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Pop Smoke, 20, murdered in a Hollywood Hills home invasion

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In an unfortunate fate of events, Pop Smoke passed away this morning after being shot in a Hollywood Hills home invasion. According to the report by TMZ, it is unclear if the Canarsie-bred rapper knew the gunmen. If you want to read the full report, visit this link. It is updated as more information becomes available.

Lastly, we want to send our deepest condolences to the families, labels, and teams affected by the passing of 20-year-old recording artist Pop Smoke this morning. We want to thank the teams at Republic Records and TIDAL for including us in all of the activations and rollouts they created for him during his time with us. We’re going to miss him.


Written by Richardine Bartee

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