(TIML NEWS) Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed Wednesday morning in what could have been a home invasion. The up-and-comer was reportedly at home in Hollywood Hills around 4:30 a.m. when two masked men broke into a house, law enforcement sources told TMZ. The outlet reports that the two men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke, and fled on foot.
Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead. He was 20 years old.
TMZ reports that no suspects have been apprehended or identified. One man was reportedly placed in handcuffs but was released after police determined he was not involved. It’s unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters
Pop Smoke is perhaps best known for his song “Welcome to the Party” off his July 2019 album Meet The Woo. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months after it blew up. He also collaborated with Travis Scott for the song “Gatti.”