Song by Pop Smoke Produced by Swirv & CashMoneyAP Album: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon Released: 3 July 2020
On “Gangstas,” Pop Smoke affirms his authenticity in the streets, rapping about his deadly crew from New York and staying strapped in case someone messes with him.
The song appears to take shots at fellow New York rapper 6ix9ine, who’s known for his “rainbow-coloured hair” and “loud” rapping as Pop notes in the song’s intro.
In an August 2019 interview with Real 92.3, Pop commented on 6ix9ine’s street cred and how he was pushed by other people into portraying someone he wasn’t:
He was doing his thing. Niggas can’t take that away from the homie. I don’t think he was a real street nigga, you feel me? And I feel like that’s where people fucked up by portraying, making him portray that shit. He’s not a street nigga. I think he was trying to portray something he really didn’t understand.
Additionally, in February 2020, Pop Smoke took jabs at 6ix9ine on social media while promoting his then-upcoming mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, where he claimed he didn’t “need rainbow hair” to sell records.
The song was leaked on June 29, 2020, four days before its official release.