Rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Jackson, has been killed in an attempted robbery at his Hollywood Hills home, it has been reported. The rapper was said to have been shot by trespassers, according to TMZ. It has been reported that the rapper was at home on Wednesday morning at 4:30 am when two men wearing masks got into the property. The men were reportedly seen fleeing the home on foot, according to the publication. Despite being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Pop Smoke was pronounced dead. Tributes for the rapper have poured in with Nicki Minaj commenting: 'The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop. 50 Cent said: ‘R.I.P to my man Pop Smoke, No sympathy for winners. God bless him. "
British rapper Chip tweeting: ‘RIP POP SMOKE. Rap game f****d up man. Kid was 20. Kmt. Comedian Michael Dapaah said: ‘RIP POP SMOKE….this is sad man. Death over a home invasion ?? Is this the extent people are willing to go for material gain smh… my sincere apologies & prayers to his family. Lord we need you !’ ‘Bless his soul man he was really helping UK producers get on where he’s from. That’s a love shower. Life snatched away from him just like that. F****D UP!!!!!’ Pop Smoke got a taste of the mainstream when his 2019 single, Welcome to the Party, took off with remixes from Skepta and Nicki Minaj. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pop Smoke explained how he hoped to make music that like-minded young people could relate to. He said: ‘[Kids like me who] got to carry their guns to school because it ain’t safe, but they still got to make sure they get they diploma ’cause they mum could be happy. I do it for them.’
The rapper revealed that he was kicked out of eighth grade for bringing a gun to school. Pop Smoke once admitted that rap might not be his only career, telling XXL Magazine: ‘This rapping is just another step in my life. There’s no telling what I might do after this. I’ll probably open up a store or some s**t.’ Last October, the New York Police Department requested that Rolling Loud music festival remove him from their line-up claiming he was ‘affiliated with violence citywide’. They believed there would be a ‘higher risk of violence’ if Pop Smoke and several other rappers were to perform.
However, the Brooklyn-native slammed the claims and said: ‘I’m not a gang leader, I’m not a gang banger,” he says. “I’m none of that. I’m a dog, the woo. That’s it. An artist.’ At the time of his death, the rapper had been working on his debut album which was yet to be released. Pop Smoke shared some of his last Instagram posts just hours before he died, with one showing him relaxing in a pool at a property in Beverly Hills, California.