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Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon

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The success of a posthumous album often rides on how much it feels like a posthumous album. Heightened by the grey ethics around a post-mortem release, the results of these projects are polarizing to say the least, ranging from the legacy-affirming Circles to the parodic insult of "Jah on Drums." Regrettably, Pop Smoke's Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (SFTSAFTM) lands firmly in the latter category: the elephant of the rapper's death is not just in the room, but strutting back and forth in front of the camera, dollar bills flying from its trunk. On first listen, the gap between Smoke's catalog and the radio-ready SFTSAFTM is vast. Gone are all traces of the rapper's place atop the Brooklyn drill movement, booming drill beats replaced by glitzy trap flair and empty basses. 808Melo, the force-behind-the-boards for Smoke's entire career, is entirely side-lined, appearing on just four of the album's 18 original tracks. SFTSAFTM's features tell the same story. Instead of contemporaries like Fivio Foreign and Rah Swish, we're given a who's-who of radio rap, with artists like Tyga and Karol G creeping their way onto the track list. Often, Smoke isn't even given the dignity of a first verse, with featured artists muscling their way in ahead of the late rapper on tracks like "The Woo" and "Diana." High-quality anthems with Smoke's collaborators -- Trap Manny's excellent "50K," Rah Swish's explosive "Double It" -- are notably absent. Yet the rapper's sheer charisma still manages to cut through: "44 Bulldog," "Tunnel Vision," and "Make It Rain" are excellent drill cuts, while "Gangstas" provides a refreshing change of pace for the Brooklyn star. While far from a new joint, it's immensely satisfying to finally hear "Many Men" (here titled "Got It on Me") in HQ, too. Other highlights arrive from the unreleased Huncho Woo mixtape ("Aim for the Moon," "Snitching"), but even these have been tinkered with, with Tyga squeezing his way ahead of the Quavo/Pop duo on "West Coast Shit." While the album holds merit purely on the basis that it gives us more of Smoke's unreleased catalog, the industry tampering is often too much to bear. Though the first two volumes of Meet the Woo lacked the bombast of Smoke's iconic singles, they demonstrated candor in their representation of the drill heavyweight; SFTSAFTM, by contrast, tarnishes the rapper's visionary style with predatory glitz as everyone jumps for a piece of the pie.
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1
Bad Bitch From Tokyo (Intro)
00:00:48

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wondagurl, Producer - Ebony Oshunrinde, ComposerLyricist - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Jenius Level, Producer, Additional Producer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Julius Alexander-Brown, ComposerLyricist

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2
Aim For The Moon
00:02:55

Dani, Producer, Co-Producer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wondagurl, Producer - Quavious Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Nate Alford, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quavo, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ebony Oshunrinde, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Barrington Hall, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sadiki Forbes, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dez Wright, Composer, Producer, Additional Producer, Co-Producer - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - 5ive Beatz, Producer - Dylan Cleary Krell, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Deleyto, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyy Beats, Producer, Additional Producer, Co-Producer - Tyrone Penman, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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3
For The Night
00:03:10

Mike Dean, Producer, Additional Producer - Dominique Jones, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Producer, Additional Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Petit, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - CashMoneyAP, Producer - Stephen “DotCom” Farrow, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas “Tillie” Mann, Vocal Mix, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Kirk, ComposerLyricist - Princston "Perfect Harmany" Terry, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lil Baby, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cédric Leutwyler, ComposerLyricist - DaBaby, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palaze, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Wylo, Producer, Additional Producer - Christoffer Buchardt Marcussen, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moras Raab, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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4
44 BullDog
00:02:30

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mobz Beatz, Producer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Gbeminiyi, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Mora Beats, Producer - Fabian Mora, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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5
Gangstas
00:02:39

Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Petit, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - CashMoneyAP, Producer - Swirv, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Ellis Newton, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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6
Yea Yea
00:03:05

Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Boyden, Composer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SephGotTheWaves, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Pop Smoke, MainArtist - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hakzbeats, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Hakan Akyol, Composer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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7
Creature
00:03:22

Ryan Press, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Swirv, Producer, Additional Producer - Swae Lee, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - PittThaKid, Producer, Co-Producer - Randy Lanphear, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Victor, ComposerLyricist - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, MainArtist - Bashar Jackson, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ellis Newton, ComposerLyricist - Yung Swisher, Producer, Co-Producer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Philipp Riebenstahl, ComposerLyricist - Khalif Malik Brown, ComposerLyricist - Jerome Eversley, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Alexander, ComposerLyricist

