Yesterday, Pop Smoke’s brother, Obasi Jackson, sat down with Taraji P. Henson for the latest episode of her Peace of Mind Facebook series. He revealed that prior to his brother’s death, Pop had been receiving death threats. However, they did not know who the threats were coming from.
“All of that stuff he went through, it was just—there was a time when he went through a situation that was also … People would put him down and count him out,” he said. “There was a lot of threats on his life because of that. And people were trying to figure out where the threats were coming from. I didn’t think that anybody would do that and it’s just a lot that goes into it.”
Later in their conversation, he said that he was skeptical of the team that Pop had around him at the time of his death.
“It’s mind-boggling to me that someone would let a superstar go out with no security,” Jackson said. “That still plays on my mind. That just don’t make no sense. So, I don’t wanna point fingers, that’s not who I am as a person, but the truth is what the truth is and that’s something that bothers me.”
Pop Smoke was killed almost a year ago on February 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. Since his death, two men and two teens were charged with killing the Brooklyn rapper. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, face the death penalty, and the two minors, aged 17 and 15, were each charged with one count of murder and robbery in juvenile court.
Jackson also spoke about the first time he heard that his brother had died. “Me losing my own brother… I’m going through so many things,” he said. “I won’t be able to hug my brother again, tell him I love him again, I won’t be able to see him…I won’t be able to show him my accomplishments.”