Following the news of Pop Smoke‘s murder in Los Angeles last week, the late rapper’s streams have increased substantially. Billboard reports a dramatic increase of those streaming his music on the same day of his untimely death, resulting in a 392 percent rise, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Pop Smoke’s catalog amassed 24.7 million streams in the U.S., a significant increase from the 5 million his music received on Feb. 18, the day before his death. “Dior,” taken from his 2019 debut mixtape Meet the Woo, garnered the most listens with 5.2 million, rising 467 percent from 909,000 listens the day prior.
Pop Smoke was shot and killed in what was initially believed to be a home invasion/robbery. However, surveillance footage from outside the Hollywood Hills home he was renting revealed it could have been a “targeted hit,” rather than a robbery.