It’s been over a year now since rising Brooklyn rapper, Pop Smoke, was tragically shot and killed inside a Hollywood Hills mansion. This property at the time was owned by ex-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave. In July, four suspects ended up being arrested and charged for murder in Smoke’s death. This was a relief for many people as justice was waited on for months. Smoke was only 20-years-old at the time of his death as well.
Smoke’s Posthumous Debut Album Reaches Another Huge Milestone
Smoke‘s estate went on to release his posthumous debut studio album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon,” in July. This project ended up debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is currently still No. 3 on the chart. This project was led by hit singles such as “What You Know Bout Love,” “The Woo” feat. 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch and “For The Night” feat. DaBaby and Lil Baby. These have all at least reached platinum status as well as the album itself.
Smoke’s Album Is In Good Company With Prince In Billboard History
“Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” continues to post big numbers for Smoke months after its release and now, it has reached another very impressive milestone. According to RapRadar, this project has now tied Prince’s classic “Purple Rain” album for consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This is at the 19-week mark. The tie is for the second-longest ever for this spot. Smoke also recently passed MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” for most weeks at No.1 on this chart as well.
‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ Is Also Longest-Running Album At No. 1 On Billboard Top Rap Albums Chart
In addition to tying Prince’s “Purple Rain” on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” is also dominating on the Top Rap Albums chart. It recently passed Eminem‘s “Recovery” as the longest-running rap album at No. 1 on this chart at 20 weeks now. Smoke‘s legacy continues to be celebrated by fans worldwide as the streaming numbers show tremendous support as evident in what his posthumous album is doing on various Billboard charts over the past year.
Smoke’s Album Was Surprisingly Not Grammy-Nominated
Despite the impressive numbers that Smoke‘s posthumous album is doing, it was surprisingly not nominated for this year’s GRAMMYs a few weeks ago. Smoke’s manager, Steven Victor, even took the time to blast the awards show on his Twitter feed by calling them the “Scammys” and a “fraudulent institution.” He also labeled them as a “paid institution” who has “invited members.” Others feel the same way about the GRAMMYs after The Weeknd was nominated at all. Smoke did get one nomination though for Best Rap Performance for his 2019 “Dior” single.