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8
Snitching
00:04:18

Buddah Bless, Producer - Leslie Brathwaite, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Future, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nayvadius Wilburn, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Seth Jones, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Quavious Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Quavo, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tyron Douglas, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Seth The Chef, Producer

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9
Make It Rain
00:03:22

Jess Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowdy Rebel, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yamaica, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Alyamani Ouadah, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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10
The Woo
00:03:21

K. Mack, Producer, Additional Producer - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - John Lucas, ComposerLyricist - 50 Cent, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ky Miller, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jess Jackson, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Additional Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Vocal Mix, StudioPersonnel - Chris Dennis, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Lennon, Producer, Additional Producer - Billy J, Producer, Additional Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roddy Ricch, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rodrick Moore, ComposerLyricist - 808Melo, Producer - JW Lucas, Producer, Co-Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Drewski, Producer, Additional Producer - 1801 Records, Producer, Additional Producer - Rxcksta, Producer, Co-Producer - Adam Hashim, ComposerLyricist - Jer-Z, Producer, Additional Producer

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11
West Coast Shit
00:03:11

Michael Stevenson, ComposerLyricist - Tyga, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dijon McFarlane, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Uforo Ebong, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mustard, Producer - Quavious Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Quavo, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bongo ByTheWay, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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12
Enjoy Yourself
00:03:18

Richard Butler, ComposerLyricist - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karim Kharbouch, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karol G, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carolina Navarro, ComposerLyricist - Palaze, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Luci G, Producer - Lucas Grob, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christoffer Buchardt Marcussen, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pierre Meador, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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13
Mood Swings
00:03:33

Kiwi, Producer, Co-Producer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Omar Gomez, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Deandre Sumpter, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Banko, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Beat Menace, Producer - Lil Tjay, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tione Merritt, ComposerLyricist - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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14
Something Special
00:02:38

Tim Kelley, ComposerLyricist - Ernesto Shaw, ComposerLyricist - Ronald LaPread, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Ifill, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Todd Cooper, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN JACKSON, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tamia Washington, ComposerLyricist - Ken "Duro" Ifill, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kdi, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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15
What You Know Bout Love
00:02:39

Troy Oliver, ComposerLyricist - Elgin Lumpkin, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - IamTash, Producer - Pierre Rogue, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Tashim Zene, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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16
Diana
00:03:08

Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Garrett, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Blagmon, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Combs, ComposerLyricist - Shawn "Source" Jarrett, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - King Combs, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Calboy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Woods, ComposerLyricist - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - SpunkaBigga, Producer - Pierre Richard Rene Jr, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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17
Got It On Me
00:02:44

Darrell Branch, ComposerLyricist - Frederick Perren, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Luis Resto, ComposerLyricist - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keni St.Lewis, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Young Devante, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pierre Rogue, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Yung Ave, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dmytro Luchko, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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18
Tunnel Vision (Outro)
00:02:12

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike D, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dread, Additional Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nagra, Producer - Andre Loblack, ComposerLyricist - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - jugraj Nagra, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carson Hackney, Composer, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xiarra Diamond Nimrod, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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19
Dior Bonus
00:03:36

Jaycen Joshua, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Vic Wainstein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andre Loblack, ComposerLyricist - Jacob Richards, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Riggins, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 808MeloBeats, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Yung Ave, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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20
Hotel Lobby
00:02:31

Andre Young, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Michael Elizondo, ComposerLyricist - Theron Feemster, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Composer, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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21
Showin Off Pt.1
00:01:36

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Fivio Foreign, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maxie Ryles, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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22
Showin Off Pt.2
00:03:12

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - AXL, Producer, Co-Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Fivio Foreign, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - szamz, Producer - Maxie Ryles, ComposerLyricist - Manalla Yusuf, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Szymon Swiatczak, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren “Laya” Ayala, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

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23
Iced Out Audemars
00:03:02

John Stevens, Composer - Ricardo Lamarre, Composer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rico Beats, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - DAFI WOO, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Khadafi julio, ComposerLyricist - BigBroLGND, Producer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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24
Woo Year
00:03:01

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Petit, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - CashMoneyAP, Producer - Dez Wright, Producer, Additional Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - YoungKio, Producer - Kiowa Roukema, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Pop Smoke, MainArtist - Bashar Jackson, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dread Woo, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jahkeem Haughton, ComposerLyricist

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25
Tsunami
00:03:28

Rob Harris, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Balduzzi, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Ritson, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Graeme Blevins, Melodica, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Adlam, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Davido, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Adeleke, ComposerLyricist - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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26
Backseat
00:02:50

Michael Diamond, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bart Schoudel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PnB Rock, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rakim Allen, ComposerLyricist - BloodPop®, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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27
Imperfections (Interlude)
00:01:47

