Pop Smoke Album: Here’s Which Artists Were Recruited For the Posthumous Project
The wait is almost over for Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, and fans are ready to experience everything it has to offer. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was delayed from its original June release date, but July 3 is the day.
It’s a bittersweet occasion for fans who wanted to see the late rapper’s career soar, as his life was cut short at age 20.
Pop Smoke had two mixtapes and multiple collaborations (e.g. Travis Scott, Quavo) under his belt, and a voice that stood out among the wave of hip-hop artists coming up in his generation.
His live performances and radio freestyles helped solidify his position as a rising star. If you haven’t listened to his work already, check out the singles “Dior,” “Welcome to the Party,” or “Christopher Walking.”
With that said, his team and 50 Cent committed to finishing his album in the wake of his death. It includes 19 tracks with features from some of hip-hop’s biggest artists, some of whom Pop Smoke collaborated with in the past.
Here’s a peek at who jumped on what’s shaping up to be one of the hottest releases of 2020.
50 Cent and Roddy Ricch: As promised, 50 Cent came through in the clutch for Pop Smoke and recruited Roddy Ricch for the track, “The Woo.” The song premieres on Hot 97 on July 2 during Funkmaster Flex’s broadcast.
Swae Lee: “Creature” features the producer/Rae Sremmurd rapper alongside Pop Smoke.
King Combs: Diddy’s son makes an appearance on “Diana.”
Lil Baby and DaBaby: These two join Pop Smoke on “For the Night,” which will please fans who saw Pop Smoke and DaBaby on stage at Big Jam back in February.
Quavo: Quavo features on “Aim For the Moon,” as well as “West Coast Sh*t” with Tyga and “Snitchin” with Future.
Quavo considers himself a big fan of the late rapper. The New York Times reported he once said about Pop Smoke:
He was new, but I felt like I was talking to somebody that had been in the game for three years already. When I see somebody like that, I feel like I need to share my information, you know? So I told Steven, “Hey I’ma big bro him. I’m going to put him down on the do’s and don’ts.”
Rowdy Rebel: Though he’s incarcerated, you’ll hear Brooklyn rapper Rowdy Rebel on this new project. “Make It Rain” is on the track list and was released as a single in June. Fans are quite impressed that he did his verse from a jail phone.
Karol G: Reggaeton star Karol G is on “Enjoy Yourself,” a song which fans originally believed would feature Burna Boy and Davido.
Lil Tjay: Lil Tjay was a frequent collaborator of Pop Smoke’s and is said to have a joint track on the new album, however, it remains to be seen. They’ve previously teamed up on “War,” “Mannequin,” and “Zoo York.”
The track list was dropped via an app, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few more surprises on Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. Stream it on July 3.
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