Rapper Pop Smoke killed in home invasion

Pop Smoke, the New York City-based rapper, died on Wednesday. He was 20.

The up-and-coming artist, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was gunned down in his Los Angeles, Calif., home on the morning of Feb. 19, according to a statement provided to Rolling Stone by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Authorities responded to an emergency call at 4:20 a.m. PT after a number of masked gunmen broke into the Hollywood Hills residence and shot Jackson. He was quickly rushed to a local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, however, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Pop Smoke is best known for Welcome to the Partythe critically acclaimed lead single from his debut 2019 mixtape, Meet the Woo.

Less than two weeks prior to his death, the musician released his highly anticipated follow-up effort, Meet the Woo 2.


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Welcome to the Party became a global phenomenon last August after being re-released twice with features from not only Skepta, but Nicki Minaj.

In the wake of his death, a number of musicians — including 50 Cent and Chance the Rapper — along with his fans, took to Twitter to express their condolences.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jackson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 20, 1999.

Many on social media blamed the rapper for his own death after posting his own address on his Instagram account a day prior.

Between two and six suspects fled the scene and as of this writing, have not been caught, according to the LA Times.


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The LAPD told Global News that no arrests have been made at as of Wednesday evening.

Global News has reached out to a representative of Pop Smoke seeking further comment.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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