Bashar Barakah Jackson (born July 20, 1999 – February 19, 2020) was an American rapper and songwriter who rose to prominence in 2019 after releasing the songs, Welcome To The Party and Dior.
He was known professionally as Pop Smoke. An associate of Brooklyn Drill, he released two mixtapes, Meet The Woo and Meet The Woo 2, before his death.
The latter, which was dropped on the 7th Of February 2020, made it to the number seven spot on Billboard 200.
Twelve days after the project’s release, Pop Smoke was shot dead when masked gunmen broke into his Los Angeles home.
Full Name: Bashar Barakah Jackson
Stage Name: Pop Smoke
Born: 20 July 1999 (age 22 years old)
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 19 February 2020, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause Of Death: Armed Robbery Gunshot
Parents: Audrey Jackson, Greg Jackson
Height: 1.68 m
Siblings: Obasi Jackson
Girlfriend • Wife: Yummy Yellow
Occupation: Rapper • Songwriter
Net Worth: $500,000-700,000
Pop Smoke was born to Greg Jackson and Audrey Jackson on the 20th Of July 1999. His father is from Panama, while his mother is a Jamaican. He has an older brother named Obasi Jackson. He was birthed in the Brooklyn area of New York and spent his formative years in the city.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Pop Smoke attended nine different schools. He was expelled during his eighth grade when he brought a gun to school. Thus, he was placed on two years house arrest after being found guilty of the charge: possession of a weapon. He moved to the state of Philadelphia and enrolled at Rocktop Academy.
Pop Smoke played basketball briefly but stopped after he was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It was during this period that he became deeply involved in street life and joined a gang.
Pop Smoke signed a record deal with Victor Victor Worldwide in April 2019. The music label was a subsidiary of Universal Music. After that, he released his official debut single, Welcome To The Party, on the 23rd Of April 2019. Three months later, he released his debut mixtape, Meet The Woo, on July 26th Of July 2019.
The following months saw Pop Smoke release other charting songs, such as War, 100 on a Coupe, and Christopher Walking.
His second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was dropped on the 7th Of February 2020. The project featured appearances from Lil Tjay, Quavo, A Boogie with da hoodie, and Fivio Foreign. The mixtape helped Pop to earn his first top-10 hit in the United States.
After Pop Smoke‘s death, his posthumous debut album titled Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, was released on the 3rd Of July 2020.
Earlier in March 2020, 50 Cent had volunteered to executive produce the project. As a result, the album can be described as a commercial success. Because days after its release, all the 19 songs of the project charted on Billboard Hot 100, and the album itself was number one in several countries.
On the 16th Of July 2020, a second posthumous album titled Faith was released. Shortly after its release, the album found its way to number one on Billboard 200.
The rapper Pop Smoke had a large followership on social media before his death. He had over 3.8 million followers on Instagram.
Instagram handle – @realpopsmoke.
Pop Smoke, who was speculated to be affiliated with the Crips Gang, was shot thrice when gunmen broke into his apartment on the 19th Of February 2020. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the doctors. This happened in Los Angeles, California. The house where Pop Smoke was murdered was a rented Airbnb building owned by a Hollywood star.
After months of the police investigation, it was revealed that Pop Smoke‘s death wasn’t due to gang war like some people had assumed but were an armed robbery. Instead, the intruders had shot Pop Smoke when he was involved in a confrontation with them.
As a result, five people, three adult men, and two minors have been arrested in connection with his murder and have been placed in detention.
The rapper, Pop Smoke was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. He was 20 years old at the time of his death. Before his death, he had played a minor role in the Hollywood movie, Boogie.
Pop Smoke before his dating was dating American beauty, Yummy Yellow. The duo were still together before his murder.
Blown after death and bagging records upon records, Pop Smoke before his death, he was estimated to be having a net worth $500,000-700,000.