01 July 2020 06:34
Pop Smoke's posthumous new album is coming out this Friday, July 3. Today, Steven Victor—head of the Victor Victor label imprint who worked closely with Pop Smoke—has revealed the still-untitled new album's artwork. Victor said it was Pop Smoke's specific request to have Abloh design the album cover. After fans complained about the artwork on social media, Victor tweeted, "MAKING A CHANGE," and, "POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS ❗️." The album's tracklist has also been revealed: Future, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Quavo, Swae Lee, Roddy Ricch, 50 Cent, Tyga, Karol G, and more appear on the album. Pop Smoke's final release before his death was his February mixtape Meet the Woo Vol. 2.
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Off-White designer Virgil had revealed the artwork he had created for the album on Instagram, in a now-deleted post. 'This album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. Fans were not impressed with the cover art, tweeting: 'what the f**k is this new pop smoke cover sheesh @virgilabloh my g your photoshopping looks like ur creating a YouTube thumbnail lmaooooooo change the damn cover'. Virgil Abloh copying and pasting pop smoke's face on Microsoft Paint for his album cover: pic.twitter.com/jn4q8zTuCf — c (@chuuzus) June 29, 2020 âHey Virgil, howâs the Pop Smoke cover coming along?â pic.twitter.com/OQX5I2rwsi — piâerre! I just want you to know Virgil designed this. Do whatever you would like with this info..but Pop Smoke is rolling in his grave. Others added: 'I'm trying to understand why would Virgil do Pop Smoke like this. Some fans took to Twitter to make their own versions of the album cover, writing: 'some hard potential covers for Pop Smoke. Another added: 'Heard we needed a new Pop Smoke cover since Virgil fumbled..' The 20-year-old's first album will now be released posthumously on 3 July, called Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. Steven Victor, head of Victor Victor Worldwide, the label Pop was signed to had initially shared the imagery, writing: 'You were always shootings for the stars and aiming for the moon. MAKING A CHANGE — Steven-San Victor (@StevenVictor) June 30, 2020 POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS âï¸ — Steven-San Victor (@StevenVictor) June 30, 2020 'You wanted Virgil to design your album cover and lead creative.. Virgil designed the album cover and led creative.. He tweeted: 'HEARD YOU, MAKING A CHANGE, POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS!' MORE: Pop Smoke fans line streets to pay respects at rapper's funeral two weeks after shock death MORE: Pop Smoke hologram performs at Paris nightclub in tribute after rapper's death Talk to me about Pop Smoke, and what he meant to the Brooklyn drill scene." "Oh, everything." [singing] "He basically was, like, one of the first people to take, like, the new Brooklyn, U.K. drill sound, and make it, like, mainstream." "And after his death, like, do you feel like it's part of your job to carry on that legacy?" "Yeah, definitely." Rapping: "Hey! Hey, big drip." "I'm from Brooklyn, N.Y. I mean, I think I was rapping all my life. And if you sending threats, then you —" "Tell me about the day you made 'Big Drip.'" "So I'm in the studio and, like, my man Toast was like, yo, this [expletive] send me these beats for you." "Axl!" "I actually started making beats on my phone. I was like, you know, it's time to upgrade. Because I can't be making beats on a phone all day." "What was the first song you produced for a Brooklyn guy that really started popping off? Like, you know what I'm saying? [expletive] goes on, and they go in the studio, and they talk about what they're doing with their friends." "Had you ever been to New York when you started producing for New York guys?" "Nah. It was all through the internet." "It's insane to make the soundtrack to a city and a neighborhood —" "That you've never been to, right?" "How would you describe the Brooklyn drill sound that has developed over the last few years?" "Brooklyn drill is like, it's like, a play off of Chicago drill, mixed with the U.K. drill." "What Chicago artists were the New York guys looking at to take inspiration from?" "Chief Keef." Rapping: "Bang, bang, bang. I'm gonna let this hammer blow, like —" "He basically kind of, like, started the foundation, and then it just developed and transformed into something else. It's gonna become the new sound, you know? I think that it might rub off trap music, and this might be the new trap." "Trap is just one — and it's kind of like — I mean, I like trap. But I say it's kind of, like, it's kind of boring because it doesn't move anywhere." "How would a drill snare sound?" "It's just like — and that's how, obviously, everyone just, like, realizes that this is a drill beat, compared to trap." [drill beat] "I like the bass — I like that the — bow, bow, bow." [drill beat] "If you listen to the slides, they always — you've got to find those pockets to rap in, or to find a melody in those pockets. You know what I'm saying? So I feel like it challenges — not too many rappers can, you know what I'm saying, ride that wave?" "Do you remember what the first thing you laid down was on 'Big Drip?'" "First thing I laid down? Because like, he goes ad lib." "Bow!" "He can put it anywhere. So it's like, a combination of what I'm saying and the rhythm. And I was like, yeah, this — this is going to be the news." "At that point, people didn't really believe, like, a lot, like drill could come mainstream. And then Pop Smoke jumped off." Rapping: "Baby, welcome to the party. I hit the boy up and then I go skate in a 'Rari." "Pop Smoke, he gave us hope, and it gave, like, the industry and the labels hope this could go mainstream." "It don't get more New York than Pop Smoke. You know what I'm trying to say?" "Any other artists coming out of Brooklyn that you're jacking?" "Shout out Fivio Foreign." "A dream of his was to bring this sound worldwide, and bring it mainstream. Like, it was very conscious." "We dropped 'Big Drip' — it just started shooting." Rapping: "Big drip! Fivio, he's telling cars in the streets, like, 'Yo, that's me on the radio.'" "Hold up! "Do you know if Drake heard of Axl Beats from 'Big Drip?'" "Of course. When I spoke to him, I was like 'Yo, let's get an Axl beat — like, that sound, like, that's the sound I'm looking for." "He heard Brooklyn drill, and he came toward my direction." "Axl." "OVOXO link up, mandem drink up, me and the drillers. Hawk and Sticks and Cash and Baka, Gucci, P and Gilla." "What do you think is the future of Brooklyn drill?" "I think it's going to be mainstream." "You're on the same label as Adele and Beyonce." "Right. I — I'm good at being smooth." Rapping: "If you can keep a secret, we can all be happy. Man, I'm coming through.