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Up and coming rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot on Wednesday (Feb. 19) in what appeared to be a home invasion robbery, as TMZ reports.

According to law enforcement, the Brooklyn rapper was at his home in the Hollywood Hills around 4:30 a.m. when two males wearing hoodies and masks broke into Smoke’s home.

Pop Smoke

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 16: Pop Smoke attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The two assailants fired multiple shots, hitting and fatally wounding Smoke. They were also seen fleeing on foot.

The 20-year-old rapper was rushed via ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pop Smoke

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 16: Pop Smoke attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

One man was apprehended by police, however, law enforcement determined that he wasn’t involved and he was released. Last year, the rapper had a hit with “Welcome to the Party.”  A few months later, Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song. Pop Smoke has also collaborated with Travis Scott on “Gatti.” 

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.