Pop Smoke Mural Vandalized in Rapper's Brooklyn Neighborhood
A mural honoring late rapper Pop Smoke has been vandalized in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood where the artist was raised.
A Brooklyn mural dedicated to late rapper and actor Pop Smokewas recently defaced, seen in images that circulated the internet on Wednesday (December 28). It appears that the mural – which is located at 8125 Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood where the rapper was raised – was vandalized with the message "Woo K."
The Brooklyn mural was designed by art organization Hattas Public Murals five months after the rapper, legal name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed on February 19, 2020 during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fans of the late and beloved Pop Smoke,” Hattas wrote on Instagram while unveiling his work in July 2020. “Much love to you all. And thank you to the community of #Canarsie for your overwhelming support as we painted this memorial mural. We are humbled and honored.”
Last September, Smoke's grave was also vandalized, as offenders tried to remove the artist's casket.
“This was unnecessary, whoever you are,” the rapper’s mother, Audrey Jackson, wrote on Instagram beside a photo of the damaged crypt. “Whoever you are, you have my attention. Now what!?”
The latest vandalization also comes one month after Jackson's murder was centered in an episode of WE tv's Hip-Hop Homicides. In the episode was Amelia Rose, who was with Jackson when he was gunned down during the Hollywood Hills incident, detailing her shock at the 20-year-old's untimely death.