Obasi Jackson says that his brother Pop Smoke had life threats before dying.
The 20-year-old rapper died on February 19, 2020, after a home invasion in Hollywood. Los Angeles Police disclosed to Radio 1 Newsbeat a man was taken shots at his home and later pronounced dead.
For the first time, Pop Smoke’s brother Obasi Jackson says that his brother Pop Smoke had a lot of threats in his life. “All of that stuff he went through, it was just – there was a time when he went through a situation where people would put him down and count him out,” Obasi said in an Interview with Peace Of Mind With Taraji for Facebook Watch. “There was a lot of threats on his life because of that,” he added.
“People were trying to figure out where the threats were coming from. I didn’t think that anybody would do that and it’s just a lot that goes into it,” he continued by asking the question “why his brother didn’t have proper protection.” Obasi Jackson said: “You go out there with no security. I’m just like, I can’t even fathom.
“It’s mind-boggling to me that someone would let a superstar go out with no security. That still plays on my mind. That just don’t make no sense. So, I don’t wanna point fingers, that’s not who I am as a person, but the truth is what the truth is and that’s something that bothers me.”
In less than a year, smoke went from the streets of Canarsie, Brooklyn to the forefront of new york’s burgeoning drill scene.
Pop said at Genius interview,
“Where I come from, there’s a lot of shit going.so lot of people take drugs to ease their pain, to cope with their problems. When you are in the party, you T’d Up, there’ not telling what you’re gonna do. just free, fearless.”
He even claimed to hold the much-coveted title of the king ‘King Of New york.’
Rhyming over sinister-sounding beats that could score a horror movie, Pop’s singular deep and gravelly voice was a breath of fresh air in hip-hop.
He drew on the lineage of New York greats like 50 Cent and even interpolated one of his lyrics on the aforementioned “Christopher Walking.”