Rapper Pop Smoke nixed a New York show just days before his murder over concerns of gang members in the audience, according to a new report.
The rapper was slated to perform Feb. 16 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, but claimed the NYPD made him cancel the appearance, according to social media posts unearthed by TMZ.
“I apologize to all my fans that went to Kings Theater [sic] today to see me. Unfortunately NYPD wouldn’t let me perform once again but dont [sic] worry ima make it up,” he wrote on Instagram.
Though Pop Smoke blamed police, he was actually the one who made the final call, according to TMZ, citing law enforcement sources.
The Brooklyn-born rapper, 20, was gunned down Wednesday when four masked men stormed a Los Angeles house after a party or gathering was held, according to TMZ. The day of his death, streams of the rapper’s catalog zoomed 392 percent, Billboard reported.
Police indicated the “Welcome to the Party” rapper’s death could have been a targeted hit related to his ties to the LA-based Crips.
“I am not comfortable calling it a robbery right now,” Robbery Homicide Division Capt. Jonathan Tippet told the Los Angeles Times last week.