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The head of the record label Pop Smoke was signed to recently confirmed more posthumous music will be coming from the late Brooklyn rapper.

On Friday (Jan. 22), Steven Victor, head of Victor Victor Worldwide, posted an Instagram photo of an apparent sock collaboration with Human Made.

However, in the comments, people wanted to know about new music from Pop. “New Pop coming?” one IG user queried. Victor confirmed, responding, “yes.”

StevenVictor via Instagram

Elsewhere in the comment section, another person got more specific. “Clear pop’s verses, especially for fredo x young adz x pop smoke 🔥,” the person commented. This too got a response from Victor who noted, “cleared coming soon 🔜.”

StevenVictor via Instagram

Pop Smoke was shot and killed on Feb. 19, 2020, during an apparent home invasion in Los Angeles. His debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, came out in July of 2020, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has remained on the chart for 28 weeks and currently sits at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 over six months after its release. The album’s bonus track “Dior” has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.null

Victor has been vocal about feeling Pop deserved more recognition from the Grammys. “How does he not get nominated for Album of the Year or Rap Album of the Year or Best New Artist?” Victor questioned during an interview with GQ last November. “This is his only chance to get nominated for these awards. So to me, the Grammys is cap. I don’t know who’s making these decisions.”

Along with new music, Pop is set to make his acting debut in the film Boogie, which is set to debut on March 15.

See Rappers We’ve Lost in 2020

5th Ward Weebie

Birthdate: Feb. 19, 1978
Died: Jan. 9, 2020
Cause of Death: Heart failure
5th Ward Weebie, born Jerome Cosey, was one of the pioneers of New Orleans bounce music and is also known as the “Bounce King.” According to Weebie’s mother, Janice Matthews, the late rapper had high blood pressure, which led to him having problems with his heart. On Jan. 9, 2020, 5th Ward Weebie passed away from complications following heart surgery for a ruptured artery. He was 42 years old. “He loved the people of New Orleans. Color was nothing to him. Everybody he felt was the same,” said Matthews.

Pop Smoke

Birthdate: July 20, 1999
Died: Feb. 19, 2020
Cause of Death: A gunshot wound to the torso
Pop Smoke, a lauded rapper who helped elevate the Brooklyn drill scene, was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion robbery on Feb. 19, 2020. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, at least six suspects entered the Hollywood Hills home. Two of the men reportedly encountered the rapper and fired numerous shots at him. Subsequently, the 20-year-old rhymer was rushed to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A few days later, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office announced in their autopsy report that Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, died from a gunshot wound to the torso.

On July 9, 2020, five people — three adult males and two juveniles—were arrested in connection to the late Brooklyn rapper’s death. Two men, Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were both charged with murder and are eligible for the death penalty. A third adult male, Jaquan Murphy, 22, is facing charges of attempted murder. The two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, whose identities have presumably been withheld due to their age, were both charged with one count of murder and one count of robbery. The murder case is still ongoing.

Mac P Dawg

Birthdate: Jan.14, 1997
Died: April 6, 2020
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Mac P Dawg, an associate of the Los Angeles-based hip-hop group Shoreline Mafia, was shot and killed in the Koreatown neighborhood of L.A., on April 6, 2020. According to the LAPD, Mac and an unidentified woman were approached by an armed male suspect on foot, who shot both of them and fled in an unknown vehicle. The 24-year-old rapper, born Joshua Andrade Galvez, was pronounced dead at the scene. The unknown female victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and police have no suspects.


Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1994
Died: April 8, 2020
Cause of Death: Accidental drug overdose
Chynna Rogers died of an accidental drug overdose on April 8, 2020. According to reports, the model and rapper was found unresponsive at her Philadelphia home. She was 25 years old. Chynna’s manager, John Miller, provided XXL with a statement from the rapper’s family in regards to her passing.

“Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed,” the statement reads. “We would like to thank each and everyone one of you for the love shown to our family for the loss of our beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Chynna Rogers.” Chynna is survived by her father, Michael Magness; two brothers, Jeremy Payne and Michael Magness; and a sister Nala Magness. Chynna’s mother, Wendy Payne, died in 2017.

Fred The Godson

Birthdate: Feb. 22, 1979
Died: April 23, 2020
Cause of Death: Complications related to the coronavirus
Fred The Godson, born Fredrick Thomas, passed away on April 23, 2020, after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 41 years old. Fred The Godson’s wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, told XXL that the Bronx rapper was rushed to the ICU on April 6 after having breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with COVID-19. On the following day, Fred was placed on a ventilator because his lungs were not working and his kidneys were also affected. On April 23, Fred lost his battle and died. Fred The Godson’s survivors include his wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, and two daughters.


