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Juice WRLD (left) replaced rapper Pop Smoke (right) atop the Billboard 200 chart after debuting his posthumous album, Legends Never Die.

Juice WRLD's new release topped the U.K. charts on Friday and now it landed at No. 1 in the U.S. with the biggest sales week of 2020. The album scored equivalent sales of 497,000.

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Juice WRLD (pictured) replaces another late rapper, Pop Smoke, at number one. Pop's debut album Shoot for the Stars falls to No. 2, marking the first time two posthumous releases have scored the top 2 spots.

Legends Never Die is Juice WRLD's second number one album in the U.S., following the success of last year's Death Race for Love, which topped the Billboard 200 in March, 2019.

The new album is the first release of new music from the rapper since his overdose death in December.

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical falls to number three, while Lil Baby's My Turn and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone round out the top five.

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Three adult suspects have been identified in the Feb. 19 murder of rapper Pop Smoke during a home invasion at his rental property.

Police identified the adults as Corey Walker, 19, Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, and Jaquan Murphy, 21. The names of the two juveniles were withheld. Their bail was set at $1 million each.

Walker and Rodgers were booked on suspicion of murder, Murphy was charged with attempted murder.

Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Jackson, was best known for his 2019 gangsta anthem "Welcome to the Party." A remix featured Nicki Minaj.

One of the suspects told police photos Jackson posted on social media revealed his address. One photo showed a male flashing a large amount of cash.

The suspects used their car's GPS navigation system to lead them to Jackson's rental house in the Hollywood Hills.

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5 suspects were arrested in the February murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the arrests of 3 adults and 2 juveniles on Thursday.

The 5 were booked into jail and are undergoing interrogations.

The 20-year-old rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, was gunned down during a home invasion at his rental property in the Hollywood Hills on Feb. 19.

Jackson grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY, where he attended church and sang in the choir as a youth.

When he was 15 he won a scholarship to play basketball at a Philadelphia prep school, but he only stayed for a brief period.

Jackson began his recording career in 2018 with his breakout hit "Welcome to the Party," a gangsta anthem that featured Nicki Minaj on the remix.

In a Genius interview, he explained the origin of his stage name Pop Smoke is a combination of Poppa (a nickname given to him by his Panamanian grandmother) and Smoke, a nickname given to him by friends.

His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released on July 3.

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The new artwork has been revealed to replace Virgil Abloh's much-hated original art for the cover of late rapper Pop Smoke's posthumous album titled Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon.

The original cover failed to inspire Pop Smoke's fans, who trashed the cover - and Abloh's artistic design skills - on social media.

The 39-year-old artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection unveiled the cover, a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke surrounded by metallic roses and barbed wire, in a since-deleted Instagram post on Monday.

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Captioning the snap, Abloh wrote: "the last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

But many fans of the 20-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed in L.A. in February, expressed their bitter disappointment in the image.

The record label chose to stick with the rose theme for the new cover art. The new image is a single metallic rose on a black background.

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The reviews for the new cover art were mixed.

"I still don't like this shit," one fan wrote on Instagram.

"Imagine everyone clowning on u for making a bad album cover just for it to b a rose at tha end," wrote another user.

“That's better than Virgil shit," wrote a third user.

Some fans submitted their own album cover art to replace Abloh's cover.


 

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Virgil Abloh's cover for rapper Pop Smoke's posthumous album has been changed, after fans slammed the "lazy" artwork online.

The 39-year-old artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection unveiled the cover, a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke surrounded by metallic roses and barbed wire, in a since-deleted Instagram post on Monday.

Captioning the snap, Abloh wrote: "the last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

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"In your memory, I just finished it yesterday. As evidence of the whole idea, the t-shirt insinuates it's mandatory we put an and [sic] to this cycle of violence that plagues us, we need to shoot for the moon & aim for the stars."

But many fans of the 20-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed in L.A. in February, were quick to criticize the image.

"This is lazy. Pop Smoke deserves better," on Twitter user wrote.

Minutes later, a petition was created on Change.org to get the artwork changed, with the description reading: "Virgil deada** was wild lazy with Pop Smokes Album cover and he needs to fix it."

Heeding the backlash, Steven Victor, the head of the Victor Victor Worldwide label that signed Smoke, tweeted that the album cover would be changed and will be ready for the July 3 release of his album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

"HEARD YOU," he tweeted. "MAKING A CHANGE. POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS!"

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Irv Gotti says rappers are an endangered species in hip-hop because Black people won't stop killing each other.

