Pop Smoke’s second posthumous studio album Faith has officially arrived.
The highly anticipated project comes one year after the release of his debut, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, which became the longest-running No. 1 hip-hop/R&B album since 1990 earlier this year, having sold more than 7 million units to date.
Republic Records and Victor Victor Worldwide announced the all-new Faith last month. Pop Smoke’s manager, Steven Victor, confirmed the title Sunday. Three weeks ahead of its release, an official trailer for Faith premiered on Pop Smoke’s YouTube Channel. In the clip, the late Grammy-nominated hitmaker is heard saying, “I always knew I was gonna be something good. I feel like it’s coming back to New York.
“When you keep winning, they can’t stop you,” he says. “The fake can never succeed at nothing. When you know what you want, don’t let anybody get in between you and your creation. I ain’t trying to just be cool, we gotta make history.”
The Brooklyn native (real name: Bashar Barakah Jackson) was killed on Feb. 19, 2020, at age 20. Ahead of his death, Smoke released the fan-favorite mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. The latter debuted on Feb. 7, 2020, just two weeks before Pop Smoke was fatally shot in a home invasion in Los Angeles.
Released on July 3, 2020, Pop Smoke’s first studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has charted for 52 weeks. It also gained international success, hitting No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums tally, where it charted for 45 weeks, and charting in Greece, Germany, Australia and Italy.
Listen to Faith below: