Nearly three months after his untimely passing, a release date for Pop Smoke’s posthumus debut album has been revealed.
Steven Victor, who managed the late rapper, shared the details via Instagram on Thursday (May 13.) He posted what could possibly be cover art along with the album’s official release date of June 12. The artwork featured a metallic silver rose against a sleek black background. Neither a title nor an official tracklist for the album has been revealed thus far.
Earlier in May, Victor, alongside Pop’s family, announced plans to release additional projects alongside some of the music the late Brooklyn rapper was working on before he was killed.
“Throughout the next year, we will be sharing new music, as we continue to build Pop’s legacy,” the joint statement reads. “In conjunction with his estate, we will be making formal announcements on his foundation and music projects.”
50 Cent previously announced in March that he would executive produce the late rapper’s final project, and immediately sought features from some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Drake, Chris Brown, Roddy Ricch, Jeremih, and Fivio Foreign. The latter shared with HOT 97 that he and Smoke had recorded a song for his 800 B.C. mixtape together the day before he died.
Then in April, Victor told Complex that a documentary about the late rapper’s life and death is currently in the works.
Pop Smoke’s star was on the rise before he was tragically shot and killed on February 19 by intruders who invaded the Hollywood Hills house he was renting. The 20-year-old, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The hip-hop community was shaken by the news, and many took to social media to express their grief and shock over the tragedy.
The still untitled album will be the follow-up to his well-received second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard. The “Welcome to the Party” rapper released the mixtape just days before he was killed.
See Steven Victor’s announcement below:
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