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Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
A chrome rose against a black background
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Recorded
  • 2019
  • 2020
Studio
  • Chalice
  • Crosby
  • EastWest
  • Encore
  • Paramount
  • Track Record
  • United (Los Angeles)
  • Flossy
  • Studio 92 (Brooklyn)
  • Mudd Monkey
  • Penthouse
  • Quad (New York City)
  • Sanctuary (Nassau)
  • Tape London (London)
  • Twin (Paris)
Genre
Length56:41
Label
Producer
Pop Smoke chronology
Meet the Woo 2
(2020)
Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
(2020)
Singles from Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  1. "Make It Rain"
    Released: June 12, 2020
  2. "The Woo"
    Released: July 10, 2020
  3. "Mood Swings"
    Released: August 21, 2020
  4. "For the Night"
    Released: October 3, 2020
  5. "What You Know Bout Love"
    Released: October 9, 2020
  6. "Hello"
    Released: February 9, 2021

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon is the posthumously released debut studio album of American rapper Pop Smoke. It was released on July 3, 2020, by Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records, and a deluxe edition of the album that includes fifteen additional tracks—including remixes of three songs from the original—was released on July 20 that year, a date that would have been Pop Smoke's 21st birthday. It is a drill, trap, and R&B record.

American rapper 50 Cent executive-produced Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon following the murder of Pop Smoke during a home invasion on February 19, 2020. 50 Cent finished the album for Pop Smoke by calling the featured artists and taking care of the deadlines. After the completion, 50 Cent helped fulfill Pop Smoke's wish to take his mother to an awards show. Jess Jackson mastered and sequenced Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon and reworked the tracks to get the professional sound of a big recording studio. Before his death, Pop Smoke had begun to set up the Shoot for the Stars Foundation to helps youth achieve their goals while living and growing up in difficult circumstances, providing access to technology and other resources.

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was supported by six singles, including US Billboard Hot 100 top-20 hits "The Woo", "Mood Swings", "For the Night", and "What You Know Bout Love". It received positive reviews from music critics upon release and multiple publications praised the production. It appeared on several publications' lists of the best albums of 2020, including being placed in the top-10 by Billboard, Complex, and The New York Times. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 and giving Pop Smoke his first US number-one hit. All 19 tracks on the standard album also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 following its first week of release. The album won Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Rap Album at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

Background[edit]

Producer Rico Beats introduced Pop Smoke to music executive Steven Victor in April 2019. After signing to Victor's label Victor Victor Worldwide (VVW), Pop Smoke told Victor in addition to rapping, he had experience as a singer, having previously sung for services at a church. To demonstrate his abilities, Pop Smoke played Victor an unreleased song called "Something Special" and a track called "What You Know Bout Love"; the latter made a deep impact on the VVW executives, persuading them Pop Smoke was more than "just another drill rapper from Brooklyn".[1]

On February 19, 2020, less than a year after signing to Victor's label, Pop Smoke was killed at the age of 20 during a home invasion.[2][3] Four hooded men, one of whom was wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun, broke into a Hollywood Hills house Pop Smoke was renting.[3][4][5] A 15-year-old boy, the youngest of the four intruders, shot Pop Smoke three times in the chest with a Beretta M9 after fighting with him.[6] The robbers stole Pop Smoke's diamond-studded Rolex watch, which they sold for $2,000.[6][7] Pop Smoke was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of his chest but a few hours later, he was pronounced dead.[8][9][10]

At the beginning of March 2020, American rapper 50 Cent announced on his Instagram feed he had been listening to Pop Smoke's work and had decided to help finish the late artist's debut album by serving as executive producer.[11][12][13] In a later interview with Billboard, 50 Cent said he would not earn any money as the album's executive producer—he wanted to finish it because of his relationship with Pop Smoke.[14] As executive producer, 50 Cent contacted artists Roddy Ricch, Drake, and Chris Brown, asking them if they wanted to be included on the record.[11][12] After production was completed, 50 Cent helped fulfill Pop Smoke's desire to take his mother to an awards show.[15][16]

Pop Smoke had begun to set up the Shoot for the Stars Foundation in January 2020 to help young people achieve their goals despite living and growing up in difficult circumstances, providing access to technology and other resources. After his death, Pop Smoke's family announced they would continue the foundation.[17]

Recording[edit]

Before being signed to VVW, Pop Smoke had recorded the first songs for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon in London, the Bahamas, and Paris. After completing his mixtapes Meet the Woo (2019) and Meet the Woo 2 (2020), Pop Smoke wanted to show how he had matured musically. In mid-February 2020, he flew to Los Angeles to record as much music as possible for the album. Pop Smoke and his team were planning to complete the album in Los Angeles; he was also scheduled to embark on his debut headlining concert tour "Meet the Woo Tour" from the first week of March;[1][18] his album was to have been mixed and mastered while he was on tour.[1]

Black-and-white closeup of 50 Cent singing onstage
American rapper 50 Cent (pictured in 2007) served as executive producer of the album.

According to Victor, Pop Smoke's debut album was meant to showcase his talent. After Pop Smoke was murdered, Victor lost interest in finishing the album until he met with 50 Cent, who persuaded Victor finishing the album would help honor Pop Smoke's wish for it to be released by the summer of 2020. 50 Cent also argued the record's release would help support Pop Smoke's family. To ensure the album's release, 50 Cent told Victor if he was not ready to complete the project, 50 Cent would executive-produce the album. Victor agreed to this, and 50 Cent listened to all of the songs, sequenced them, and promoted the album. 50 Cent, in an interview with Complex said Pop Smoke had recorded "about 50 or 60 tracks. Some of them were not completed  ... Some had a chorus that was finished, and then somebody else rapped to it, and he put a verse on it".[1] According to Victor, "eighty percent of the songs were finished" before 50 Cent got involved and largely "added some ad-libs or changed a verse here and there".[1]

Jess Jackson, the album's mastering engineer, described his job as "wizardry", largely because he was constrained by the sometimes poorly recorded material and unfinished double vocals. According to Jackson in Complex, "if [Pop Smoke] was around to this day, I would ask him to get back in the studio and just lay in an additional double or something".[1] Jackson refined the tracks to get the professional sound of a big recording studio; he wanted to honor Pop Smoke's memory by not "chang[ing] it to a large extent".[1] While sequencing the album, Republic Records wanted the track-listing to be a certain way but Jackson realized some tracks did not work together. Jackson and the record company cooperated to sequence the album so each song is in time with the next track. Jackson submitted the final version of the album's masters at 06:00 on June 30, 2020; he said it had been a difficult process and that he had been working on the album for over six months, often working on it for 10 to 12 hours a day.[1]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Lil Baby in 2019
DaBaby in 2018
Lil Baby (left) DaBaby (right) are featured on the album's fourth single "For the Night".

According to Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon merges "drill's swooping rhythms" with "austere Atlanta trap that Migos and Zaytoven mastered mid-decade".[19] Slant Magazine's Charles Lyons-Burt noted it has "ill-advised forays into R&B found on DaBaby's Blame It on Baby".[20] The staff of Billboard said the album "gestures toward R&B and more soulful sounds".[21] Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon opens with "Bad Bitch from Tokyo", which consists of drumbeats and ad-libbed harmonies, and Pop Smoke rapping about his own death.[22] "Aim for the Moon" featuring Quavo is a drill track that uses braggadocio, hi-hats, and bass.[23][24][25] Pop Smoke and Quavo rap about enjoying their successes.[23]

"For the Night" featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby is a hip hop,[26] trap,[19][27] and soul song[25] that incorporates an acoustic guitar,[25] folk flutes,[28] heavily autotuned vocals,[28] and processed moans from Lil Baby and DaBaby.[29] Its lyrics detail night-time occurrences.[30] The fourth track, "44 Bulldog", is a drill track[31] that was named after the Charter Arms Bulldog, a traditional double-action revolver.[32] It consists of enigmatic barks and sung synth tones.[25][28] On the R&B song "Gangstas", which features minimalist piano and snare drums,[20] Pop Smoke claims to be the king of New York and expresses his dislike for 6ix9ine.[33][34] Craig Jenkins of Vulture stated the drill tracks "Yea Yea" and "Creature" featuring Swae Lee are about a "tough-guy rapper pivot[ing] flawlessly into romance on the horizon".[35] "Snitching" featuring Quavo and Future is a trap song on which Pop Smoke raps about the threats he faced every day[19][33] while Quavo and Future rap to bring awareness to the traitors of the world.[30] "The Woo", which features 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch, is a trap song[35] that interpolates 50 Cent's 2005 single "Candy Shop".[36]

