Rapper Pop Smoke Reportedly Killed in Hollywood Hills Home Invasion
This is a developing story.
Rising Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was reportedly shot and killed at a Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning, TMZ first reported.
The Los Angeles Times reported that officers responded to the Hollywood Hills after someone on the East Coast reported the invasion around 5 a.m. The caller said at least one intruder was armed and wearing a black mask, police said. When officers arrived, they said they found the 20-year-old artist, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, with gunshot wounds, the LA Times reported, citing law enforcement officials.
Jackson was reportedly taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An official from the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press conference on Wednesday morning that the victim’s identity has not yet been confirmed. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning, NBCLA reported, but the LAPD officers said they are looking for between two and six people in connection with the killing.
In a December 2019 Fader profile, the artist was described as an up-and-coming star. “Pop Smoke is parsing apart a lived experience highly relevant to a homegrown fan base that’s invested in protecting him from the authorities’ obstructive power,” wrote the author Shamira Ibrahim.
Tributes to Pop Smoke were pouring in on Wednesday morning from artists including 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj, who remixed the late artist’s breakout hit “Welcome to the Party,” which was released in April 2019.
Earlier this month, Pop Smoke released his second mixtape “Meet the Woo V.2.” The mixtape debuted #7 on the Top 200 Chart, Billboard tweeted Tuesday. The rapper was preparing to go on tour in March.