The 49-year-old music industry exec shared his thoughts about rappers being killed more than any other artist.

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Up-and-coming Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was killed by four gunmen who broke into his Hollywood Hills home last month.

"It's sad, it really is sad," Gotti said in a street interview with toofab.com.

"It's a tragedy. 20 years old and they took his life," the Hollis, Queens native said.

"I love hip-hop, so I hate shit like that... It happens in hip-hop a lot. And it's just -- I wish our people was different. You know what I'm saying? I wish our people would think for one second. 20 years old, bruh. It only happens in hip-hop. And I don't wish that on nobody, but, you know what I'm saying. It's not like you're ever gonna see Justin Bieber get smoked, or whatever. And it's only hip-hop.

Gotti, real name Irving Lorenzo Jr., is a music producer and founder of Murder Inc Records. He was born to mixed race Black and Filipino parents.
 

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On the night he died, rapper Pop Smoke held a private party at the $2.5 million home he leased from Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

The 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, had signed the lease a month before he was gunned down inside the house by four masked home invaders at 4:29 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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10 days after his death, the LAPD have hit a roadblock, unable to identify the four suspects seen on surveillance video entering the house on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in Los Angeles.

About 20 people attended a party at the home to celebrate Pop Smoke's recent album release. But detectives say they have no leads due to a lack of witnesses.

Law enforcement tell TMZ that people are unwilling to talk about what they saw.

The potential witnesses cops have spoken to keep changing their stories, or telling outright lies. To make matters worse, cops wasted precious hours viewing videos online that turned out to have no connection to the case.

One Instagram blog with thousands of followers posted surveillance footage that purportedly showed the shooting inside the house. But the video turned out to be footage from a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Cops are having trouble coming up with a motive for the murder. Adding to their frustration, the victim lived in Brooklyn, but spent time on the West Coast. Which means cops have had to spend extra time tracking down witnesses who returned to the East Coast.

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Pop Smoke was not a household name when he died, but his murder boosted sales of his music, including his 2019 breakout hit "Welcome to the Party."

For two days after his death, Hercules Drive was lined with TV trucks and fans paying tribute to the drill rapper.

When a reporter visited on Friday afternoon, the street was all but empty, except for two construction workers painting a house nearby.

"It was impossible for a few days," one neighbor told reporter Tarpley Hitt, of theDailyBeast.com. "But now it seems weirdly normal."

While Hitt canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses, three young girls drove up to the cream colored house, taking pictures of the small shrine that included flowers and a crumpled dollar bill.

"We love him," one of the girls told Hitt. "We only heard about him when he died, from the Internet."

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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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New York rapper Pop Smoke, who was arrested in January for illegally transporting a $375,000 Rolls-Royce from California, was killed in a home invasion robbery early Wednesday. He was 20.

Pop Smoke, who was born Bashar Jackson, was shot to death when a group of masked men broke into his Hollywood Hills home, police say.

The rapper, who was born in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn, NY, was partying with friends around 4 a.m. when masked gunmen broke into the home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.

Police responded to a 911 call placed by a friend of the victim, who reported a shooting at the house. Multiple people were in the home when the shooting occurred. There were no other injuries.

Jackson was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said Jackson was targeted by the gunmen. A motive is unknown.

The rapper was previously charged with transporting a 2019 Rolls-Royce from California to NY. The car was found parked outside his parents' home in Brooklyn. The license plate had been changed and the windows had been tinted, authorities say.

The rapper told police he "borrowed" the car for a music video in Los Angeles, according to an indictment.

Jackson is best known for his rap singles "Welcome to the Party" and "Dior" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo.

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Rapper Pop Smoke was arrested for allegedly stealing and transporting a $375,000 Rolls-Royce from California to New York.

The 20-year-old, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 17, at JFK airport after arriving on a flight from Paris, France where he attended Paris Fashion Week.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce was found parked outside his parents' home in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. The license plate had been changed and the windows had been tinted, authorities say.

The rapper told police he "borrowed" the car for a music video, according to an indictment.

The Brooklyn native is accused of arranging to transport the Rolls-Royce cross country on the back of a flatbed truck.

A photo posted on Instagram shows him posing in front of the stolen luxury vehicle at a gas station. The image has since been deleted from Instagram, but it can be viewed on Facebook.com.

Jackson is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, a felony. The car has since been returned to its rightful owner.

Thanks to NY state's no cash bail reform, Jackson was released after a court appearance on Friday. He is best knowns for his rap singles "Welcome to the Party" and "Dior" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo.