Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Album Drops, A Chart-Topping Farewell


Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, the debut album from recently deceased rapper Pop Smoke, dropped at midnight on July 3rd. The album has no shortage of guest artists featuring 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, DaBaby, Quavo, Lil Baby, Swae Lee, Future, Rowdy Rebel, Tyga, Karol G, Lil Tjay, and King Combs.

The Album was initially set to be released on June 12, but was pushed back to July 3 because of the ongoing protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality that followed the death of George Floyd in the United States. His family announced a non-profit foundation named Shoot for the Stars, which the rapper founded before his death, with a focus on helping inner-city youth and helping to turn “their pain into champagne by making their dreams a reality.”

“Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” is expected to score a huge debut, eyeing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Hits Daily Double reports that the late rapper’s project is anticipated to open with 175,000-195,000 in total activity with audio streams numbering around 200 million.


View this post on Instagram


😉so they do want to fuck wit the 💫Woo #1 #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on

From his long braids and dusky baritone to an all-around Brooklyn swagger that came through on every track, Pop Smoke had the sort of pointed signatures that made him unique and immensely sellable. Pop Smoke was well on his way to becoming 2020’s premier haunted-house hit-maker when he was shot dead in February in what looked like a robbery at his rental property in Los Angeles. He was 20 years old. Stream the new album below.

HEADER IMAGE from Scott Dudelson/Getty Images