Scott Storch, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Kameron Houff, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dolo, Producer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Zoumboulias, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Damil Coste, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joe From Yo, Producer

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28
She Feelin Nice
00:02:35

James Smith, ComposerLyricist - J. "Lonny" Bereal, ComposerLyricist - Lonny Bereal, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Foxx, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wondagurl, Producer - Dante Dow, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ebony Oshunrinde, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Eric Bishop, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - RD Whittington, Composer, Producer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

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29
Paranoia
00:03:32

Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Elements, Producer - Young Thug, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gunna, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeffery Williams, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ulsh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sergio Kitchens, ComposerLyricist - Andre Loblack, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 808Melo, Producer, Additional Producer - Keven Wolfsohn, Composer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - A. “BAINZ” Bains, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florian “Flo” Ongonga, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sage Skofield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - TheElements, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keren Wolfsohn, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Bogumi Goller, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

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30
Hello
00:03:10

Ricardo Lamarre, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rico Beats, Producer - Alex Estevez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Petit, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - CashMoneyAP, Producer - Nate Alford, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Avalos, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Dubose, ComposerLyricist - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - L3GION, Producer, Additional Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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31
Be Clearr
00:03:21

Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerail Harvey, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Relly Made, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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Yea Yea Remix
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Jess Jackson, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Boyden, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Queen Naija, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Queen Naija Bulls, ComposerLyricist - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SephGotTheWaves, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hakzbeats, Producer - Hakan Akyol, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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Diana Remix
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Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Garrett, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Blagmon, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Combs, ComposerLyricist - Shawn "Source" Jarrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - King Combs, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Calboy, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Woods, ComposerLyricist - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - SpunkaBigga, Producer - Pierre Richard Rene Jr, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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Enjoy Yourself Remix
00:03:17

Richard Butler, ComposerLyricist - Rob Kinelski, Mixer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karim Kharbouch, ComposerLyricist - Jess Jackson, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Burna Boy, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Damini Ogulu, ComposerLyricist - Sean Solymar, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Corey "Cutz" Nutile, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palaze, Producer - Pop Smoke, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bashar Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Luci G, Producer - Lucas Grob, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sage Skolfield, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoffer Buchardt Marcussen, Composer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Meador, ComposerLyricist - Rose Adams, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

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Album Description

The success of a posthumous album often rides on how much it feels like a posthumous album. Heightened by the grey ethics around a post-mortem release, the results of these projects are polarizing to say the least, ranging from the legacy-affirming Circles to the parodic insult of "Jah on Drums." Regrettably, Pop Smoke's Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (SFTSAFTM) lands firmly in the latter category: the elephant of the rapper's death is not just in the room, but strutting back and forth in front of the camera, dollar bills flying from its trunk. On first listen, the gap between Smoke's catalog and the radio-ready SFTSAFTM is vast. Gone are all traces of the rapper's place atop the Brooklyn drill movement, booming drill beats replaced by glitzy trap flair and empty basses. 808Melo, the force-behind-the-boards for Smoke's entire career, is entirely side-lined, appearing on just four of the album's 18 original tracks. SFTSAFTM's features tell the same story. Instead of contemporaries like Fivio Foreign and Rah Swish, we're given a who's-who of radio rap, with artists like Tyga and Karol G creeping their way onto the track list. Often, Smoke isn't even given the dignity of a first verse, with featured artists muscling their way in ahead of the late rapper on tracks like "The Woo" and "Diana." High-quality anthems with Smoke's collaborators -- Trap Manny's excellent "50K," Rah Swish's explosive "Double It" -- are notably absent. Yet the rapper's sheer charisma still manages to cut through: "44 Bulldog," "Tunnel Vision," and "Make It Rain" are excellent drill cuts, while "Gangstas" provides a refreshing change of pace for the Brooklyn star. While far from a new joint, it's immensely satisfying to finally hear "Many Men" (here titled "Got It on Me") in HQ, too. Other highlights arrive from the unreleased Huncho Woo mixtape ("Aim for the Moon," "Snitching"), but even these have been tinkered with, with Tyga squeezing his way ahead of the Quavo/Pop duo on "West Coast Shit." While the album holds merit purely on the basis that it gives us more of Smoke's unreleased catalog, the industry tampering is often too much to bear. Though the first two volumes of Meet the Woo lacked the bombast of Smoke's iconic singles, they demonstrated candor in their representation of the drill heavyweight; SFTSAFTM, by contrast, tarnishes the rapper's visionary style with predatory glitz as everyone jumps for a piece of the pie.
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