The unpredictable arrival of fate can be one of gruesome irony, a fact that has been driven home for 2020 in the wake of Pop Smoke’s untimely death.
Despite his relatively newfound success, the fast-rising Brooklyn rap star was making serious moves in the game that garnered him the respect of some important people in the industry, including Nicki Minaj, Quavo and Travis Scott. The weight of his loss became even heavier after an interview resurfaced with the 20-year-old and DJ Whoo Kid.
The famed New York DJ published a video from a previous sit-down interview with Pop, and the clip has struck a chord in fans' hearts. In the interview, Whoo and Pop were discussing his rapid music ascent with a few hit singles already under his belt. Halfway through their conversation, Whoo Kid brought up the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, in a fatal helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of the other passengers aboard the flight.
“Were you affected when you crossed all over, traveling? Did that hit you hard?” Whoo Kid wondered.
“Man, don’t say that. I’mma cry. Can’t do that. That n****a different. That was my favorite player,” Pop responded, pointing to one of his friends off-camera. “Me and this n***a, we gon’ go back and forth on this all the time...I’m like ‘who the best player?’”
Some light banter about who is the better player between the Black Mamba and NBA superstar Lebron James ensued.
“I don’t know...It’s just so shocking that it f**ked my head,” Whoo continued. “That’s the last thing I think would go down in 2020. But life is crazy, man.” The hip-hop elder followed up with the adage that “you have to live everyday like it’s your last.” “I mean in a cool way, though, ” he clarified as Pop listened on, who co-signed his sentiments with a quick “fo’ sho’.”
Given the shocking fate of Pop, the brief exchange now resonates differently among fans.
“Man this s**t is crazy talking about someone else dying not knowing you about to....... 20 years old,” one person commented in DJ Whoo Kid’s comments on Instagram. “This s**t is heavy,” a second person wrote. “Young man gone farrrrr to d**n soon!”
“Crazy you said to him ‘you have to live each day as if it was your last’,” a third noted.
(Photo L-R: Arik McArthur/Getty Images and Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)