The late Pop Smoke‘s presumed self-titled second album actually has a title. Music executive Steven Victor has come forward to let loose the official name of his protégé’s upcoming posthumous project.
Victor went to his Instagram page to end the mystery. Barring any sudden changes, Smoke’s newly revealed FAITH album is officially set to drop this coming Friday.
A few days ago, posters started appearing around New York City with Pop Smoke’s face and a revealing date. Barring any last-minute changes, July 16th has remained the day fans can look forward to new music from the Woo, who passed away in February of 2020.
The street signs show a vintage black and white snapshot of Pop Smoke donning his signature hairstyle with iced out rings and chains on. The street promo also reminds pedestrians of the album being self-titled.
Pop Smoke’s Debut Album Success
Pop Smoke’s music lives on through his fans. The Brooklyn native made history with his 2020 album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon continuing to do the unthinkable on the music charts. Released last July, the posthumous album had spent 17 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This was the longest run since 1990, with his project moving 43,000 units the first week in March 2021 and returning to the top spot.
The late Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album rides its enduring momentum to a milestone unseen in 30 years on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, leads the chart for a 17th week, the longest stay at No. 1 since 1990.Moon, released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records, rebounds from No. 3 on the chart dated March 6 through 43,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 25, according to MRC Data, up 13% from the previous week. The project, released last July, was the posthumous debut studio album for Pop Smoke, who died at age 20 in February 2020 during a home invasion.
The Woo Honored In Gun Violence PSA
On Feb. 19, 2020, the rising rap superstar was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery. In the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of Pop’s death, his parents were featured in a public service announcement about gun violence. Audrey and Greg Jackson lost their son, Bashar Jackson (a.k.a. Pop Smoke), to gun violence one year ago. The couple partnered with the I Will Graduate program and the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance to make a PSA addressing the epidemic that has scarred communities throughout the world.
“Because of gun violence, I’ll never see my son run up the front of our steps, taking them two at a time. He won’t ever take my hand again and dance with me. He won’t come into my room and muscle-pose in the mirror. Gun violence destroys families. It must stop.” (Audrey Jackson)