"Pop Smoke - Parallel Portrait" Original Canvas Wall Art by Ikonick
Artist: Alex “babygotbackhead” Alvarado
Portions of proceeds will go directly to Shoot For The Stars Foundation.
Pop Smoke wasn't like anybody else. Stunningly unique voice aside, it is his mindset that truly sets him apart. His ambition was on a level of its own. Always looking steps ahead, he could see the life that awaited him.
It was the "Woo" lifestyle. The cars, the watches, the necklaces, the Dior and Louis Vuitton clothes. It wasn't a flex—it represented the vision he saw for himself. The station he knew he was earning. It was clear in his interview with Angie Martinez. When asked where he saw himself in five years, his answer was as unemotional as it was poignant: Sitting on the throne.
Tragically, Pop Smoke's legacy has been cut short and the world will never see how high he could have gone. But there's no question. The throne is his.
"Parallel Portrait" original canvas wall artwork from IKONICK doesn't immortalize one hip-hop's greats—his music does that on its own. Designed by Disney Animation artist Alex “babygotbackhead” Alvarado, this piece simply portrays a man who knew how great he was going to be. Hang it where you'll see it daily and adopt Pop Smoke's mentality.
You don't go from relative obscurity to the King of New York in just two years without a crazy work ethic. And Pop Smoke's was one-of-a-kind. He put all of himself into his work. 16-hour days. Multiple overnights in a row. Shows. Recording sessions. It was his whole life. That dedication fueled one of the fastest rises in hip-hop.
With a constant desire to evolve his sound and ambitions that went beyond music, there's no limit to how high Pop Smoke could've gone. His distinct sound, style, and energy would have been gold in any form.
What can you say about someone who mastered their art in only two years—someone who went from not being able to get a passport, to flying to Paris Fashion Week and shooting a music video with Vigil Abloh—someone who went from a life earned on the streets, to standing on stage in front of thousands of people singing his lyrics at a show?
You could say he shot for the stars.
R.I.P. Pop Smoke.