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Pop Smoke’s ‘Faith’ debuts at number one on the ‘Billboard’ 200


Tracy Awino

Over a year after his death, rapper Pop Smoke has earned his second posthumous #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, with Faith.

Similar to Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, Pop’s Faith album debuted at #1, selling 88,000 copies thus far, according to MRC Data.

Faith was released on streaming services on July 16, boasting appearances of over 20 hip-hop and R&B artists, including Kanye West, Chris Brown, The-Dream and 21 Savage. A deluxe version was released on July 21, a day after what would have been Pop’s 22nd birthday.

Faith also logs Pop Smoke’s fourth album on the Billboard 200 after Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon topped the chart in July 2020. His critically acclaimed mixtape, Meet the Woo V. 2, debuted at number seven, while Meet the Woo, V. 1 peaked at #105.

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed on Feb. 19, 2020, after being shot during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles at age 20. He was a leading figure in Brooklyn’s drill music scene and received praise from hip-hop giants like Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who executive produced Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

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