The legacy of slain New York rapper Pop Smoke is living on. With the help of music executive Steven Victor and his family, the late star’s visions are coming true.
Pop x Shoot For The Stars
His family announced through Victor’s Instagram page the Shoot For The Stars Foundation. Pop donated $100K to the non-profit earlier in the year prior to his tragic murder.
Smoke will not be forgotten. After “Make It Rain” was posthumously released earlier in June 2020 with a feature from Rowdy Rebel, social media has erupted in support of the slain rising star. Twitter users went off with love for Pop. They mentioned both how great the track is and the amazing potential he had before his tragic murder earlier in 2020.
Wait, There’s More
The drill track was produced by his frequent collaborator 808Melo and stays consistent with his famous sound.
Produced by Yamaica, Rico Beats and 808Melo, the continues the memory of Pop Smoke with another expression of the distinct vocal styling that captivated fans during his career that was cut short. The choice phoned in feature from Rowdy Rebel provides a refrain from the hard-hitting lines from Pop Smoke on the arresting beat. “Make It Rain” is set to be available on a posthumous LP announced back in May. Originally set to release June 12, the drop of the album has now been postponed to July 3 out of respect for the current protests against racial inequality and police brutality. Steven Victor, who worked closely with the rapper, has also helped launch the Victor Victor Foundation, a non-profit which will work to support Black youth through voter registration efforts and aid programs focused on mentorship and emotional support. (Pitchfork)
Before You Go
Pop Smoke’s long-awaited posthumous album didn’t come out last week as it was originally slated to. Universal Music Group executive Victor has updated fans on the project’s delay. Steven went online to deliver the crushing news that Pop Smoke’s album will be delayed. Victor detailed how much of a major impact Smoke’s music has had on the world.
“Music is the tool of revolution. We have been watching, along with the rest of the world, as long overdue change starts to take root. We have seen Pop’s music become the soundtrack of the moment, unifying the masses.” -Steven Victor’s Instagram