Rowdy Rebel Takes Issue With Pop Smoke's "Faith"

Rowdy Rebel isn't happy that Eli Fross was taken off Pop Smoke's "Top Shotta."

BYAron A.
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Over the past few weeks, the details surrounding Pop Smoke's posthumous album have been, well, nonexistent. There have been updates on the project but in the lead up to its release on Friday, there were no singles or even features revealed. Unfortunately, it seems that many fans thought the project missed the mark, largely because some didn't feel like Pop would've actually wanted to work with some of the artists included on the 20-track affair.

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Friends close to Pop Smoke previously expressed their displeasure with the final product. Mike Dee, a childhood friend of Pop Smoke, said that the rapper wouldn't have wanted his album in this fashion. 808Melo, Pop's longtime producer, apologized on for allowing the project to turn out the way it did. 

Rowdy Rebel also chimed in on the project on Instagram. The single, "Top Shotta," produced by The Neptunes with appearances from BEAM, Travi, and Pusha T, originally featured Brooklyn rapper Eli Fross who was ultimately taken off the song. Rowdy shared a post to his story including the original track and the updated version while offering some encouragement to Fross.

"SMH I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY MY BOY NOT ON THIS TRACC," Rowdy wrote. "AYOO @ELIFROSS_ DONT TRIP BRO YU KNO HOW THESES INDUSTRY N***AS IS STRAIGHT SUCCERS."

What's even more unfortunate is that on the day the album was released, it was reported that Eli Fross had been arrested for alleged discharging a firearm during a fit of road rage. 

Check Rowdy's post below. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRZtKNqpH6v


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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.