Pop Smoke may no longer be with us, but the Brooklyn rapper's posthumous debut album has shipped units beyond his wildest dreams.
'Shoot For The Stars, Aim for The Moon' is expected to ship more than 250 000 equivalent album units by the end of the week in the US alone. According to Billboard, the album will also boast the fourth largest streams in a week for 2020.
Pop Smoke is often touted as having been on the verge of international superstardom before being shot to his demise in February 2020. Since then, a slew of chart-topping hits, such as Dior, have gone on to become some of the biggest tracks of the year. The latest in the rapper's legacy, however, is how his album Shoot For The Stars, Aim for The Moon, has now become one of the fastest-selling albums of 2020.
Executive produced by 50 Cent, the tape debuted to much fanfare following its highly buzzed arrival on July 3rd. The album, which features guest appearances from a bevy of highly sought after names, such as Quavo, Lil Baby, Swae Lee, Future, Rowdy Rebel, 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch and amongst others Tyga, became the first posthumous debut Hip Hop album to debut on top of the chart. The album also hit #1 in several countries.
Not even the initial controversy with the first official artwork stopped the momentum.
Just days prior to the premiere, renowned fashion designer and top fashion creative director Virgil Abloh has designed the artwork, which was slammed for looking "rushed" and uninspired. And following a petition that had tens of thousand signatories, the label announced that that the creative would be discarded. The final cover, which features a metallic rose centered in a black background, is said to have been approved by his mother.
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