In late , a Brooklyn teen-ager named Bashar Jackson experienced his first brush with viral fame. In a video, Jackson is standing in a royal-blue puffer vest, the same color as his BMW, arguing with the police. Yo, Pop! He dodges and weaves through them like a running back, sailing down the sidewalk as they struggle to catch up. Shortly after this clip began circulating online, Pop Smoke, who grew up in Canarsie, began to dabble in music. One day, when he was nosing around YouTube in search of beats, what caught his ear was not the monotone, mid-range trap beats that dominated hip-hop at the time but a spare, grim, electrifying beat by an East London producer named Melo.
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Bashar Barakah Jackson July 20, — February 19, ,  known professionally as Pop Smoke , was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn ,  Pop Smoke began his musical career in By collaborating with UK drill artists and producers,  who often employed more minimal and aggressive instrumentation to its Chicago counterpart. Pop Smoke then signed a recording contract with Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records ,   and released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo The mixtape's second single, " Dior ", reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot His second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2 , debuted at number 7 on the Billboard It was released just under two weeks prior to Pop Smoke being fatally shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon , was posthumously released in July and debuted at number one on the Billboard , with all 19 tracks from the album charting on the Billboard Hot Pop Smoke was expelled from eighth grade for bringing a gun to school,  and spent two years in house arrest after being charged with weapons possession.
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