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Police in Los Angeles say East Coast rapper Pop Smoke was "targeted" and murdered execution-style in a home he rented in the Hollywood Hills early Wednesday.

The LAPD reports the 911 call about Pop Smoke's home invasion in California came from a caller in New York.

The LAPD says 4 gunmen barged into Pop Smoke's rental house despite a deadbolt lock on the front door. The alarm had been disabled by someone inside the house. The gunmen apparently got his address from a gift bag he carelessly showed off in an Instagram video.

Rappers from Nicki Minaj to Drake said their RIPs in social media posts for the rapper they barely knew, but whose death reminds them, there is no loyalty among thieves.

But not everyone has sympathy for Pop Smoke or rappers like him who flash cash and material things on social media.

One Instagram user wrote:

"this was selfish & also rappers arent safe bc they arent humble hov been told them stop holding they money up (they still did it took it as an insult) ... they flex all day & then want sympathy from us when the materials they just threw in our face have been stolen from them ... its called accountability ... you dont hear this stuff happening in other genre’s ... anybody ever tried to hit a lick off dolly parton? no bc all dolly flex is a new wig or boots... rant over."

Another IG user writes:

"Mac Miller never got shot at. There’s a lot of rappers that don’t wake up and go to sleep scared of being shot at or robbed. I wonder what the reason for this is."

A third user wrote:

"Well instead of wasting money I'm jewelry and things that don't matter why don't you guys actually buy a house that is secluded pay for security do you guys think you're untouchable could you rap about guns?"

 

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50 Cent and Nicki Minaj lead the tributes to rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was fatally shot during a suspected home invasion robbery in Los Angeles.

Masked gunmen reportedly broke into the up-and-coming rapper's leased Hollywood Hills home in the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 19. The thugs fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding the 20 year old. No one else was injured.

LAPD has previously issued warnings to the hip-hop community about gangs stalking rapper timelines on social media.

Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

50 Cent was among the first to comment on the sad news as his death hit headlines, taking to Twitter and writing, "R.I.P to my man Pop Smoke, No sympathy for winners. God bless him".

Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with the Brooklyn, New York native on a remix of his breakthrough hit "Welcome to the Party" last year, also mourned his loss by posting a photo on Instagram and captioning it, "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop."
 

Atlanta rapper Ludacris posted, "Man Come On I don't even know dude but he was just getting started in this Rap Game. I was definitely interested in seeing his Growth. Too many young lives with so much potential being taken away. This S**t has to stop R.I.P. Pop Smoke".

Fellow rappers Nas, Quavo, Talib Kweli, Joe Budden, and Questlove, also shared tributes, while The Game tweeted, "Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up & Pop Smoke dead. That's brazy.... 20 years old, damn."

Police have yet to identify the suspects, who fled the scene on foot, but reality TV star Teddi Mellencamp revealed she owns the rental property in which Smoke was killed.

In a note on Instagram, the daughter of rocker John Mellencamp admitted she and her family were stunned by the tragedy as she offered up her condolences to Smoke's relatives, WENN.com reported.

"We would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life," she wrote.

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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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Lil Durk (right) is linked to yet another shooting - this time it's fatal. A teenager who was featured in a viral video with rapper Lil Durk's artist, OTF Dede (left), was shot to death on Sunday, January 19.

Chicago police say a 17-year-old female was shot and killed in a vacant lot in the 6700 block of South Parnell Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

Witnesses say three males pulled up in a silver sedan. They got out of the sedan and one of the males fired shots at her.

OTF Dede was forced to perform oral sex on the girl in a video that went viral. Thugs reportedly set him up with her in a hotel room.

They later burst into the room and forced OTF Dede to perform oral sex on the girl at gunpoint. The girl was menstruating at the time.

Police believe OTF Dede's enemies killed the teen to shut her up.

The rapper was beaten, robbed and his braids were cut off. The video went viral on social media.

Following the attack, Lil Durk tweeted: "The Internet is the news version of the streets just more snitching."

