Today Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, is out via Victor Victor Worldwide (VVW)/Republic Records. The album, co-executive produced by 50 Cent, contains previously released track “Make It Rain” featuring fellow Brooklyn rapper Rowdy Rebel, which became Pop’s highest Spotify chart debut. The full track list was revealed earlier this week through an immersive fan experience. Playing off the album’s title, fans were able to download a mobile app that created a fake sky with 19 custom chrome stars, each one uncovering a new song title when hovered over.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon finds Pop’s voice in concert with collaborators both old and new. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see — one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more, while also reuniting with familiar names like 808Melo, CashMoneyAP and Yamaica. It’s an album that only begins to scratch the surface of a talent who had so much more to show the world.
The release follows breakout mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Before his untimely passing, Pop Smoke was on his way to becoming a mainstream hip-hop giant. Rolling Stone acknowledged that “his transformation from a relatively unknown artist to next-up took place in the span of just a few month.” His presence caused a renewed energy in the birthplace of hip-hop, with Complex noting that he brought “a sense of excitement to New York rap that had been absent for years.” The Brooklyn upstart was finishing his debut album at the time of his passing and his circle of closest collaborators have completed the album in order to release it this summer as Pop Smoke had planned.