"Pop Smoke - Shoot for the stars, Aim for the moon - CD" Original Canvas Wall Art by Ikonick
Portions of proceeds will go directly to Shoot For The Stars Foundation.
It's a tragedy when someone's ambition exceeds their time on Earth. Had Pop Smoke's legacy not been cut short, there's no telling how much more great music he would have created.
Before the posthumous 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon" dethroned Eminem and Drake for longest running #1 album, it sparked controversy over the cover artwork. (Virgil Abloh had one idea of how it should look, the fans had another.) But, behind the cover, you know what you have? A great f***ing album.
Everything else is surface-level. Window dressing. The music is all that matters. Pop Smoke poured his soul into rap. His powerful lyrics and ad libs came from a place of authenticity. He earned his status with an unmatched drive to be the best.
"Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon – CD" original canvas wall artwork from IKONICK visualizes that mentality. At the end of it all, your story will live on through what you create. Nothing else. Never stop perfecting your craft.
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.