"Pop Smoke - Shoot for the stars, Aim for the moon - Blue Rose" Original Canvas Wall Art by Ikonick
Portions of proceeds will go directly to Shoot For The Stars Foundation.
Like a rose growing from the concrete, Pop Smoke created beauty out of a harsh environment. His music turned a hard life's experience into powerful anthems that embody not just a neighborhood, but a moment in rap history.
Smoke-drenched vocals, driving rhythms, and raw authenticity made every track unmistakably his. After only two years he had grown to dominate the New York rap scene. The rose had bloomed. However, banned from the Rolling Loud music festival due to "public safety concerns," Pop Smoke was still dealing with the thorns.
"Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon – Blue Rose" original canvas wall art from IKONICK is a symbol of beautiful defiance. There aren’t a lot of options for success for someone with Pop Smoke's background. Yet despite the barriers, his ambition brought him to the top.
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.