9 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Summer 2019’s unlikeliest street anthem came from a Canarsie rapper whose gruff voice suggests he’s been chain-smoking Newports since he left the womb—in a good way. Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party” splits the difference between club banger and funeral dirge, and it’s the biggest hit to come out of Brooklyn’s blossoming drill scene. All of the dark, heavy beats on his debut mixtape Meet the Woo come courtesy of UK drill beatmaker 808Melo, introducing grime and garage undertones into Pop Smoke’s tough, trigger-happy raps. But despite its pan-Atlantic blend of influences, the sound is New York to the core, like on “PTSD,” which sounds like a Gen Z update of 50 Cent’s “Many Men (Wish Death).”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Summer 2019’s unlikeliest street anthem came from a Canarsie rapper whose gruff voice suggests he’s been chain-smoking Newports since he left the womb—in a good way. Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party” splits the difference between club banger and funeral dirge, and it’s the biggest hit to come out of Brooklyn’s blossoming drill scene. All of the dark, heavy beats on his debut mixtape Meet the Woo come courtesy of UK drill beatmaker 808Melo, introducing grime and garage undertones into Pop Smoke’s tough, trigger-happy raps. But despite its pan-Atlantic blend of influences, the sound is New York to the core, like on “PTSD,” which sounds like a Gen Z update of 50 Cent’s “Many Men (Wish Death).”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Aidansoccergames8 ,

garbage

stale lyrics and he sounds like he’s been smoking since he’s been in the womb

aditz233 ,

Boring

All of his songs are about the same things. Yawn

More_rock_please! ,

Album is garbage

God this is awful.

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