AOTY 2023

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Pop Smoke - Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #747 / 868
User Score
2020 Ratings: #750
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
HipHopDX
Luckily, for nervous fans, friends and collaborators alike, it’s an overcrowded, but ultimately excellent body of music.
80
NME

The album’s strengths are many, from its production to its featured guests’ verses to Smoke’s lyrics and skills. ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ showcases a multi-faceted artist only just discovering his potential.

80
Clash

It is so easy to reach in blindly and pull out a well-produced track with a decent guest appearance and Smoke at his lyrical best.

80
The Independent

His posthumous album, Shoot For the Stars Aim For the Moon, is ... not only a celebration, but an elegy for what else he could have achieved.

80
The Young Folks
Success does not always alleviate problems and very often magnifies them, but during his career, Pop Smoke made friends who gave him a solid send-off.
75
Entertainment Weekly

With stakes this high and a legacy to consider, the end result may or may not bear much of a resemblance to what Pop Smoke had in mind. Nonetheless, he sounds alive here, a motivated and vibrant hip-hop talent actively pushing towards that next level.

72
Paste

Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is a collage of Pop’s versatility.

70
Rolling Stone

The rapper’s posthumous debut album shows us why he remains the voice of New York City.

67
Consequence of Sound

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon neither blights nor burnishes Pop Smoke’s legacy.

65
Pitchfork
The 20-year-old rising star was the voice of Brooklyn drill when he died. On his debut album, executive-produced by 50 Cent, his voice shines through despite a raft of unnecessary features.
60
The Needle Drop
Despite some questionable guest spots and stylistic detours, Pop Smoke's commercial debut showcases much of what made him such a unique voice in modern hip hop.
40
AllMusic

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.

40
Slant Magazine
The album has the feel of a B-sides collection culled together as a cash-in on the rapper’s death.
zachthesnack
63

Another example of someone with lot of potential having their life taken too soon.

I’m not going to sit here and act like I was OG pop smoke fan or anything or that I loved his music or even cared before he died. Nonetheless, he was talented and had a lot of potential to be a breath of fresh air in the currently bloated and overly bland rap scene with a little time.

This record is okay, it’s nothing amazing. It’s definitely above average. His flow is pretty effortless if ... read more

TheDankestMeme
60

50 did Pop dirty with this one. Pop Smoke's first posthumous record trades in the usually great drill production from his previous albums for more mainstream trap production causing Pop to lose many aspects that made him unique among mainstream rappers. Pop really had something different as opposed to an NBA Youngboy or Quavo. He had unique production as well as charisma. There are plenty of rappers that do have charisma but they often resort to very generic production but Pop always had some ... read more

MickyT
40

Yeah I'm not feeling this at all.

The late New York rappers debut album is a mixed bag of monotony, poor song structure and all in all just a lack of anything interesting to write home about. Personally I thought Meet the Woo 2 was a bad mixtape and I wasnt really expecting to get much out of this other than the same shit we've gotten already and just another artists untimely demise being used for profit. Looking down at the tracklist is an eye roll in itself as it's 19 tracks, his biggest ... read more

rodeofr
55

better than faith but still kinda mid

BRXXZY
42

i struggle to understand this one.

fav tracks: NONE

AnotherWhiteMan
70

White man approved.

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Track List

1Bad Bitch From Tokyo (Intro)
0:48
63
2Aim For The Moon
2:55
feat. Quavo
78
3For the Night
3:10
79
444 BullDog
2:30
70
5Gangstas
2:40
74
6Yea Yea
3:05
61
7Creature
3:22
feat. Swae Lee
68
8Snitching
4:19
feat. Quavo, Future
66
9Make It Rain
3:22
73
10The Woo
3:21
78
11West Coast Shit
3:12
feat. Tyga, Quavo
64
12Enjoy Yourself
3:17
feat. KAROL G
61
13Mood Swings
3:33
feat. Lil Tjay
63
14Something Special
2:38
67
15What You Know Bout Love
2:40
74
16Diana
3:08
46
17Got It On Me
2:44
79
18Tunnel Vision (Outro)
2:12
68
19Dior
3:36
Bonus Track
87
Total Length: 56 minutes

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Added on: May 3, 2020