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Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon (Album Review)

Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon is jampacked and bittersweet.


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TOP 5

 

HONORABLE MENTION. MOOD SWINGS

Lil Tjay and Pop Smoke show the world how great their chemistry was on “Mood Swings.”

Who said that LL Cool J was the only rapper that needed love? On “Mood Swings,” Pop Smoke and Lil Tjay come across like sprung gangstas that like spending time with their bust it babies when the bando is closed.

All jokes aside, I like how Pop Smoke and Lil Tjay sound like fearless singers on ”Mood Swings.” What I don’t like about the song is how vulgar it is (N***a, I don’t need to know that you busting on covers and s**t).

 

 

5. AIM FOR THE MOON

“Aim For The Moon” starts Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’s engine.

“Aim For The Moon” features an action-packed drill beat, flossy/ruthless/violent lyrics, and unique flows. While you’re going to love hearing Pop Smoke sound like he is in his element on the song, don’t sleep on Quavo’s ferocious/dynamic verse (Quavo sounds really good on drill beats).

“Aim For The Moon” is the best drill song on this album.

 

 

4. MAKE IT RAIN

“Make It Rain” will remind you how much Pop Smoke was about that life.

On “Make It Rain,” eerily, Pop Smoke talks about shooting up his ops quite a bit. He also flosses his ass off. As for Rowdy Rebel, though his verse was clearly recorded from jail, you can still feel every ounce of grit he gives off. What makes the song appealing is that it features an interesting tempo, an extremely catchy hook, and crazy energy.

 

 

3. FOR THE NIGHT

“For The Night” is a smooth banger that Lil Baby, DaBaby, and Pop Smoke all kill in their own unique ways.

“For The Night” is powered by a beat that has tons of bass and drowsy vibes attached to it. Over it, Pop Smoke hits us with contributions that are melodic, trill, and on some playa s**t. As for DaBaby and Lil Baby, they hit us with aggressive bars that are aimed to make timid women and so-called shooters shook.

 

 

2. GOT IT ON ME

“Got It On Me” is “Many Men (Remix).”

“Got It On Me” features a beat that is scarier than The Shining. Over it, Pop Smoke blesses us with a hook that is nearly identical to the hook 50 Cent laid down on “Many Men.” He also spits gassed up bars about going to war with his enemies.

While “Got It On Me” will give you goosebumps for obvious reasons, it should also remind you how dope of a song “Many Men” is.

 

 

1. THE WOO

“The Woo” features Roddy Ricch, 50 Cent, and what was supposed to be 50 Cent’s successor.

“The Woo” straddles the line between romantic and gangsta, old school and new school-sounding, and melodic and kill-a-rapper-Esque. Though Roddy Ricch and Pop Smoke set the tone for the song with vocal performances that are beyond hypnotizing, at the end of the day, everyone on the track does a good job of coming across like the type of dudes that smash chicks and tell them to call their own Ubers.

“The Woo” is one of the weirdest songs I’ve heard this year…


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. BAD BITCH FROM TOKYO (INTRO) (N/A)

2. AIM FOR THE MOON (4/5)

3. FOR THE NIGHT (4/5)

4. 44 BULLDOG (4/5)

5. GANGSTAS (3.5/5)

6. YEA YEA (4/5)

7. CREATURE (2.5/5)

8. SNITCHIN (3.5/5)

9. MAKE IT RAIN (4/5)

10. THE WOO (4/5)

11. WEST COAST SHIT (2.5/5)

12. ENJOY YOURSELF (2.5/5)

13. MOOD SWINGS (4/5)

14. SOMETHING SPECIAL (3.5/5)

15. WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVE (2.5/5)

16. DIANA (3.5/5)

17. GOT IT ON ME (4/5)

18. TUNNEL VISION (4/5)

19. DIOR (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(C+)

 

Before Pop Smoke passed, he was known to be a drill rapper. After listening to Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, you should be convinced that he was much more than that…

While Pop Smoke’s Meet The Woo, Vol. 2 mixtape features a bunch of drill songs, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon features a little bit of everything. Though we’ve always known that our fallen hero could spit bars with the best of them, who knew that he liked to sing his ass off, too? With that being said, I like how Pop found a way to turn on and off his mushy, flossy and violent sides throughout the album.

