Pop Smoke‘s murder in February is still being felt across Hip Hop. Fivio Foreign, one of Pop’s closest collaborators lamented on Pop’s death in a recent interview expressing his hurt but also gave an interesting answer after Pop’s alleged killers were arrested.
“I was tight. I was mad they got locked up,” Fivio told DJ Vlad. “Now that we know who it came from… I don’t like them in jail.”
When asked about his initial thoughts on Pop’s death, Fivo was in disbelief and hadn’t realized that Pop had left New York to head out to Los Angeles for a video shoot.
“At first, I ain’t believe that shit,” Fivo said. “Fake news, first thing I said. Why niggas sharing this shit? I was getting a thousand calls and then I made a call … I didn’t even know Pop was in L.A. cause the day before that, he was in the studio with Polo G. Then the next day, I came to the studio to finish up the song with Polo G. I got the call and asked, ‘Is this shit real?'”
On July 13, two adults and two teenagers were charged with murder in connection to the February death of the Meet The Woo rapper. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18 are eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole. The two juveniles charged in connection with the case have not been identified since they are underage.
Prosecutors say the four defendants broke into the Hollywood Hills home Pop was renting around 4.a.m. and after an altercation, he was shot multiple times. Pop later died at a local hospital.
In the aftermath of his death, Pop’s posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.