Artist: Pop Smoke
Album: Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
Release Date: July 3
Tracklist: Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album includes features from Quavo, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Swae Lee, Future, 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, and more. You can see the entire tracklist below.
1. Bad Bitch From Tokyo (Intro) (prod. by 808Melo) 2. Aim For the Moon [ft. Quavo] (prod. by 808Melo and WondaGurl) 3. For the Night [ft. Lil Baby & DaBaby] (prod. by CashmoneyAP and Palaze) 4. 44 Bulldog (prod. by Mobz and Mora) 5. Gangstas (prod. by Swirv & CashmoneyAP) 6. Yea Yea (prod. by HakzBeats) 7. Creature. [ft. Swae Lee] (prod. by 808Melo) 8. Snitchin [ft. Quavo & Future] (prod. by Buddah Bless & SethTheChef) 9. Make It Rain. [ft. Rowdy Rebel] (prod. by Yamaica) 10. The Woo. [ft. 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch] (prod. by 808Melo) 11. West Coast Shit. [ft. Tyga & Quavo] (prod. by DJ Mustard and Bongo) 12. Enjoy Yourself [ft. Karol G] (prod. by Palaze & Luci G) 13. Hotel Lobby (prod. by 808Melo & Jess Jackson) 14. What You Know Bout Love (prod. by Tash) 15. Something Special (prod. by Duro) 16. Diana [ft. King Combs] (prod. by SpunkBigga) 17. Got It on Me (prod. by Young Devante) 18. Tunnel Vision (Outro) (prod. by 808Melo, Nagra & Carson Hackney) 19. Dior (Bonus) (prod. by 808Melo)
Artwork: Virgil Abloh designed the original artwork for Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, per Pop Smoke's request.
Following backlash from fans, however, record executive and Pop Smoke's former manager, Steven Victor, announced that the cover would be redesigned. "Pop would listen to his fans," Victor stated. The final design was reportedly selected by Pop's mother.
Editor's Notes: Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album has been teased for months, and today the much-anticipated project finally arrived. Prior to the release, the family of the rapper – real name Bashar Jackson – announced the Shoot for the Stars foundation set up by Pop Smoke before his passing, also revealing the title of the album.
Shoot for the Stars' mission is to help kids reach their goals despite living in difficult circumstances. It aligns with the title of Pop's forthcoming album: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.
The foundation will be led by the late rapper's mother and realizes his vision to "help urban youth everywhere turn their pain into champagne." In a statement, Ms. Jackson shared, "As [Bashar] traveled around the city, he realized that the technology he had access to during his school years was not the norm for urban schools [...] It was great fun brainstorming and planning [Shoot for the Stars] with him. I am looking forward to working with the team he put together before he was so tragically taken from us."
Before he was fatally shot on February 19, 2020, Pop and his team were able to raise $100,000 toward Shoot for the Stars.
In early June, the first single from the project dropped. "Make It Rain" features Rowdy Rebel and delivers Pop's signature drill production and recognizable gritty rhymes. The track was released in place of Pop's album, which was set to drop on June 12 but was delayed until today.
"Music is the tool of revolution. We have been watching, along with the rest of the world, as long overdue change starts to take root," said Universal Music Group executive Steven Victor when breaking the news. "We have seen Pop’s music become the soundtrack of the moment, unifying the masses."
"Given recent events, we have decided to delay the release of his album out of respect for the movement," he went on to add. "Make It Rain will be released this Friday, June 12th. The album will be released on July 3rd. Please join us in celebrating Pop Smoke’s legacy."
News of the posthumous LP arrived after Victor disclosed in early May that additional new projects are also due to arrive throughout the next year, including a Pop Smoke documentary.
"Throughout the next year we will be sharing new music, as we continue to build Pop's legacy. In conjunction with his estate we will be making formal announcements on his foundation and music projects," he stated.
Pop Smoke's proper debut album serves as a followup to Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2 from July 2019 and February 2020, respectively.