In February 2020, four individuals broke into the Airbnb Pop was renting in Los Angeles. After a struggle, one of the robbers, a 15-year-old, shot the rapper three times. Pop later succumbed to his injuries. The four individuals connected to the botched robbery and murder were all charged. One suspect, Corey Walker, recently discovered he would not face the death penalty for his alleged actions.
In an interview with No Jumper, hip hop manager Wack 100 explained how he gave a warning to Pop Smoke. “Go check into that W Hollywood,” Wack said. “Stay away from them Airbnbs on this West Coast until you get your weight up, ’til you get your politics right. Go to one of them hotels bro and be safe about it.”
He says that he spoke with Birdman and told him to relay the warning.
“I told him four days before to get that man out of there and send him to the W,” Wack continued. “I was in Europe and Avery or Monte Lipman (of Republic Records) had called through Birdman and they were kinda asking me stuff. I told him, ‘Get him out of there and send him to the W Hotel.’ I started getting calls from my people that the homegirls was up there and this and that. I’d just advise when y’all on your way up, take small steps.”
Regardless, four days later, four individuals broke into Smoke’s Airbnb and fatally shot him during a botched robbery.