National Basketball Association stars react to rapper Pop Smoke death

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in the Hollywood Hills, according to multiple reports.

It was roughly 4:30am when the home invaders arrived at the property and shot Pop, who was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.

It's unclear if the break-in was a robbery, police said, or if anyone else was inside the house. Both 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj knew the NY rapper very well. That track appeared on his debut mixtape Meet the Woo, and went on to be remixed by Nicki Minaj and Skepta.

Smoke's career trajectory elevated after last April's "Welcome to the Party". "God bless him." Singer Kehlan wrote: "Pop Smoke was 20 years oldddddd. and so f****n nice. and talented! i am sooooo SORRY! this so sad. wow wow. what is happening. f***** wow". "We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke", a representative for Republic Records wrote in a statement.

But Pop Smoke wasn't just a one-hit wonder: other songs, like "Dior" and "GATTI", racked up millions of streams over the past year.

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Between two and six suspects fled the scene and as of this writing, have not been caught, according to the LA Times.

Hours before the fatal shooting, Pop Smoke posed for an Instagram photo with a friend, who was holding stacks of money, in the driveway of the home he was renting.

Rapper Pop Smoke performs onstage during day 2 of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Pop Smoke was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1999 to a Jamaican mother and Panamanian father and got into music in 2018 after observing other artists in the studio. Also unconfirmed is whether or not the suspects, who remain at large, knew the rapper. His second mixtape,"Meet the Woo 2", was released this month.

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  • Michelle Webb