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Rapper Pop Smoke and a friend showed off stacks cash hours before he was gunned down inside his rental home early Wednesday.

The 20-year-old rapper hosted a party at his rented Hollywood Hills home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.

The up-and-coming rapper posted a photo of himself and a friend sitting in a car, apparently flashing $100,000 in cash. Hours later, masked men broke into his home and shot him dead.

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The rapper, who was born Bashar Jackson, wore a blue Louis Vuitton outfit in the photos. Blue is the color of the Crips street gang.

Police are working on a theory that someone at the party set Jackson up. Numerous party guests live-streamed the party and posted cell phone photos from Jackson's house on social media.

Blogger @Gossipofthecity tweeted:

"Rapper #PopSmoke posted his location hours before he was robbed and killed. PopSmoke and his friend tagged Beverly Hills but ppl in LA know it’s not. They traced everything from PopSmoke Instagram account and got him."

Celebrities reacted to Pop Smoke's death on social media. "Yo, we gotta do better, man, what we doing? What we doing man? At the end of the day, man, we all kings," said rapper Jeezy. "We not in the jungle, you ain't gotta kill yo' brother to eat."

Jeezy urged social media thugs to "do better" and apply themselves.


 

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Sean "Puffy" Combs gave rapper DaBaby the ultimate endorsement on New Year's Day. Combs, 50, bumped into the "Kirk" rapper outside Club Story in Miami Beach, and told him he was the hottest rapper in the game right now.

Video footage captured the moment between the young rap artist and the aging rap mogul.

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DaBaby is best known for his single "Suge", off his debut studio album, Baby on Baby (2019). "Suge" peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard 100 chart. His 2nd album, Kirk debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

DaBaby's meteoric rise to the top of the charts made him one of the top rappers in 2019.

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Drake, arguably the rapper of the decade, surprised DaBaby by joining him onstage at the Toronto stop of his Kirk tour last month.

"2018, 2017, I used to watch you rep your city," Drake told DaBaby in a video posted to DaBaby's Instagram account. "I used to watch you love your city, And look, we don't say this to each other enough as rappers but I wanna say congratulation. You're killing this."

The Internet erupted last month after DaBaby's fake sex tape went viral on Twitter.com.

The real sex tape was scrubbed from the Internet after being shopped to the blogs.
 

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The man accused of shooting aspiring rapper Skim Dunkin to death in 2011, will spend the next 25 years in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Vinson Hardimon, aka Young Vito, was found not guilty of Slim Dunkin's murder by a Fulton County jury on Monday.

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