Pop Smoke Video: Footage Shows Shocking Final Moments Of Rapper's Life

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Pop Smoke Video: Footage Shows Shocking Final Moments Of Rapper's Life
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The death of rising rapper Pop Smoke shocked, not only the hip hop community, but the world. 

At just 20 years old, Pop Smoke (real name: Bashar Jackson) was poised to take over the music scene with his unique brand of "Brooklyn drill" music. 

And shortly before his death, he released a now-classic sophomore effort, Meet The Woo 2, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 charts. 

Recently, however, a Pop Smoke video showing the final moments of his life has been released, and it's nothing if not a tragic situation.

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So, what did the video of Pop Smoke's final moments reveal? Let's look at what we know. 

1. What did the Pop Smoke video of his final moments reveal? Paramedics tried to revive him. 

A video released today shows the footage just outside of the rented home in Hollywood Hills where Pop Smoke spent his final hours. The video, which can be seen below, shows four paramedics taking Pop Smoke's stretcher out into the street. One paramedic is seen doing chest compressions on the late rapper, which suggested that they tried to save his life, even at the scene. 

2. Was Pop Smoke's shooting gang-related?

While there are no solid lead or motives as to why Pop Smoke was shot, there is no shortage of theories. One theory suggests that Pop Smoke's shooting was due to the "Welcome to the Party" rapper's alleged ties to the Crips. According to a source close to Los Angeles law enforcement, detectives who are investigating his murder are treating it as a "gang-related homicide." 

3. Was he targeted from social media?

Just one day before his death, Pop Smoke accidentally posted a photo containing his actual physical address. That post was subsequently deleted but not before a series of fans pointed out that he'd posted the incriminating photo. (A screenshot of the comments, with the post containing the address — though blacked out — is below.) That led tspeculation someone was watching Pop Smoke's social media and targeted an attack on him from there. 

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4. Was it an inside job?

There's more video footage that suggests Pop Smoke's murder was an "inside job." While initial reports suggested Pop Smoke was killed in a "home invasion gone wrong," subsequent video released revealed that the men who are suspects in his shooting didn't leave with anything from the house. That led some fans to theorize that Pop Smoke was "set up" by someone close to him. 

5. The suspects are still at large. 

All theories of why Pop Smoke was shot and killed aside, security cameras have revealed that at least four suspects have been identified in Pop Smoke's murder. As of this writing, the suspects have not been identified and no arrests have been made. 

6. Pop Smoke's record label released a statement on his murder. 

"We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together," said Republic Records in a statement. We will continue to keep you updated with any developments on Pop Smoke's murder as they emerge.

7. Memorial procession details have been released.

According to Fox 5/Street Soldiers host Lisa Evers, Pop’s memorial procession will be held March 5 in Canarsie from 3p-5p, starting on 82nd St. and Flatlands Ave, then on Remsen to 92nd & Seaview Ave.

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, publicist, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, BET.com, and more.