Dua Lipa has shared a new collaboration with the late Pop Smoke. The track comes on ‘Faith’, the second posthumous album from the rapper, which was released today (July 16), and also features Kanye West, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Lil Tjay, Future, 21 Savage, Quavo and Takeoff of Migos, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, 42 Dugg, and Bizzy Banks. The Brooklyn drill star was 20 years old when he was killed in February 2020 at his house in Hollywood Hills. His first posthumous LP ‘Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon’ was released later that year. The album was executive produced by 50 Cent and featured Future, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Quavo, Swae Lee, Roddy Ricch, and more.
Dua Lipa recently teased a release with Pop Smoke, seemingly related to her 2018 hit ‘One Kiss’, by sharing a video of Smoke singing to the track in his car.
Instead, ‘Demeanor’ is a completely new disco-influenced track. Lipa opens the earworm chorus as she sings, “You can’t say pop without smoke.”
On ‘Demeanor,’ Brooklyn’s king of grime Pop Smoke is right at home with Brit pop queen Dua Lipa, rapping over groovy bass on the late rapper’s new album. It’s last summer’s hits combined – part ‘Dior’ and part ‘Don’t Start Now.’
Reviewing Pop Smoke’s first posthumous album, NME wrote, “What makes the album truly stand out is that it serves as a testament to the strength, power and knowledge Smoke held in his ambition to go to the very top. Tragically, his death prematurely vaulted him there, but at least this posthumous release will serve as a lasting reminder of Smoke’s immense talent.”
The late rapper’s debut, ‘Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon’ hit No.1 on the Billboard 200. It was followed up by a deluxe album with an extra 15 tracks, as well as a single, ‘AP’ from Pop Smoke’s film debut, Boogie.
Migos rapper Quavo told NME last month that he was working on a set of unreleased songs he recorded with Pop Smoke before his death. “We’re still going to use [those songs] and drop them. We had started working on it in London with DJ Mustard,” he said.
Listen to Pop Smoke and Dua Lipa’s ‘Demeanor’ and pay your respects with ‘Faith.’