Pop Smoke Has Been Shot And Killed During Home Invasion

Twenty-year-old rapper Pop Smoke was reportedly killed this morning (February 19). Per developing reports, the Brooklyn, New York native born Bashar Jackson was fatally shot at a Hollywood Hills, California home that he had been renting.

TMZ reports that two men wearing masks and hoodies unlawfully entered the home, an Airbnb owned by a Los Angeles real estate entrepreneur. Both unidentified men carried firearms and shot Pop Smoke. After the shooting, the men reportedly fled the scene on foot. The incident happened hours after a gathering at the home.

No suspects have been arrested at the time of this report.

The Victor World/Republic Records artist was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in West Hollywood. There, he was pronounced dead.

In the last two years, Pop Smoke had been a rising star within the Brooklyn Drill music scene. The son of Jamaican and Panamanian parents had released collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, H.E.R., Travis Scott, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Quavo. Earlier this month, Pop Smoke released a mixtape, Meet The Woo 2. The Top 10-charting project on a major label features Quavo, and Boogie.


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The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.

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Last month, he met with fellow BK rapper Casanova 2X after the two artists were thought to be beefing. The truce came after Meet The Woo 2 advance single “Christopher Walking” was a menacing response diss of the Roc Nation artist as well as rapper Smoove L, following “Demons & Devils.”

Pop Smoke had signed to Steven Victor’s imprint at Republic. Victor is a longtime manager of Pusha-T who has years working at labels including Def Jam, G.O.O.D. Music, and Jive.

This disturbing and tragic incident follows high-profile Hip-Hop artist killings, including Nipsey Hussle, XXXTentacion, and Chinx Drugs, among others.

Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family of Pop Smoke.