Lil Durk, a 27-year-old Chicago native, is currently out on bond following his arrest for attempted murder in Atlanta last year.
 

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Police are hunting a group of seven teenagers who attacked an Orthodox Jewish man as he walked down a street in Brooklyn, NY.

The attack happened on Dec. 24, as the man walked alone down Lincoln Place near Albany Avenue.

Police released surveillance video footage of the males wearing black hoodies. As they walked past the man, one of the teens threw a chair at his head, knocking him to the sidewalk.

The attack happened just days after Grafton Thomas, who is Black, stabbed five Jewish people in the basement of a rabbi's home in Monsley, New York. The victims were celebrating the seventh night of Hannukkah.

The latest attack is the 14th incidence of anti-Semitic crimes perpetrated mainly by Black people in New York City's boroughs.

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A federal judge disagreed with prosecutors that rapper Tekashi69 should be set free with time served. The judge sentenced the 23-year-old rapper to 24 months in prison with 5 years probation after he is released.

The judge lectured the rapper for over 20 minutes. He said Tekashi will not walk free today because the 13 months the rapper has already served is not enough time.

After telling Tekashi he "squandered" his recording career by joining a violent gang, the judge said, "Mr Hernandez, please rise. It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release."

He continued: "I impose 300 hours of community service when you get out, and a fine of $35,000. Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You've learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well. We are adjourned."

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Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on racketeering, weapons and drug charges in 2018. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder and armed robbery as a member of the notorious Nine Trey Bloods street gang.

The judge considered victim impact statements from 2 armed robbery victims: a man and a woman who say their lives have been altered by the rapper's violent actions.

The man said he lives in constant fear of Tekashi69 sending his gang associates to "finish the job".

The victim concludes his impact letter by asking the judge, "Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?"

Black Twitter responded to a judge telling wannabe gangster Tekashi69 that he will not walk free today.

One Twitter user referenced a quote by Breakfast Club radio host Charlamagne da god who said he would perform fellatio on Tekashi69 if his charges were dropped and he walked out of jail a free man.

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Lil Reese knows he is lucky to be alive. The 26-year-old Chicago rapper was shot in the neck while riding in a car in suburban Chicago on Nov. 11.

Surveillance footage taken from a traffic camera shows a gunman firing a Draco AK-47 pistol at Reese's car across several lanes of traffic.

Police have no suspects in the shooting. Reese was reported to be in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

While in the hospital, Reese hopped on Instagram Live to show his haters that he was still breathing.

After being released from the hospital, Reese, aka Grim Reaper, posted an image that shows a stapled vertical surgical incision on the front of his neck.

He captioned the image: "Made 4 it Lifes a gamble I got hella luck" [sic].

Reese has become a favorite target of robbing crews and rival Chicago rappers.

In June, Reese was jumped and robbed by multiple men who videotaped the encounter. The video later went viral on social media. His attackers claimed he lost control of his bowels during the scuffle.

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Tekashi69 reportedly turned down the opportunity to enter the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. The 23-year-old rapper considered entering the program after testifying against fellow members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods street gang.

Last week, the troubled rapper testified that fellow rappers Jim Jones and Cardi B were involved with the Bloods gang.

He also admitted he helped try to kill a rival gang member, as part of a plea bargain to avoid a potential 47-year prison sentence.

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While Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, was mocked by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg for being a "snitch", TMZ reported the rapper rejected an offer to enter the program because he wants to revive his recording career once he's freed from prison.

TMZ added that, instead of government-funded protection, he'll hire his own 24/7 security team to guard him and his family.

Although he's currently behind bars without bond, Tekashi apparently believes he'll be able to pick up his music career once he's out of jail - as early as next year, as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors.

Tekashi was expected to go into the witness protection program, but he was told he would have to pay to remove his distinctive tattoos.

Tekashi's trial is expected to wrap on Thursday. The trial will be documented in the upcoming Snapchat series Tekashi69 Vs The World, which is expected to drop soon.

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