It’s been over a year now since rising Brooklyn rapper, Pop Smoke, was shot and killed in Hollywood Hills, CA. The 20-year year old at the time had just released his “Meet The Woo 2” mixtape and was headed towards stardom in 2020. Hip-Hop fans were shocked at the news that came out of Los Angeles early that morning as he was already a favorite in the genre. Smoke saw himself start to see a lot of success in 2019 with his “Welcome To The Party” and “Dior” singles.
Smoke Will Appear In ‘Boogie’ Film Releasing This Week
Smoke was also very into acting as before his death, he was filming the movie, “Boogie.” This film tells the story of Boogie, played by Taylor Takahashi, who plans to play basketball at a top college. Smoke plays the role of Monk, a player at a rival school. Videos have been posted of him in action and fans have been impressed with how well he did. Boogie is set to be released in theaters this Friday, March 5. Director, Eddie Huang, also recently praised Smoke for the person he is on and off set.
Eddie Huang Says Smoke Was ‘Amazing To Be Around’
Huang recently spoke with Yahoo! Entertainment and showed Smoke plenty of love. He praised the rapper on how great of a person he is as well a show well he adjusts on set as a actor when needing to make adjustments.
“He [had] no fear, Pop [wasn’t] scared of anything,” Huang explained. “He also probably had the fastest computer processor in his head I’ve ever seen. I could tell Pop something, and he would immediately adapt and make that change. And he didn’t have an ego about it, and he wouldn’t get scared about it. And he wouldn’t have self-doubt about it. He just did it.”
“But I will tell you this. Pop’s not a dude that would’ve wanted you to be sad. He really [was] a person who was celebrating life all of the time. So happy, very sensitive. Amazing to be around. And a lotta love. He got a lotta love.”
Huang Says ‘Boogie’ Is Dedicated To Smoke
“At first I made this film and I was like, ‘Look, this is for my family and this is to represent for all of us overseas Chinese in America,’ but this is Pop’s film,” said Huang. “It’s absolutely dedicated to Pop. I really miss my brother. Once I met him, the film changed.”
Smoke Is Nominated For Grammy This Month
This month will also be great for Smoke posthumously. He is nominated for one Grammy award on March 14. This is for his 2019 “Dior” single. This record is in the category of Best Rap Performance. Many also felt that his posthumous debut studio album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon,” should’ve been nominated. That project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last summer and is currently 2x platinum. It is also currently No. 3 on this chart as it’s consistently been in the top 10 since its release.