Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party” became an explosive summer hit and gave him a real chance to leave the street hustle behind. By mid-February 2020, Pop Smoke’s mixtape “Meet the Woo 2” broke into the Billboard Top 10. He was signed to Republic Music with a top management team and had upcoming sold-out concert dates.
Then on February 19, multiple gunmen broke into the Hollywood Hills home Pop Smoke was renting, entering through a bedroom balcony, and shot Pop Smoke dead. Sources say it was a targeted hit, not a robbery. He made no secret of his gang affiliation but the motive is still not known.
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