Boy was the content on Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon uncomfortable to listen to. While I didn’t mind hearing Pop Smoke talk about his luxurious s**t on the album, I was taken aback hearing him talk about violent s**t. I get it, he was a rapper that loved his gun, but dammit, it hurt hearing him say over and over again that he wasn’t going to get caught slipping because he always had one on him.

Do you know what I hate about posthumous albums? They tend to feature weird-ass guest appearances. With that being said, I absolutely hated the features on Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. Though  Pop Smoke was a very versatile drill rapper (The n****a was on a H.E.R. song), I’m not sure he would’ve linked up with Karol G, Tyga, or Swae Lee on an album that he had a final say on. Also, why the f**k wasn’t there a single feature from Fivio Foreign, Smoove L, or anyone else from the Brooklyn drill movement? WHY!!!!

Do you know what Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon will do? Make you appreciate 50 Cent a lot more. When 50 Cent was in his prime, he mastered how to construct a hit record. Matter of fact, he used to brag about his ability to make hits all the time back then. In my opinion, you can tell Pop Smoke tried to follow 50 Cent’s formula on how to make a hit on this album.

Believe it or not, sadly, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon is Pop Smoke’s first album. It’s cruel as s**t that it shows how much potential he had. While I don’t love the album (It’s a little too choppy (Especially towards the end)), I do think it will give Pop Smoke’s fans a splash of closure.

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  1. The album was very respectable. It started quite strong but it did end super weak. Here’s my top 5 and bottom 5 w/ratings. (Dior Excluded)
    Top 5:
    1. Snitchin (4/5)
    2. For The Night (4/5)
    3. Gangsta (3.75/5)
    4. Aim For The Moon (3.5/5)
    5. Tie (Tunnel Vision/Enjoy Yourself) (3/5)

    Bottom 5:
    14. Creature (2.5/5)
    15. What You Know About Love (2/5)
    16. Mood Swings (2/5)
    17. Something Special (1.5/5)
    18. West Coast Shit (1/5)

    • Love your top 5. I definitely think Tunnel Vision is dope and could end up being the hottest song on the album eventually. Not too sure about ”Enjoy Yourself” lol

      I’m surprised you didn’t like Mood Swings. I thought the song had good chemistry between pop and tjay and it was a little catchy.

      You are absolutely right, this album started off strong and started to get wishy washy mysteriously after Tyga landed on it lol.

      • On Mood Swings pop smoke keeps talking about nutting on collars and what not. Really couldn’t stomach listening to it and I would probably get weird looks if I played it on the car.

  2. I’m pretty upset because this album was off to a good start but got super weak after “West Coast Shit.” Excluding Dior, here’s my top 5 and bottom 5:

    TOP 5: (Worst to Best)

    5: The Woo (4/5)
    4: Make it Rain (4/5)
    3: Snitching (4/5)
    2: West Coast Shit (4.5/5) [Hella underrated]
    1: 44 BullDog (4.5/5)

    BOTTOM 5: (Best to Worst)

    5: Mood Swings (3.5/5)
    4: Enjoy Yourself (3.5/5)
    3: Diana (3/5)
    2: Something Special (3/5)
    1: What You Know Bout Love (3/5)

    OVERALL RATING: C

    I fucked with the first 11 songs but the rest were just meh (except Dior). I prefer Pop Smoke’s intense, roof-shattering songs over his romantic songs and I wish there were more songs like that. All in all, I loved the album and enjoyed most of the songs. R.I.P. Pop Smoke❤️🙏

  3. As usual, love your opinion! We have similar top 5s (Snitching to me is intriguing, but it’s just too much Quavo, pop’s verse was good on it, and Future tapped and sounded a little weird on it. Not a bad song though. As for ”West Coast Shit, ” I can’t get through that song without shaking my head lol.)

    I like Pop Smoke when he’s on some melodic ish, but definitely like him when he’s talking that ish! You’re right, there wasn’t enough of the latter (Especially towards the end)

    • MY TOP 5

      1. Make It Rain
      2. Got It On Me
      3. The Woo
      4. For The Night
      5. Snitching

      Btw that skit at the beginning of ‘Snitching’ cracked me the f*ck up 😂😂

      • We have an almost identical top 5. Snitching is close to my top 5.

        😂 That intro really is hilarious. I’m trying to figure out where it came from.

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