Rapper Pop Smoke Dead After Being Shot in the Hollywood Hills

The up-and-comer was reportedly renting a home from Real Housewife Teddi Mellencamp

Up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was murdered early Wednesday morning in the house he was renting in the Hollywood Hills.

The Los Angeles Times reports that police responded to the $2.5 million home on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive just before 5 a.m. in response to a call from someone on the East Coast, saying that several suspects had entered their friend’s residence and that at least one of them was wearing a black mask and carrying a gun.

Cops found the 20-year-old rapper, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, with gunshot wounds; he was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.

Two to six suspects were seen fleeing the house, which another report says Smoke was renting from Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Pop Smoke’s second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, had recently hit No. 7 on the Billboard charts and his hit “Welcome to the Party” was one of the songs of last summer. “Welcome to the Party” was featured on Smoke’s breakthrough mixtape, Meet the Woo, which has 280 million streams worldwide.

While there have been no arrests yet, Smoke’s friends in the hip-hop world have cryptically suggested he may have known his killers.

50 Cent tweeted, “No such thing as success with out jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.i.P”

In an Instagram post, Nicki Minaj wrote, “The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.”

On Twitter, Pop Smoke’s fans are criticizing TMZ—which was the first outlet to report the shooting—for including graphic video of paramedics tending to Pop in its coverage. TMZ also caught heat when it reported the death of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna before police had time to inform next of kin.

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