After social media-bending hoopla over a botched Virgil Abloh design promised improvements, Pop Smoke fans still weren’t satisfied when the Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon cover art hit DSPs on Friday (July 3).
The final image was devoid of Pop Smoke’s likeness and instead, featured a metallic rose atop an all-black backdrop with the parental advisory sticker placed neatly at the bottom.
As fans combed through the intro “Bad Bitch From Tokyo,” they didn’t hesitate to flood Twitter with their disdain for the plain cover art, prompting several trending topics related to the late artist’s album rollout to arise.
@StevenVictor we made all of that uproar and noise for nothing because the album cover is still garbage, fuck wrong with y’all
— Krystal Griffith (@precisely_kryss) July 3, 2020
pop smoke album cover trash asf fuck you 50 cent
— jaiden davis (@jaideeennnnn) July 3, 2020
All of those creative fan made album covers for Pop Smoke & they decided to go with a platinum rose & black background. pic.twitter.com/ArDmSks795
— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) July 3, 2020
All of those fire ass fan album art
….and they chose THIS for Pop Smoke's album cover? pic.twitter.com/scdHRbO42H
— Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) July 3, 2020
niggas really put that weak ass black rose for pop smoke album cover over all the fire ass fan art that was made.. smd i’m tight
— CHANEL (@chanelcarti) July 3, 2020
imma be honest this pop smoke album cover ain’t it either
— XPLRSPC (@xplrspc) July 3, 2020
Pop Smoke’s album cover still mid smh y’all fumbled that
— Jesse-James (@trashboat1993) July 3, 2020
now out of all those phenomenal options, whyyyyy did they choose this shit for Pop Smoke’s album cover
— Sensayye (@vryvidivici) July 3, 2020
If the Pop Smoke album cover was going to be this basic they might as well have kept the Virgil cover loool
— pretty face no waist first place ??♌️ (@tadsldn) July 3, 2020
50 Cent, who shared several templates of potential Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon cover arts ahead of the release date, instructed fans to support the project on his Instagram.
Despite the negative approval rating for the aesthetic, fans didn’t judge the book of music for its cover and leaned towards tracks like “Aim For The Moon” (with Quavo), “The Woo” (featuring 50 and Roddy Ricch) and “Snitching” (co-starring Future and Quavo once again) as the reigning favorites.
POP SMOKE AINT HAVE TO GO THIS HARD MAN, RIP WOO ? pic.twitter.com/82tk1pukbf
— Λｌｅｘ² (@UCLALonzo) July 3, 2020
Pop smoke new album got me like…rip woo rest in power ✊???? pic.twitter.com/TqYqbLvb19
— Raphouse Tv (@Raphouse_Tv) July 3, 2020
Pop smoke, Roddy and 50 Cent on The Woo pic.twitter.com/Hu7BdM77QA
— manny? (@jorjaside) July 3, 2020
Yoooo Quavo and future ate tf out they features on snitching
— “ (@treyschlongs) July 3, 2020
pop smoke after recording “Yea Yea” RIP WOO ?? pic.twitter.com/Azl2xsfcep
— Henry ™️ (@henryramosss_) July 3, 2020
RIP WOO u carrying 2020 even from the grave??✨?? pic.twitter.com/g1j0VoOSGe
— 乃ㄥ卂丂丨卂几 – ?????☄? (@Thabo____Lupepe) July 3, 2020
Bro I’m so pissed listening to this Pop Smoke album rn. If this is where he was going with his music and it wasn’t all going to be drill he could’ve been one of the best and I’m not kidding. This is so upsetting man RIP WOO
— Yung Tit (@lillostvdos) July 3, 2020
Future tore his verse tf up on Pop Smoke x Snitching??
— BAD BOY?? (@iamronniextra) July 3, 2020
Pop Smoke on the same song as Tyga and Quavo pic.twitter.com/ZlPfoKKmdS
— No COVID Cam™ (@cozykillacam) July 3, 2020
Quavo on Drill Beats is honestly one of the best things i‘ve heard this year
— smoko guwop ? (@playboiylli) July 3, 2020
Quavo Future Pop Smoke – Snitching pic.twitter.com/R614ZwTSim
— Nass ?☠️ (@NassimNe) July 3, 2020
listening to his album really got me thinking WHO DA HELL KILLED POP SMOKE ????? WHOEVER KILLED HIM will not get away with it!! yo time coming… promise you that!????? RIP WOO ????? pic.twitter.com/2mDr2Oy2M4
— bridget. (@thisblo) July 3, 2020
The Woo better hit the radio everyone needs to hear that masterpiece
— ?? (@yeaintmyslime) July 3, 2020
shoot for the stars aim for the moon is so fucking good man why’d they gotta do pop smoke like that RIP woo ? pic.twitter.com/5GSUVtOJpW
— Kass (@SinfulKass) July 3, 2020
Stream Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon below to formulate your own opinion.