The day before his murder, Jackson and friend Michael Durodola posted several images on social media, including one in which Mellencamp’s home address can be seen in the background. The rapper also posted a story on Instagram and Facebook of gifts he had received. One showed the house’s full address on the packaging, giving out its location.
Jackson’s body was originally planned to be buried at the Cypress Hills Cemetery but was later changed to GreenWood Cemetery. Family, friends, and fans of Jackson gathered in his hometown of Canarsie, Brooklyn, to show their respects. His casket was pulled in a horse-drawn carriage and was surrounded by glass windows and white curtains. On September 11, 2021, it was discovered that his grave site was vandalized, with the headstone smashed.
On July 9, 2020, three adult men and two minors were arrested for the murder of the rapper. One of the adult suspects has been charged with murder with a special circumstance that alleged the killing was committed “during the commission of a robbery and a burglary”, and another charged with attempted murder. The two juveniles were charged with murder and robbery in juvenile court. As California law requires a minor to be at least 16 at the time of the crime, the 15-year-old could not be tried as an adult; and, under George Gascón’s policy to keep all juveniles in juvenile court, the 17-year-old could not be tried as an adult, either.
Jackson’s parents, Audrey and Greg Jackson, shared memories of their son before saying how gun violence took him away from them.
“On February 19th, at 4:00 AM, a gun was used to take my son from me. You know him as Pop Smoke, we called him ‘Shar’. 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 hands 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 during a “Gun Violence Destroys Families” public service announcement
Danny Schwartz wrote in The Ringer that “Pop Smoke conquered New York rap and gave the city the kind of readymade and potentially defining star it hadn’t seen in years”. He claimed that “in New York City city, ‘Welcome to the Party’ was more omnipresent than hits like ‘Old Town Road’.”
Jackson’s work ethic was widely praised by his peers in the music industry. The executive producer of his posthumous album, 50 Cent, revealed Smoke was always “writing what said down” on his telephone, while Quavo added he “felt like [he] was talking to somebody that had been in the game for three years already”.
Producer Rico Beats stated that, in his last few months, Jackson started “telling kids, don’t go the gang route”, wanting to “be a better person”. A few months after his death, his family announced the creation of Shoot for the Stars, a foundation Jackson had planned to create prior to his death, with the goal of helping and inspiring inner-city youth.
After his death, several murals of him were created in Canarsie. Although his lyrics do not generally contend with police brutality or racism, his songs, particularly “Dior”, were popularly used during the George Floyd protests in New York City as a symbol of resistance
Meet the Woo Tour
The Meet the Woo Tour was scheduled to be the debut headlining concert tour by Pop Smoke. It was launched in support of his two mixtapes, Meet the Woo (2019) and Meet the Woo 2 (2020), and had been set to consist of concerts in North America and the United Kingdom.
The tour was announced in January 2020, with dates being released at the same time. Pop Smoke later added more UK tour dates after high demand from fans. The tour was canceled after Pop Smoke was shot and killed.
Tour dates were released on the same day for North America, while dates for the United Kingdom were revealed in February. Due to high demand from fans, more tour dates for the UK were revealed on February 13, 2020. Pop Smoke shared a promotional flyer for the tour on social media. Pop Smoke and his team were planning on finishing, mixing, and mastering his debut studio album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, starting the first week of March 2020.
In an interview with Revolt, Pop Smoke’s DJ Jeffrey Archer talked about the tour. “Honestly, it’s nothing planned yet. We just got those dates. This is officially going to be our first real big tour. This is going to be a month. I’m very excited about it. We’re going to a few places we’ve never been to. We’ve been getting feedback over the last seven months [from] fans like, ‘Please come out here.’ There are loyal fans at these shows. You should expect a lot more music and shows. He has a lot of music coming out with a lot of artists. He’s not playing. We’re definitely shaking the room in 2020.”
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