Special Pop Smoke Posthumous Debut Album Released
RELEASE ARRIVES ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LATE RAPPER'S 21ST BIRTHDAY
FEATURES JAMIE FOXX, YOUNG THUG, GUNNA, BURNA BOY, DAVIDO, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE & MORE
MUSIC VIDEO FOR "THE WOO FEAT. 50 CENT & RODDY RICCH" RELEASED
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"In a moment of tremendous political and social turmoil, Shoot for the Stars offers listeners catharsis."
"Pop Smoke's presence looms large in popular music, and this album helps to explain why."
"The speed with which hip-hop superstars like Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj were gravitating toward him for collaborations portended great things, suggesting that the king of New York might someday become the king of everywhere else, too"
"Pop Smoke retains the intensity that made him great"
"The rapper's posthumous debut album shows us why he remains the voice of New York City"
20 JULY 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, the deluxe version of Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, is out via Victor Victor Worldwide (VVW)/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, to celebrate what would have been the late artist's 21st birthday. The deluxe album includes 14 new songs with features from Jamie Foxx, Young Thug, Gunna, Burna Boy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Davido, Fivio Foreign and more. In conjunction with the deluxe version of the album, Pop Smoke's estate has released the video for Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon standout "The Woo" featuring 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch.
Listen to Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Deluxe) BELOW
The deluxe version arrives after the album topped the Billboard 200 Chart and after "For The Night" debuted inside the top ten of the Hot 100 chart, the first Pop Smoke song to do so. The album also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland and became the highest charting debut rap album from an international artist in the UK following 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' released in 2003.
The deluxe version of Shoot For The Stars Aim For The moon also comes on the heels of Pop Smoke's Complex cover story where his collaborators came together to tell the story of how Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon came together.
The album finds Pop's voice in concert with collaborators both old and new. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see -- one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more, while also reuniting with familiar names like 808Melo, CashMoneyAP and Yamaica. It's an album that only begins to scratch the surface of a talent who had so much more to show the world.
The release follows breakout mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Before his untimely passing, Pop Smoke was on his way to becoming a mainstream hip-hop giant. Rolling Stone acknowledged that "his transformation from a relatively unknown artist to next-up took place in the span of just a few month." His presence caused a renewed energy in the birthplace of hip-hop, with Complex noting that he brought "a sense of excitement to New York rap that had been absent for years." The Brooklyn upstart was finishing his debut album at the time of his passing and his circle of closest collaborators have completed the album in order to release it this summer as Pop Smoke had planned.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Deluxe) - Tracklist:
About Pop Smoke:
He turned up at the top of 2020 with Meet The Woo 2 and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Meanwhile, "Welcome to the Party" went gold, he entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart four times and his breakout single "Dior" achieved platinum status and is currently Top Ten on Urban radio. To date, he has amassed more than three billion streams worldwide and counting.
Source Universal Music Canada
July 21, 2020 9:35am ET by Pressparty