Yesterday (June 29), the tracklist for Pop Smoke’s posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was revealed. Boasting 19 songs, the star-studded record includes features from Quavo, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Swae Lee, Future, 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, Tyga, Karol G, King Combs and Rowdy Rebel on the previously released “Make It Rain.”
Along with the stacked tracklist, the official cover art for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was also shared. Designed by Virgil Abloh, the artwork portrays an image of the late Brooklynite surrounded by diamonds and barbed wire. On Instagram, Abloh said the “album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about” and played off of Pop “[mentioning his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from concrete of of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn.”
This is lazy. Pop Smoke deserves better. pic.twitter.com/S2hbUd840U— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) June 29, 2020
Pop’s manager Steven Victor addressed the backlash and confirmed that the artwork would be redesigned in response to fans’ criticism.
“HEARD YOU,” he tweeted, followed by, “MAKING A CHANGE.”
“POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS!” he concluded.
On Instagram, Victor further elaborated his plans to change the artwork.
“As pop’s label & as his friends/family, it is our obligation to bring his vision to life,” he wrote on his Story. “He wanted Virgil to lead creative, we fulfilled his wishes however, unfortunately, he’s not here to give his final approval his fans, are.”
“You know why you love pop, your voices are loud and clear,” his message continued. “He loved his fans and listened to his fans. pop and us at victor victor h e a r d you l o u d and clear - changes will be made see you July 3rd 2020.”
After Victor announced that the cover would be changed, fans began sharing their own Pop-inspired fan art on Twitter. The late 20-year-old’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon album drops on Friday (July 3). See some reactions to the cover and fan art on Twitter below.
I know middle schoolers with photoshop that can make a better album cover than Virgil pic.twitter.com/48iVPcCzJl— Ty (@tysrevival) June 29, 2020
I just redid it because you can’t put Pop without the Smoke, also Virgil smd! pic.twitter.com/fOlXA6Xrk2— Mercy (@egofilth) June 30, 2020
.@POPSMOKE10 — Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon— TMTG (@Jo_GotGame) June 30, 2020
Art Direction by yours truly.
I would explain my thought process behind this shit, but whatever, it’s better than Virgil’s.
Tag @StevenVictor pic.twitter.com/cc1oN4mULn
jumped on the bandwagon and made my own album cover for pop smoke cos virgil’s didn’t cut it ✌ pic.twitter.com/92SX2KW9jt— MUSA ♀️ (@mihndrx) June 30, 2020
Virgil fr used PicsArt for this.. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/hWzye2v1VY— NemoAintShit! (@NEMOHHOES) June 29, 2020