Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in Los Angeles in February, but by May, talk of a posthumously released debut album was all but confirmed. And on July 3, that album indeed arrived as Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, executive-produced by Smoke's idol 50 Cent and featuring guest appearances by 50 himself along with Lil Baby, Quavo, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Lil Tjay, and more.
The sheer force of the album, as well as Smoke's legacy, is strong — on Monday (July 13), it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the rapper's first time at the top of the charts. His earlier mixtapes, Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2, had reached 105 and 7, respectively.
His label head, Steven Victor, commemorated the album's release by sharing behind-the-scenes clips of the rapper in the studio, including a few with Quavo.