"Make it Rain" which features Rowdy Rebel, an American rapper who at the time was incarcerated, had to record his verse by telephone.[37] On the eleventh track "West Coast Shit" featuring Quavo and Tyga, Pop Smoke and Tyga rap about the wonders of the west coast of the US.[38] "Enjoy Yourself", a Latin trap song that features Colombian singer Karol G,[28] contains a sample of "Drink Freely" by Moroccan-American rapper French Montana.[39] The lyrics are a sentimental reflection on love.[23] The following track, "Something Special", is an R&B-bounce song that samples Fabolous's 2003 single "Into You".[35] It finds Pop Smoke obsessing over his new partner and their newly found love.[30] "Mood Swings" featuring Lil Tjay is an R&B song whose lyrics are about having sex with women who are not using birth control.[23][40] An R&B track,[40] "What You Know Bout Love", in which Pop Smoke sings about his passion for his lover, samples Ginuwine's song "Differences".[19][28] This track is followed by R&B track "Diana",[30][41] which features King Combs and contains excerpts from Playa's 1998 single "Cheers 2 U".[35] In its lyrics, Pop Smoke is lustful and throws a confident shot at love.[28][30] Hip hop track "Got It on Me" interpolates the lyrics of 50 Cent's "Many Men (Wish Death)".[30][42] In the lyrics, Pop Smoke pleads for mercy from his enemies.[25] "Tunnel Vision (Outro)" is a drill track in which Pop Smoke is looking towards his future and wanting to have an impact on the music industry.[25][33][43] The album closes with the bonus track "Dior", a drill[44] and hip hop[45] song with lyrics about flirting with women and buying the latest designer clothes.[46][47]

Title and artwork[edit]

Original album cover by Virgil Abloh for Pop Smoke's debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.
American designer Virgil Abloh's original album cover received significant criticism for its design and prompted fans to want it to be changed.

Xiarra-Diamond Nimrod, the manager of marketing strategy for Republic Records, said Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon is a phrase Pop Smoke often used during interviews, urging his fans to abide by it. He used it for the name of his foundation and mentioned it in his songs, including "Invincible" and "Aim for the Moon". Nimrod thought it was important his message was heard and felt on his album.[1]

The album's original artwork, which American designer Virgil Abloh created,[48] provoked significant criticism from fans, who called it "lazy" and "rushed", and said it was disrespectful. An online petition attracted tens of thousands of signatures.[49][50] Abloh used a picture of Pop Smoke that was the first result of a Google Images search.[51] A few hours later, the label announced it would replace Abloh's artwork in time for the album's release date.[52]

I think it's important that we as young Black kids and community support and reference each other rather than looking for it outside of our ecosystem. To me, [the original album cover I made] was exactly that. There was a bond and synergy amongst both of us just being ourselves. It was completely organic.

— Abloh in an interview with Complex[1]

50 Cent also criticized Abloh's artwork and posted over 35 fan-made designs, saying "they ain't going for this bullshit".[53] After Abloh said he based his cover design on a conversation he had with Pop Smoke, American conceptual artist Ryder Ripps accused Abloh of stealing Ripps' "chrome rose" concept and "[ruining] it with a careless design", adding it was "so sad that someone would care this little about art, design and the memory of a human who was so loved to wrap his name up in lies and theft".[54] Ripps created the album's final cover art, depicting a chrome rose against a black background. Hours before the album's commercial release, Pop Smoke's mother chose the final album cover.[55] According to Ripps:

I was brought on to do design and creative direction for this project, and I was experimenting with flowers in 3D at the time. While I was experimenting, I realized, "Oh my God, this is so perfect". People use flowers to memorialize people, and by fixing it in metal, it's taking something that's fleeting and making it permanent.

— Ripps in an interview with Complex[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

Pop Smoke had wanted the album to be released in the northern hemisphere summer, close to his birthday on July 20. Before his murder, the album was to have been released on June 12, Memorial Day, an American federal holiday,[1] Pop Smoke's team announced on May 14, 2020, that the album had a planned release date of June 12, 2020,[56] but the lead single "Make It Rain" was released on that date instead, and Victor announced they had postponed the album's release to July 3, 2020, out of respect for the George Floyd protests against police brutality and systemic racism.[56] Pop Smoke's estate announced they had signed a co-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music covering his past music and Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.[57][58]

Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records released Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon worldwide on July 3, 2020.[59] The deluxe edition of the album was released on July 20, 2020, on what would have been Pop Smoke's 21st birthday and features fifteen additional tracks, including remixes of three songs from the original album.[60][61]

The first single from the album, "Make it Rain",[62][63] peaked at number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 73 on the UK Singles Chart.[64][65] "Enjoy Yourself" was released as a promotional single on July 2, 2020;[66] it peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.[64] "The Woo" was released as the album's second single on July 10, 2020,[67] and accompanying music video, which Eif Rivera directed, was released on July 20, 2020;[68][69] it features archival footage of Pop Smoke edited on vintage television screens, and shows 50 Cent and Ricch surrounded by expensive cars and bikini-clad women.[68][69] The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number nine on the UK singles chart, giving Pop Smoke his first top-10 hit in the United Kingdom;[64][65] it was nominated for Song of Summer at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.[70][71]

The album's third single "Mood Swings" was released on August 21, 2020.[72] A visualizer for the track featuring Jordyn Woods, and Dylan and Dakota Gonzalez, was released on August 20, 2020.[73][74][75] A music video for the song was directed by David wept and was released on October 7, 2020.[74][76] It shows Lil Tjay and Lala Baptiste in an on-and-off relationship, and pictures of Pop Smoke in an eternal blue flame.[77] A remix featuring the voice of American singer Summer Walker was released as a single on September 18, 2020.[78] "Mood Swings" reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100[64] and number five on the UK Singles Chart, giving Pop Smoke his second top-10 hit in the UK.[65]

"For the Night" was released as the album's fourth single on October 3, 2020;[79] it peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Pop Smoke his first top-10 hit in the United States.[80][81] The album's fifth single "What You Know Bout Love" was released on October 9, 2020.[82] Oliver Cannon directed its music video, which was released on December 22, 2020.[83][84][85] The video features never-before-seen clips of Pop Smoke and his fans performing the song's dance challenge on TikTok.[83][85][86] It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number four on the UK Singles Chart, giving Pop Smoke his second top-10 hit in the US and his third top-10 hit in the UK.[64][65] "Hello", featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie, was released as the album's sixth single on February 9, 2021;[87] it peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.[64]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.4/10[88]
Metacritic70/100[89]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[43]
ConsequenceB+[38]
Entertainment WeeklyB[36]
HipHopDX4.1/5[90]
The Independent4/5 stars[28]
NME4/5 stars[33]
Paste7.2/10[23]
Pitchfork6.5/10[31]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[19]
Slant Magazine2/5 stars[20]

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 70 based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[89] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave it 6.4 out of 10 based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[88]

Dhruva Balram of NME wrote the album has many strengths, including its production, featured guests' verses, and Pop Smoke's lyrics. He said the album stands out because it "serves as a testament to the strength, power and knowledge [Pop] Smoke held in his ambition to go to the very top".[33] Roisin O'Connor said the album is "not only a celebration, but an elegy for what else [Pop Smoke] could have achieved", and that it is the work of "someone whose success should have been stratospheric".[28] Reviewing Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon for Entertainment Weekly, Gary Suarez stated even if the album is not what Pop Smoke had created, he sounds alive on it, calling him a "motivated and vibrant hip-hop talent actively pushing towards that next level".[36] Mike Milenko from Clash wrote Pop Smoke would have taken the album in a different direction with "less digitisation of the vocals", and that the use of autotune on almost every song "can become overpowering at times, but it all depends on your taste".[22] Wongo Okon of Uproxx noted Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon would be an album Pop Smoke would want to release, and said it focuses on "commercial expansion, making Pop Smoke larger than the life he lived".[30]