Birthdate: Sept. 12, 1987
Died: June 25, 2020
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Rapper Huey, known for his 2006 hit “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” was shot and killed on June 25, 2020, in St. Louis. According to St. Louis County police, Huey was one of two people who were shot in a drive-by shooting in front of a Missouri home. Police said the suspects drove down the street and opened fire on those standing outside of the house. Huey, born Lawrence Franks, Jr., was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 32 years old. The other shooting victim was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

Stepa J. Groggs

Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Died: June 30, 2020
Cause of Death: Unknown
Jordan Groggs, the rapper known as Stepa J. Groggs of the Arizona hip-hop trio Injury Reservepassed away on June 30, 2020, at the age of 32. The cause of death has not been officially disclosed. “REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend,” wrote the surviving members of the group on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. Groggs is survived by his girlfriend Anna and their four children Joey, Jayden, Toph and Ari. A GoFundMe account was created for the family following his death. You can donate here.


Birthdate: May 1, 1990
Died: July 11, 2020
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Quality Control Music signee and Atlanta rapper Marlo was shot and killed in Atlanta on July 11, 2020. According to reports, Atlanta police responded to a car crash on I-285 near the Benjamin E. Mays overpass at 11:30 p.m., and found Marlo dead inside with a gunshot wound on July 11. They believe he was the target of the shooting. He was 30 years old. Marlo, born Rudolph Johnson, has been on the Quality Control label since 2017. The investigation is still ongoing and police have no suspects in the case. Marlo is survived by his four children: Kemora, Rihanna, Marlo and Rudy.

Malik B

Birthdate: Nov. 14, 1972
Died: July 29, 2020
Cause of Death: Unknown
Malik B, a founding member of Philadelphia-based hip-hop band The Roots, died on July 29, 2020, at the age of 47. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed. Malik’s untimely passing was confirmed by his cousin Don Champion. “Mourning my beloved cousin today,” Champion tweeted on his Twitter account. “He was so talented and had a huge heart. I still remember when he and The Roots were starting out. He’d give me and my dad their cassette tapes to listen to. I miss you already, Mailk.” Malik B, real name Malik Abdul Basit, appeared on The Roots’ first four albums, before leaving the group in 1999. He released two albums as a solo artist.

FBG Duck

Birthdate: Dec. 6, 1993
Died: Aug. 4, 2020
Cause of Death: Murder
Chicago rapper FBG Duck was shot and killed while shopping in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood on Aug. 4, 2020. He was 26 years old. In addition, a 28-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were wounded during the shooting. According to the Chicago Police Department, four suspects exited from two cars and opened fire at the trio standing on the sidewalk at the time. FBG Duck, born Carlton D. Weekly, was struck three times and later died at a local hospital. The second victim was seriously injured with gunshot wounds to his back and torso. The woman was shot in the hand. The case is still under investigation and police have no suspects. FBG Duck is survived by his mother, LaSheena Weekly, and his four children.

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MF Doom

Birthdate: Jan. 9, 1971
Died: Oct. 31, 2020
Cause of Death: Unknown
On New Year’s Eve, MF Doom‘s wife Jasmine announced the news of the London-born rapper’s death in a post on his Instagram account. She confirmed MF Doom died on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2020. No cause of death was provided.

“Begin all things by giving thanks to THE ALL!,” the IG post began.

The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet.

King Von

Birthdate: Aug. 9, 1994
Died: Nov. 6, 2020
Cause of Death: Murder
Chicago rapper King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, was killed in a shooting outside Monaco hookah lounge in Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2020. He was 26 years old. Von was shot after a fight broke out amongst two groups of men, reportedly King Von’s crew and Quando Rondo’s crew. Another man, Mark Blakeley, 34, also died at a local hospital following the shooting incident. Timothy Leeks, 22, was charged with King Von’s murder and is facing a felony murder charge. His arrest closes the investigation into Von’s death. Leeks is allegedly friends with Quando Rondo, and shot Von after the rapper and Quando began fighting.


Birthdate: May 31, 1992
Died: Nov. 11, 2020
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
On Nov. 11, 2020, Mo3 was shot and killed by an unknown gunman in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was 28. The late rapper, born Melvin Noble, was driving northbound on I-35 near Clarendon Drive in Dallas when he was approached by an armed suspect who had gotten out of his car with the gun. Mo3 got out of his vehicle and began running southward on the highway. The suspect gave chase and shot at the rapper multiple times, with one bullet striking him in the head. Mo3 was transported to a local hospital where he died. An innocent bystander was also shot at the scene and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police have no suspects and a motive for the shooting is unknown.


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