The voice of Brooklyn drill was on the rise for complete domination. 20-year-old rapper, Pop Smoke, had New York in the palm of his hand, and at a young age, the rising star showcased a glimpse of his potential.
Pop Smoke’s animated personality, and effortlessly cool swagger gave the world of hip-hop something that they’ve been waiting for. As the music industry was entering a new shift with the new decade, Pop Smoke was the line leader to be the superstar that the genre needed. With his charisma, the rapper didn’t need to do much to convience you, and as he tragically passed away earlier this year, his long-lasting impact was proof that in a short amount of time, he already cemented his legacy.
With his posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon topping the Billboard 200, Pop Smoke expanded beyond New York drill and is rising up the charts with hits such as “Mood Swings” and “The Woo”. The latter is nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Song of the Summer, and Pop Smoke’s legacy can grow with a VMA win.
MTV rolled out the category earlier this week and saw 16 nominees with Pop Smoke included. The network utilized a tournament style for fans to vote, and “The Woo” which also features 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch is in the final four.
Here’s how to vote: head over to @MTV’s Instagram stories and simply vote for Pop Smoke in the polls.
The winner will be announced during the ceremony on Sunday, August 30