Rapper Pop Smoke fatally shot in Hollywood Hills home invasion
Rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot Wednesday morning during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills, California, multiple sources told NBC News.
The Brooklyn-born artist, whose real name was Bashar Jackson, was 20.
Jackson release his breakout hit "Welcome to the Party" in April 2019. Nicky Minaj remixed the song, which was originally a part of Jackson's debut mixtape, "Meet the Woo."
In December of that year, Jackson collaborated with JackBoys and Travis Scott on "Gatti."
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Earlier this month, Jackson dropped his second mixtape, "Meet the Woo V.2." The debuted #7 on the Top 200 chart, Billboard tweeted Tuesday.
He ran into a legal problem in January when he was accused of transporting a stolen Rolls-Royce across state lines. Jackson and the owner of the car had made a verbal agreement in Los Angeles that Jackson could use the car in an upcoming music video in exchange for the owner receiving special treatment at a Pop Smoke concert.
Jackson was supposed to return the car after the video shoot, but the owner tracked the car by GPS to Arizona, and also said a photo of Jackson and the car in New York had been posted to social media. That's when the owner reported the luxury car stolen.