Irv Gotti has spoken out about the number of murders in Hip Hop, saying it doesn’t happen in other genres of music.
Historically, the genre has lost some of the greatest artists to violence and murder. Such artists include Scot La Rock, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nipsey Hussle, and most recently, Pop Smoke.
The 20-year-old Brooklyn native, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, died as a result of being shot during a home invasion at his Hollywood Hills home in February. The reason behind his murder are unknown but authorities are looking into Pop Smoke posting his address on social media, consequently making him a target.
Wearing a Tupac Shakur shirt, the Murder Inc co-founder specifically spoke about the tragic loss of Pop Smoke.
Although he never collaborated with the Brooklyn rapper, Irv Gotti recognized his talent and questioned his attacker’s motives. “It’s sad, it really is sad. It happens in Hip Hop a lot. And it’s just—I wish our people was different. I wish our people would think for one second,” Gotti said.
“It only happens in hip-hop. And I wish that on nobody, but, you know what I’m saying. It’s not like you’re ever gonna see Justin Bieber got smoked, or whatever. It’s only hip-hop.”
In related news, with his untimely death, Pop Smoke never got the chance to release a studio album. This prompted 50 Cent to put his name forward to executive produce his album posthumously.
After previously saying that he wanted Chris Brown and Roddy Rich on the album, Fifty wants another star involved. He wants a feature from Post Malone and for him to expect a phone call. Posting on Instagram, Fifty stated the release of the album will be in May.