David Aaron Brake from HipHopDX stated Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon offers a "fleeting peek" into the career Pop Smoke would have had, saying it would "become—beyond Drill, beyond Brooklyn, beyond even the United States".[90] Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork wrote the album "attempts to cement his legacy by expanding his world", praising it for being "big, polished, versatile, feature-packed, and loaded with radio and playlist-friendly records".[31] Jade Gomez of Paste said the album "seeks to provide closure for [Brooklyn] while also showing the heartbreaking reality of what could've been", and that it would have been just as "satisfying with a condensed tracklist and more carefully curated features".[23] A.D. Amorosi of Variety said the album innovates and blows more "fire than smoke".[25] Jenkins commented the album is "evidence of a star gaining his bearings, but as much as it is a product of a young and growing artist's path toward refinement, it is also a document of his jarring absence", but said it should have been a stepping stone for Pop Smoke rather than a capstone in his career.[35] In a mixed review, AllMusic's David Crone stated although the first two volumes of Meet the Woo lack the flatulent of Pop Smoke's iconic singles, they show quality as the representation of drill; he also said the album, in comparison, ruins the rapper's "visionary style with predatory glitz as everyone jumps for a piece of the pie".[43] Slant Magazine's Charles Lyons-Burt said Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon has the feel of a B-sides collection mashed together as a quick cash-in on his death, and that it attempts to expand Pop Smoke's sound and ambitions. He concluded by saying Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon lost sight of the "local specificity, quirky charisma, and energy that made a name for Pop Smoke in the first place".[20]

Rankings[edit]

Critical rankings for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
Billboard The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2020
2
Complex The Best Albums of 2020
10
The Guardian Best music of 2020 N/A
Highsnobiety The 20 Albums That Saved 2020
14
HipHopDX Best Hip Hop Albums of 2020 N/A
The New York Times Best Albums of 2020
7
Paste Seven Great Rap Albums from Summer 2020 (So Far) N/A
Revolt Nine Top Rap Albums of 2020 N/A
The Ringer The Best Albums of 2020
10
Slate The Best Albums of 2020 N/A
Uproxx The Best Rap Albums of July 2020 N/A
XXL The Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2020 N/A
Yardbarker The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2020 N/A

Industry awards[edit]

Awards and nominations for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2020 Danish Music Awards International Album of the Year Nominated [103]
2021 Billboard Music Awards Top Billboard 200 Album Won [104]
Top Rap Album Won
Juno Awards International Album of the Year Nominated [105]

Commercial performance[edit]

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 251,000 album-equivalent units, giving Pop Smoke his first number one album in the US. The album also accumulated 268.44 million on-demand streams of its tracks in the week ending July 18.[106] Pop Smoke became the first hip hop act to debut posthumously at number one on the Billboard 200 with his debut studio album.[106] Pop Smoke also joined the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, and XXXTentacion as the only hip hop acts to posthumously reach number one.[107] All of the album's 19 tracks charted on the Billboard Hot 100 following its first week of release.[108] The album returned to number one on the Billboard 200 in October 2020 after a three-month break. It was the second album in 2020 after Lil Baby's My Turn to have a lengthy hiatus between weeks at number one.[109]

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon also topped the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and remained at number one for 19 weeks. The album has spent the longest spell at number one since MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em in 1990.[110] In March 2021, the album became the longest-running number-one record on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, replacing American rapper Eminem's record after his seventh studio album Recovery, which spent 19 weeks at number one in 2010 and 2011.[111][112] The album reached number one on the album charts of Australia,[113] Austria,[114] Canada,[115] Denmark,[116] the Netherlands,[117] Finland,[118] Ireland,[119] New Zealand,[120] Norway,[121] Switzerland,[122] and the United Kingdom.[123]

Track listing[edit]

