It’s no secret that when Pop Smoke left us just over a year ago, there was a void that was left not just in New York City, but in the entire world of music. His posthumous album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon obviously stood the test of time and touched fans from all over, and it continues to do so as it remains at the top of the charts for an insane and historic amount of time. At such a young age, I don’t know if outsiders expected as much from him as he delivered, but that’s just one of the many reasons why his mark was made on this world.
Just a couple of weeks back, he dropped off a song called “AP” which served as the lead single from the soundtrack of the film Boogie, an Eddie Huang-directed coming of age movie about an Asian American basketball phenom finding his way through life in the Big Apple. Luckily, this song doesn’t seem like a track that panders to a movie crowd considering it’s just another hit that Pop created before his unfortunate passing, and it was given a nice music video treatment as well.
Transition Ninja and Steady Prime both produced and directed this flick, and they did a magnificent job working with what they were given. Certain clips from previous concerts that Pop performed at are shown as he dances around the stage and gets the crowd amped up, proving that he must’ve been one of the most energetic and entertaining performers of all time. Aside from these previously recorded clips at concerts, on the tour bus, and in the studio, various shots are taken from the movie itself considering Pop actually has a role where he seems to be the antagonist on the basketball court, so seeing some new footage of him is a nice change of pace.
Obviously, it’s never easy talking about someone who had as much potential as Pop Smoke did, but he made his mark and shared his legacy more than anyone else could’ve anticipated while he was here with us, so fans at least have a ton of memories when it comes to him and his music. I honestly had no clue that he acted even briefly, so when I saw that he was in Boogie, I immediately went and watched the trailer. After checking it out, I can say with the utmost certainty that this is going to be a movie that you’re definitely going to want to check out, and considering it just came out, I know what I’m watching this weekend! Whether you check out the movie or not, you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on brand0new Pop Smoke music, so tune into “AP” as soon as you possibly can.