Pop Smoke was on the cusp of superstardom after introducing American ears to the booming UK Drill sound, but his life was tragically cut short this past February. Today (July 3), the Brooklyn rapper’s posthumous studio album debut Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is here and fans on Twitter are sharing their reviews.
With the guiding hand of Steven Victor and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon manages to capture Pop Smoke’s massive microphone presence and bone-chilling delivery atop top-tier production from longtime collaborator 808Melo, CashMoneyAP, WondaGurl, Mustard, Buddah Bless, and others.
The album is heavy on features with Quavos of the Migos featured on three tracks, Tyga, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Swae Lee, Rowdy Rebel, and 50 Cent as well among others. Across 19 tracks, the promise of Pop Smoke and his hit-making ability is apparent thus making his passing tougher to stomach.
On Twitter, fans are chiming in in real-time as the morning rolls on and as folks digest the album in full. We’ve got those reactions listed out below.
pop smoke: “niggas know me, keep it two fours like i’m Kobe”— bill. (@0llyfyb) July 3, 2020
kobe & pop smoke in heaven: pic.twitter.com/EVSCbVfpci
Me enjoying Pop Smoke’s album but then remembering he’s dead pic.twitter.com/8BdCRByX7C— eniola #EndSARS (@EnnyChristiana) July 3, 2020
I don’t want no one saying Pop Smoke always sound the same. This man can sing his ass off pic.twitter.com/IyDEPebNyV— Your Favourite White Boy 🥸 (@noflophiphop) July 3, 2020
Me and my homies when we catch a nigga using a song off pop smoke album on a tik tok pic.twitter.com/rgM63IobUY— kayo (@butterflycoupee) July 3, 2020
Today is Pop smoke day, so if u see me posting alotta of his shit don’t get annoyed just mind yo business— P.🦋 (@PaolaRealest) July 3, 2020
ALBUM OUTTTTT NOWWW🥺‼️ pic.twitter.com/Ov6v2iCH3x
Pop Smoke and Lil Tjay on War, Mannequin, Mood Swings and Zoo York pic.twitter.com/TFpOdNiSUc— Fax🇳🇬 (@4pfawaz) July 3, 2020
That Pop Smoke album was sensational but knowing that was his last one........ pic.twitter.com/1r4HDlmQYm— Ackerman (@raph_emele) July 3, 2020
I’m actually heartbroken they killed pop smoke. pic.twitter.com/oAZLYwGjEs— ♡ (@niggabts) July 3, 2020
Me trying to enjoy Dior at the end of Pop Smokes new album pic.twitter.com/riKUcDFeoB— D²☔️ (@D2Briggs) July 3, 2020
Knowing Pop Smoke ain’t here to see his albums success 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/7uiM0u7zwV— Lilo🤎 (@JustHere2Pri) July 3, 2020
Anybody that talks bad about Pop smoke’s album pic.twitter.com/RA3BIUI4CZ— 𝐏𝐙 (@aurpaca) July 3, 2020
pop smoke and lil tjay on mood swings pic.twitter.com/ym3l8YM5LE— Bethhh🇳🇬 (@bethanyyxoi) July 3, 2020