Pusha T pulls “Hunting Season” from streaming after Pop Smoke’s death

    The Jadakiss collab was taken down out of respect for the late rapper.

    Pusha T performing
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    Pusha T has pulled his recent Jadakiss collaboration, “Hunting Season,” from streaming services out of respect for Pop Smoke who was murdered last week.

    The track, which was set to appear on Jadakiss’ forthcoming album Ignatius, was removed after Push deemed its lyrics, which made reference to deadly competition with other rappers, inappropriate in light of the Brooklyn rapper’s death. “When I think of all these rappers, it’s huntin’ season,” Jadakiss raps at one point on the song. “Or you better be able to hide, n***as / It’s fair game / There’s just an X on your back.”

    In an Instagram statement over the weekend, Pusha T said that he’s decided to remove the song as the lyrics didn’t “sit well” with him following the Brooklyn rapper’s tragic passing. “‘Hunting Season’ was a request that IcePick Jay (RIP) always had and in light of his death, me and Kiss made an incredible song,” the GOOD Music president wrote.

    “With that being said, the whole concept of hunting season and the hypothetical ideas of ‘killing rappers’ isn’t [sitting] well with me while mourning the recent death of Popsmoke. Rest in Peace POP and condolences to his family.”

    At the moment, it is unclear if “Hunting Season” has been withdrawn from streaming services permanently or temporarily. It is also unconfirmed if the song will continue to feature on Jadakiss’ fifth solo studio offering, which arrives in full on Friday.

    Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Jackson) died on February 19 after he was shot in a home invasion in Hollywood Hills. An investigation is currently underway, however, no arrest has been made. The rapper was killed merely weeks after he released a new mixtape, Meet the Woo 2.

    Following Smoke’s death, Lil Tjay released the song “Forever Pop” as a tribute to his friend and frequent collaborator.