News of rapper Pop Smoke’s tragic death took the internet by storm on Wednesday morning. People flocked to social media to express their grief and condolences, including Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Quavo.
Minaj took to Instagram to share a photo of Pop Smoke — whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson — on February 19, expressing her disbelief over the tragedy in the caption. The post garnered over 340,000 likes within the first 30 minutes of having been shared, also accruing 7,000-plus comments.
Minaj, who had a feature on Pop Smoke’s hit single, “Welcome to the Party,” was one of the first high-profile artists to collaborate with the young rapper, helping him to further his audience and reach.
50 Cent also took to Instagram to share a picture, and a video, of the two New York rappers laughing and hugging in what appears to be a nightclub.
“No such thing as success with out jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.I.P,” the “In Da Club” rapper captioned the photo. Fifty’s post accumulated 110,000 likes in very short order.
It was just last week that 50 Cent spoke on his admiration for the rapper in an interview with New York radio station, Hot 97. The host, Ebro, asserted that many people considered Pop Smoke to be the second coming of 50 Cent and called Jackson a major inspiration for the deceased rapper. Jackson agreed with the sentiment but also said that Pop Smoke is “a whole new vibe.”
“R.I.P Lil Homie, damn I’m hurt all ova again, Gone2soon,” California rapper Snoop Dogg wrote, sharing his condolences in his own Instagram post.
“Fly High WOO, got to kno this kid. Very talented, humble, respectful and appreciative,” Migos rapper Quavo wrote on Instagram, a sentiment which has been liked over 480,000 times since having been expressed. Quavo further asserted in his post that Pop Smoke was very inquisitive and he would always answer his phone whenever the young Brooklyn rapper would call.
Quavo was one of several famous rappers to be featured on Pop Smoke’s highly-anticipated second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2. The “Huncho Dreams” rapper collaborated with the young musician on the track “Shake The Room,” which was one of the biggest hits of Pop Smoke’s short career.
The news of the 20-year-old rapper’s death was reported earlier Wednesday morning by TMZ.
The rapper was reportedly in his residence in the Hollywood Hills, California when at least two armed and masked men broke into his home at around 4:30 a.m and fired several shots that critically wounded the musician, per The Inquisitr.
The Brooklyn native emerged on the rap scene in April of 2019. His mixtape Meet The Woo was extremely well received within the hip-hop community and produced several hits including “Dior” and “Feeling.”