Months after the death of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, rumors of a debut studio posthumous album was in the works, after rapper 50 Cent confirmed that he will be executive producing the album.
The scheduled date for the album was first issued in an Instagram post by Pop’s former manager and friend, Steve Victor, (founder of Victor Victor Worldwide) on May 14th. The album was originally set to be released on June 12, 2020.
Here is the post from Steve Victor on his Instagram page.
A couple of days after the post, multiple snippets and leaks surfaced the internet of songs assumed to be on Pop’s debut album. A video on Twitter surfaced of a then-alive Pop Smoke in the studio rapping over a beat which sampled fellow Brooklyn rapper Fabulous‘s 2003 smash hit, “Into You” featuring R&B singer Tamia. Other songs that were leaked (then later deleted on YouTube) sampled artists such as Ginuwine (his 2001 smash hit, “Differences” from his The Life album) and a song released by Pop before he entitled “Mercy” which paid tribute to 50 Cent’s 2003 hood classic, “Many Men.”
On June 10, Steven Victor announced on Instagram, after talking with family members of the late rapper, that due to the recent events of protests/riots after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Pop Smoke’s album will be pushed back to July 3rd.
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Music is the tool of revolution. We have been watching, along with the rest of the world, as long overdue change starts to take root. We have seen Pop’s music become the soundtrack of the moment, unifying the masses. Given recent events, we have decided to delay the release of his album out of respect for the movement. “Make It Rain” will be released this Friday, June 12th. The album will be released on July 3rd. Please join us in celebrating Pop Smoke’s legacy. 💫💫💫.
As the anticipated debut album is being finalized and mastered by Pop’s family, Steven Victor and 50, rumors of a documentary of Pop’s life is in the works and scheduled to be released soon as well. Months prior to his death, Pop auditioned for a role in a new basketball independent film called Boogie , directed by filmmaker Eddie Huang. Some fans even said that Pop Smoke’s character was similar to rapper Tupac Shakur’s character from the 1994 classic Above the Rim.
Here’s a video provided by RANDOMTV.
Pop Smoke would’ve been 21 on July 20th. #LongLivePoplato 🦈 ♿. 💫
What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the album? Do you believe that Pop Smoke may have “Album of the Year” ?
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