Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”
“Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”, as fate would have it, is not only Pop Smoke’s first posthumous album, with the rapper being murdered less than six months prior to its release. But it is also his first studio album ever, as his official discography only dates back to April 2019. And whereas at the time of his passing he was viewed as one of the top up-and-coming rappers in the game, the entertainment industry being what it is, his death really thrust him into the public spotlight. As such “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” features a plethora of big-name artists. Some of the big names on the album include:
- Lil Baby
- Swae Lee
- Roddy Ricch
- Lil Tjay
- 50 Cent
Album’s Executive Producer
In fact 50 Cent is also the executive producer of the project and made it his personal mission to get it finished after Pop Smoke died. And this was because Smoke considered 50 one of his biggest musical inspirations.
Lyrical Content of “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”
In terms of its lyrical content, being that it features rhymes Pop Smoke recorded before his departure, the subject matter is similar to the track he became known for during his brief career. Simply put, they center largely on the rapper enjoying the rich life, including his intimate liaisons with various women. But those who are familiar with Smoke also know that he represented the Woo, a Brooklyn-based street gang he was a part of, himself being born and bred in BK. And as such, there are many references to the gang. Also he makes numerous references to his affinity for guns and settling disputes with enemies by resorting to firearms.
So content-wise, the album is in tune with most other popular-rap music projects. And it serves as a sound representation of what Pop Smoke stood for while he was with us in the land of the living.
Tracks from “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”
The entire album was promoted by it’s only single, “Make it Rain“. In addition to the aforementioned track, the following are among some of the popular tracks on the project: