According to new reports, Pop Smoke, the 20-year-old recording artist who was murdered in a home invasion earlier this month, canceled a show in Brooklyn, New York, just a few days before he was shot dead in a rented home.
TMZ claims the artist was supposed to put on a show on the 16th of February at Kings Theater in New York, but the New York Police Department forced him to cancel it. On his Instagram account, Pop Smoke apologized to his fan base for the canceled performance, stating that the police forced the concert’s closure.
TMZ claims that he was the once to actually phone the police for their assistance, but said on his social media account that it was their fault. The 20-year-old was killed on Wednesday when four masked men stormed the LA home he was staying in.
When his death was announced in the media, Billboard claims streams of his discography increased by nearly 400%. The police announced previously that his death could be related to the Crips and Bloods feud in the city of Los Angeles.
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Pop…where do I start ? THE KING OF NEW YORK ! This was the worst morning I Have ever experienced. I woke up to news that you have passed. At first I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. I was saying In my head , not pop. This cannot be real. I never thought I would be sitting here , crying in my room writing this about you…You meant everything to me pop. I remember you first started rapping , You Dropped “MPR” it was at a few thousand views, I listened and instantly fell in love with you’re music. I will never accept the fact that you are really gone even though it’s apart of life. You will always be my favorite rapper and the biggest inspiration to me ever. You were only 20 and already a legend. I’m hurting bad smh… It’s been 3 hours and I have not stopped crying 💔. My Heart fucking hearts. This is still unreal to me . You will always be my G.O.A.T pop 💙. You were unique Pop , you had a Different Flow and you had New York on lock. You took New York rap to a different level. You Were New York pop 💙. i can continue writing about you for hours and hours or even days, but This is just making me cry. I will always love you and will miss you tremendously. Fly high Angel 💙🕊.
As it was previously reported, the Robbery-Homicide Division, Captain Jonathan Tippet, said to the LA Times last week that he wasn’t “comfortable” referring to the shooting death of Pop Smoke as a “robbery.”
Todd Malm reported on the 20th of February, 2020, that the men never stole anything from the home. In other words, it’s probable that Pop Smoke’s death was gang-related. Initially, reports stated that Pop Smoke was killed in a robbery gone wrong, however, it turns out that wasn’t true.
Additionally, Pop Smoke’s past social media posts perpetuated the rumor, because of one photo in which he was holding a huge wad of cash, and also wearing designer clothing and expensive jewelry. Fans believed he was targeted due to showing off his purported wealth.
Pop Smoke accrued attention in the hip-hop scene when he released his song, “Welcome To The Party,” which Nicki Minaj later got in on.