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Pop Smoke’s estate releases his deluxe album on his birthday

Friends and fans  flooded social media on Monday July 20 to pay tribute to Pop Smoke,whose birth name was Bashar Barakah Jackson,on what would have been his 21st birthday,five months after he was tragically killed in a home invasion,at a Hollywood Hills home he was renting in Los Angeles in February.

The day also ushered in the deluxe edition of his posthumous albumShoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,with 15 new songs. The new release includes collaborations with Davido, Jamie Foxx, Gunna, Young Thug, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Queen Naija and Burna Boy just to name a few. 

Last week, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200.  Pop Smoke joined the likes of Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. and XXXTentacion, all of whom had their posthumous debut albums go No. 1.

Earlier this month,five people were arrested,three male adults and two teenagers, by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with Pop’s death. Two of the adult suspects,Corey Walker 19 and Keandre Rodgers 18, were charged with murder with a special circumstance allegation that could make them eligible for the death penalty if convicted, while the third man was only arrested and booked for attempted murder. The two teenagers were also charged with murder and robbery and will be tried in a juvenile court.

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