HOW POP SMOKE CREATED A NEW WAVE IN HIP HOP & BRIDGED THE GAP FOR DRILL

February 24, 2020

Pop Smoke’s untimely passing has hip hop crushed. 

On Feb. 19, TMZ broke the horrible news that Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed in a Hollywood Hills rental home he was in. Millions of fans woke up shocked, sad and horrified by the story. Especially since he was on the rise and marking his stamp in the industry. 

With the help of his London-based producer 808Melo, he created a new wave in his hometown of Brooklyn that merged the gap between UK drill and New York’s gritty rap sound. His distinct voice made him stand out and was compared to hip hop OG 50 Cent.

During an episode of Rap Life, Ebro and Nadeska reflected on the loss of the BK rapper. Pop said he was excited about his new life and getting out of the hood. 

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