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Pop Smoke remembered by Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Ella Mai and more


Joseph Okpako/WireImageThe hip-hop community is in mourning after Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion Wednesday in Los Angeles. Celebs and friends shared fond memories of the Brooklyn rapper on social media. 

“The Bible tells that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop,” Nicki Minaj wrote on Instagram. She jumped on the remix to Smoke’s hit single, “Welcome to the Party.”

Wednesday night, Roddy Ricch paid tribute to the late rapper, playing the song during his concert in front of over 20,000 screaming fans in New York.

Travis Scott played a snippet of an unreleased track with Pop on his Instagram story. Meanwhile, Quavo described the Brooklyn rapper as a “Very Talented Humble Respectful and Appreciative,” and a “Fast Learning Young Boss.”

Ella Mai said she’s praying for Pop Smoke’s family. On Twitter, she wrote, “It’s becoming way too familiar saying rest in peace tell your people you love them with every chance you get. praying for pop smokes family.” 

Jadakiss told BET he spoke to Pop a few times on the phone to arrange a performance for his daughter’s 16th birthday party.  “I was telling somebody today, that we probably lost as many young artists in the last year or two than I lost my whole career,” Jadakiss said of Pop’s short time in the music industry. 

Murder Inc.‘s Irv Gotti agreed, suggesting this is one only genre of music where success makes you a target. “Wtf??? Why??? And he was bringing that energy back to NYC. Only in Hip Hop. When you get Hot. You are a target. No other form of music has to deal with shit like this,” he said.

Police haven’t yet released a clear motive for Smoke’s murder, although many on social media are speculating the murder is linked an Instagram story that revealed the address of the house.

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