Five people were arrested in connection with the death of the rapper of Brooklyn Pop Smoke. The 20-year-old artist, born Bashar Jackson, was shot dead in an alleged theft from a rented apartment in Hollywood, California on February 19.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it had arrested three adult men and two minors. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, have been charged with murder. Jaquan Murphy, 21, has been charged with attempted murder.
The LAPD said members of a Los Angeles street gang were involved in the deaths of Pop Smoke and 18-year-old Kamryn Stone who was killed while working for a cleaning crew after a game of football at Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium in September. 2019.
Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was released last week. The pioneer of drilling in Brooklyn was known for his collaborations with British artists such as 808 Melo, Yoz, Swirv and AXL, whose music he found on YouTube.
In his last interview, Pop predicted the longevity of their sound: “Here’s what New York looks like now. We have closed this gap between London and New York. We have at least had a decade with this. ”
The success of Pop Smoke in 2019, Welcome to the Party, was produced by 808 Melo. This year, his single Dior – also produced by 808 Melo – became a frequent soundtrack for Black Lives Matter protests in New York. Pitchfork’s critic Alphonse Pierre described it as “a radical addition to the protest canon”.
Pierre wrote: “Dior is cathartic in everything he encapsulates, a song that contains many feelings at once: the frustration of seeing a friend imprisoned, the pleasure of flirting and acquiring the latest designer clothes (for that you can flirt even more), a reality that gives you pause, knowing that everything could end in the blink of an eye. “