Brooklyn Artist Paints A Mural For Pop Smoke

A Canarsie artist who recently completed a mural of George Floyd is now painting a mural in honor of the late rapper and Canarsie native Pop Smoke.

Kenny Altidor, 42, says he’s completing the eight-foot-tall painting, located on E. 80th Street and Flatlands Avenue, to honor the acclaimed musician and call on the community to end gang violence.

“It shouldn’t matter if you are Crips or Bloods. This should be a peaceful community,” said Altidor, who lives nearby with his wife, Mildred, and two children, Milken, 9, and Milkaylah, 7. “We shouldn’t be hurting each other.”

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, rose to fame in 2019 for his hit song “Welcome to the Party,” which swept the streets of Brooklyn and won praise from rap icons including Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent. His recent posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, features hip-hop giants including Young Thug and Jamie Foxx and debuted at number on the Billboard 200 albums chart.