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The Tragic and Sudden Loss of Rapper, Pop Smoke

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By Jamee Dorsey

Fans were extremely shook to hear about the tragic passing of New York City hip-hop sensation, Pop Smoke. This Wednesday morning, officials confirmed that he was shot in a masked gunman in a Hollywood Hills home. They further stated that many suspects invaded the house shortly before 5:00 AM. According to Los Angeles Police Department captain Steve Lurie, at least one individual wore a black mask with a handgun. Immediately after being taken to the hospital, the only twenty-year-old (20) rapper was sadly pronounced dead. The crime was an apparent robbery.

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A day before the loss, Pop Smoke, whose legal government name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was reported to get a haircut via his Instagram story, then showed himself off by the infinity pool in the backyard of the Hollywood Hills Home where the crime occurred. He then took a picture of the Los Angeles skyline. It seems that his day went by very smoothly before this tragic event suddenly occurred. Fans are certainly shook as to why his life was taken away after a regular day in Los Angeles.

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It was reported that the home that the robbery occurred was rented by Pop Smoke, and is owned by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality star, Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave. Many of New York City's hip-hop artists are deeply heartbroken by this loss. For instance, rapper, producer and entrepreneur, Curtis "50 Cent"Jackson posted an Instagram photo of him and Pop Smoke with the caption "50 such thing as success with out jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.I.P." Female rapper, Nicki Minaj, also posted a picture of Pop with the caption, "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop."

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Before his passing, Pop Smoke has certainly outdone himself in the hip-hop industry. His stardom skyrocketed when he released the poppin' song "Welcome to the Party" in May 2019, which has been viewed by more than twenty-three million (23,000,000) fans on YouTube. Pop is also known for his songs "Dior" and"Woo", and has been praised by hip-hop legends Pusha T and 50 Cent. His current song "MeetTheVooVol2" was debuted at number seven (7) on the Billboard Hot 200 charts this week.

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Many rappers who were around his age of twenty (20) have sadly passed due to undergoing a drug overdose or have been fatally assassinated within the past two years. Known for many of his songs such as "I Don't Wanna Do This Anymore", XXXtentacion was also shot in an armed robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 18, 2018 . Following his loss, rapper and singer Juicewrld, died of a seizure on December 2019. This really goes to show that no life should be taken for granted. You'll never know when you'll be gone.

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