Late New York rapper Pop Smoke's legacy lives on. The Brooklyn native is making history with his 2020 album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon continuing to do the unthinkable on the music charts.
Pop Smoke’s Debut Album Success
Released last July, the posthumous album has now spent 17 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This is the longest run since 1990, with his project moving 43,000 units last week and returning to the top spot.
The late Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album rides its enduring momentum to a milestone unseen in 30 years on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, leads the chart for a 17th week, the longest stay at No. 1 since 1990.Moon, released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records, rebounds from No. 3 on the chart dated March 6 through 43,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 25, according to MRC Data, up 13% from the previous week. The project, released last July, was the posthumous debut studio album for Pop Smoke, who died at age 20 in February 2020 during a home invasion.
Pop Smoke Honored In Gun Violence PSA
On Feb. 19, 2020, the rising rap superstar was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery. In the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of Pop’s death, his parents were featured in a public service announcement about gun violence. Audrey and Greg Jackson lost their son, Bashar Jackson (a.k.a. Pop Smoke), to gun violence one year ago. The couple partnered with the I Will Graduate program and the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance to make a PSA addressing the epidemic that has scarred communities throughout the world.
“Because of gun violence, I’ll never see my son run up the front of our steps, taking them two at a time. He won’t ever take my hand again and dance with me. He won’t come into my room and muscle-pose in the mirror. Gun violence destroys families. It must stop.” (Audrey Jackson)
Movie Debut Coming Soon
Pop Smoke’s posthumous big screen debut, BOOGIE, is nearly here. Ahead of the film’s official release on March 5, the must-see trailer made rounds across the Internet.
Pop Smoke appears in the trailer for the new coming-of-age film BOOGIE. The directorial debut of Eddie Huang (author of Fresh Off the Boat), BOOGIE finds Pop playing Monk, the basketball rival of main character Alfred “Boogie” Chin (played by Taylor Takahashi). It was filmed prior to the rapper’s death in February 2020. The movie is out March 5; watch the full trailer, soundtracked by Pop’s “Got It On Me.”
Director Talks About Working With Pop Smoke
The film’s director, Eddie Huang, took to his own Instagram to share the news of the release date. He also previously spoke on Pop’s hard work ethic and praised him for his nonstop grind.
“He gave me a thousand percent. They were tough 16-hour days, overnights, and he shot five overnights in a row. Kids were coming on the bridge to watch us shoot the scenes. We would play Pop’s record,” he said. “All our actors, the extras, the kids on the bridge watching us shoot scenes, everyone was doing the Woo dance. It was pretty special.” (Huang to the New York Times)