“Pop Smoke’s presence looms large in popular music, and this album helps to explain why.”
“The speed with which hip-hop superstars like Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj were gravitating toward him for collaborations portended great things, suggesting that the king of New York might someday become the king of everywhere else, too”
The New York Times
“Pop Smoke retains the intensity that made him great”
“The rapper’s posthumous debut album shows us why he remains the voice of New York City”
Today, Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records releases the highly anticipated new Pop Smoke album FAITH. The follow-up to his posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, FAITH delivers a star-studded tracklist featuring Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Pusha T, Future, Rick Ross, The-Dream, 42 Dugg, 21 Savage, Rah Swish, BEAM, Bizzy Banks, Takeoff, Lil Tjay, Swae Lee, Chris Brown, Quavo, Kodak Black, and TRAVI. The album also includes “Demeanor,” the collaboration with pop powerhouse Dua Lipa who teased the song on her socials last week.
Earlier this year, Pop Smoke’s aforementioned album became the best-selling album of the year so far. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon earned the title of the longest running #1 Hip Hop/R&B Album since 1990, and landed the #1 spot for two non-consecutive weeks. The album, which has over 7 million units consumed worldwide , also reached the #1 spot on the Top Rap Albums chart and charted in the top five on the Billboard 200 for 34 weeks, becoming only the fourth album this century to spend that many weeks in the top five.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon has launched three RIAA certified platinum songs (“Hello,” “Got It On Me,” and “Something Special”), two 2x platinum songs (“The Woo” and “What You Know About Love”), two 3x platinum (“Mood Swings” and “Dior”), and the 4x platinum “For The Night.” “Dior” was also nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance and, to date, Pop Smoke has amassed 20B streams worldwide and counting.
In celebration of FAITH, iHeartRadio will also launch The iHeart Radio Feature 5 with Pop Smoke. The 25 minute show will feature a number of songs from the album along with audio from some of the featured artists walking fans through the making of the album. The show will play across iHeartRadio’s entire network of Hip Hop stations as soon as the album is released on Friday, airing specifically at 12AM ET/9PM PT, 9AM local, 12PM local, 5PM local and 7PM local times. Across all iHeart Rhythm stations, 4 songs from Faith will be playing once every hour on Friday.
About Pop Smoke:
Christened “Brooklyn Rap’s Homecoming King” by The New York Times, noted for bringing “a sense of excitement to New York rap that had been absent for years” by Complex, and averaging nearly ten million monthly listeners on Spotify, Pop Smoke carried Brooklyn as the Borough’s next icon in the wings. His breakthrough 2019 mixtape Meet The Woo has 3 billion streams globally and in a stellar review, Pitchfork claimed, “The Brooklyn rapper makes good on the promise of ‘Welcome to the Party’ with a debut full of the hardest, dirtiest tracks he can manage.” He turned up at the top of 2020 with the Gold certified Meet The Woo 2 and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Meanwhile eight certified singles, including five that are platinum or multi-platinum, garnered a combined certification of 10M. Most recently his posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, spent 34 weeks in the Top 5, had the most weeks at #1 in the history of the Billboard Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart since 1990, landed the #1 spot for two non-consecutive weeks, topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland upon its release and became the UK’s biggest debut album of 2020. The album has garnered over 11B streams, launched three RIAA certified platinum songs (“Hello,” “Got It On Me,” and “Something Special”), two 2x platinum songs (“The Woo” and “What You Know About Love”), two 3x platinum (“Mood Swings” and “Dior”), and the 4x platinum “For The Night.” “Dior” was also nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance and, to date, Pop Smoke has amassed 20B streams worldwide and counting.