he wrote.

Mike Dee grew up with Pop Smoke and was with him the day he was fatally shot during a home invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills on Feb. 19, 2020.

“I’m upset my damn self at it cuss I know he wouldn’t even want this like this,” he added.

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— Pop Smoke Fan Page 💫💙 (@ForeverTheWoo) July 16, 2021

It’s unclear what exactly he’s upset about or who he’s upset with. Some have criticized the decision to release a second posthumous Pop Smoke album within a year of the first album Shot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, while others feel that the project relies too heavily on features.

Despite his sentiments, Dee still encouraged fans to support Faith. He shared a screenshot from Apple Music and told fans to stream the album. “But Y’all Know Y’all Gotta Still Run Those Numbers Tf Up For The Woo,” he wrote. “The Smoke Ain’t Clearing.”

Pop Smoke’s managers, Steven Victor and Rico Beats, have overseen both posthumous album releases. Faith has also received the blessing of Pop’s mother, Audrey Jackson, who can be heard on the opening track “Good News.”

Dee is not the only one close to Pop who is seemingly upset. Rowdy Rebel was also unhappy that rapper Eli Fross was taken off the track “Top Shotta,” while someone who goes by Moe Woola on Instagram called out Pop’s managers. “Fu**in bozos could never do nothing right!” he wrote.

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Pop Smoke and Future Party at a Club in New Visual for 'Mr. Jones'

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Pop Smoke’s Second Posthumous Album, ‘Faith,’ Brings In More Guests and a Broader Palette: Album Review

Yahoo Entertainment 16 July, 2021 - 03:40pm

To the unfortunate extent that this can be loosely seen as a genre, no one is more closely associated with it than Pop Smoke: he never had a pre-posthumous album. The 20-year-old with a dusky baritone and a taut lyrical mix of snark and smarts as his signatures was murdered in a robbery at his rental property in February 2020, and both Pop Smoke albums — his 2020 debut, “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” and this weekend’s new album release, “Faith” — have come out after his untimely end. What’s boldest about “Faith” is that despite being fully Frankenstein-ed from volumes of verses the rapper left behind is that it never feels limp or stitched together. Credit Pop Smoke’s manager, label owner, friend and curator Steven Victor, who not only made sure that the late rapper’s swagger, cackling laugh and deep voice were fully present on “Faith,” but that the new record advanced and even bettered what the trap-and-drill-focused production team did on “Shoot for the Stars.”

That means that there aren’t quite as many “woos” – Pop’s vocal tic, a rhythmic punctuation not unlike Michael Jackson’s “shamon” – on “Faith” as there were strewn across the heavens of “Stars,” save for a dusky R&B duet with Chris Brown on “Woo Baby.” Fine. There also isn’t much of a focus on pure trap, or the horror-scape death-disco vibe repeated again and again on “Stars”… also fine.

Instead, we get the mournful, gospel-strewn soul of “Good News,” the drone-inspired Middle Eastern elegance of “8-Ball,” the giddily pop-hoppy “Spoiled,” and the mood-swinging musicality of Smoke’s vocal flow on the freestyle-centered “Coupe” and “Beat The Speaker.” All of these show off the Victor production team’s dedication to broadening Smoke’s sonic and melodic palette. Rico Beats heads up that team, one that includes fellow producers and featured guests such as Kanye West (his “Tell The Vision” with Smoke and Pusha T is rumored to include musical elements once intended for a West album), the Neptunes (whose Pharrell lends his sweet, high registered croon to “Spoiled”), Swizz Beatz, 808Melo, Jahil Beats and more.

While a wealth of guests rarely bodes well, it’s worth mentioning that most of Smoke/Victor’s chosen features are sly and clever additions to Pop’s husky flow and round-the-way poetry. The ambient twirl and chamber folk backgrounds of “Bout a Million” (produced by Axl) give a throaty Smoke, 21 Savage and 42 Dugg ample room to explore the luxurious track’s contours, with each rapper intertwined within the track like a Moebius Strip. While a rough-hewn Future, on the brusque “Mr. Jones,” actually sounds as if he’s pushing Smoke to rap out in his most menacing aggressive tones (kudos to producer CashMoneyAP for editing that track with such live, battle-rapping display), the haunting drone of “8-Ball” allows Kid Cudi and Smoke to offer their own brands of sadly austere lyricism about luck, loss and love. Humorously, Smoke seems amazed by his good fortune in moving from the pavement to the penthouse on “Tell the Vision” (“We come from the trenches…. Fifty cent cake, now we eatin’ Phillippe’s steak”). Here, though it’s featured guest Pusha T who gets the most controversy out of the drilling cut, by applauding Smoke’s platinum status, while dissing recent top album seller Tyler, The Creator with “Look, Tyler got the album of the year, for now…. The crown is only for the king, they’re trying to put it on a clown.” Dag.

What Dua Lipa is doing on a Pop Smoke track, there’s no telling, save for the fact that their “Demeanor” teaming is a dud, as is the lifeless bragging of “Manslaughter” featuring Rick Ross and The-Dream.

Fortunately for Smoke heads, “Faith” is bookended by Pop alone, on the too-brief, holy-rolling soul of “Good News” and the sparsely produced, stop-and-start, cackle-and-woo-laden “Merci Beaucoup,” with the dramatic “More Time” in between them. With his heaving, gruff voice in full display, “More Time” speaks volumes about what it means to be a bold man in the badlands, as Pop Smoke certainly saw himself, but pauses to applaud, and warm to, his mother’s wishes, if just for one moment. “Mama’s begging me to pray to Allah… but, ma, I’m sorry, I’m just stuck in my ways.”

You can say “if only” all you want about a dozen different artists, but “Faith” makes it clear Pop Smoke had a real future, with its show of soul and progress.

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