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Bad Bitch from Tokyo" (Intro)0:48
2."Aim for the Moon" (featuring Quavo)
  • B. Jackson
  • Quavious Marshall
  • Oshunrinde
  • Sadiki Forbes
  • Loblack
  • Daniel Deleyto
  • Tyrone Penman
  • Dylan Cleary-Krell
  • WondaGurl
  • 5ive Beatz
  • 808Melo
  • Dani[a]
  • Tyy Beats[b]
  • Dez Wright[b]
2:56
3."For the Night" (featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby)
3:10
4."44 Bulldog"
  • B. Jackson
  • David Gbeminiyi
  • Fabian Mora, Jr.
  • MobzBeatz
  • Mora Beats
2:31
5."Gangstas"
  • B. Jackson
  • Petit
  • Ellis Newton
  • CashMoneyAP
  • Swirv
2:40
6."Yea Yea"
  • B. Jackson
  • Hakan Akyol
  • Joseph Boyden
  • Hakz Beats
  • SephGotTheWaves
3:06
7."Creature" (featuring Swae Lee)
3:23
8."Snitching" (featuring Quavo and Future)
4:19
9."Make It Rain" (featuring Rowdy Rebel)
Yamaica3:22
10."The Woo" (featuring 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch)
3:22
11."West Coast Shit" (featuring Tyga and Quavo)
3:12
12."Enjoy Yourself" (featuring Karol G)
  • Palaze
  • Luci G
3:18
13."Mood Swings" (featuring Lil Tjay)
  • Beat Menace
  • Dizzy Banko
  • Kiwi[a]
3:33
14."Something Special"Kdi2:38
15."What You Know Bout Love"
IAmTash2:40
16."Diana" (featuring King Combs)
SpunkBigga3:09
17."Got It on Me"
  • B. Jackson
  • Dmytro Luchko
  • C. Jackson III[i]
  • Darrell Branch[i]
  • Frederick Perren
  • Luis Resto[i]
  • Keni St. Lewis
Young Devante2:45
18."Tunnel Vision" (Outro)
  • B. Jackson
  • Jugraj Nagra
  • Carson Hackney
  • 808Melo
  • Nagra
  • Hackney
2:13
19."Dior" (bonus track)
  • B. Jackson
  • Loblack
808Melo3:36
Total length:56:41
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
20."Hotel Lobby"
  • 808Melo
  • J. Jackson
  • Keanu Beats[d]
  • Banshee the Great[d]
2:31
21."Showin Off Pt. 1" (featuring Fivio Foreign)
808Melo1:36
22."Showin Off Pt. 2" (featuring Fivio Foreign)
  • B. Jackson
  • Ryles III
  • Manalla Yusuf
  • Szymon Świątczak
3:12
23."Iced Out Audemars" (featuring Dafi Woo)
3:03
24."Woo Year" (featuring Dread Woo)
3:02
25."Tsunami" (featuring Davido)
808Melo3:29
26."Backseat" (featuring PnB Rock)BloodPop2:51
27."Imperfections" (Interlude)
Band on the Beat1:48
28."She Feelin Nice" (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2:35
29."Paranoia" (featuring Gunna and Young Thug)
  • The Elements
  • 808Melo[b]
3:33
30."Hello" (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
  • CashMoneyAP
  • Rico Beats
  • L3gion[b]
3:11
31."Be Clearr"
  • B. Jackson
  • Gerail Harvey
Relly Made3:22
32."Yea Yea" (Remix; featuring Queen Naija)
  • Hakz Beats
  • SephGotTheWaves
3:37
33."Diana" (Remix; featuring King Combs and Calboy)
SpunkBigga3:54
34."Enjoy Yourself" (Remix; featuring Burna Boy)
  • B. Jackson
  • Damini Ogulu
  • Butler, Jr.
  • Kharbouch
  • Meador
  • Marcussen
  • Grob
  • Palaze
  • Luci G
3:18
Total length:101:44
Target edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
20."Hello" (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
  • B. Jackson
  • Dubose
  • Petit
  • Lamarre
  • Avalos
  • CashMoneyAP
  • Rico Beats
  • L3gion[b]
3:11
21."Hotel Lobby"
  • B. Jackson
  • Loblack
  • J. Jackson
  • C. Jackson III[j]
  • Young[j]
  • Elizondo[j]
  • Feemster[j]
  • 808Melo
  • J. Jackson
  • Keanu Beats[d]
  • Banshee the Great[d]
2:31

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[d] signifies an uncredited co-producer[124]
  • "Paranoia" featuring Gunna and Young Thug was originally on the track list of the original album with an extra feature from Pusha T. However, it was included on the deluxe edition, without Pusha's verse.[125]
  • "Diana" features uncredited background vocals from Calboy on the original album, however features and credits him on the remix on the deluxe.[126]

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[39][127]

Vocals

Additional personnel

  • Jess Jacksonmastering engineer (all tracks), mixer (1–7, 9–18, 20–34), engineer (13), programming (20)
  • Leslie Brathwaite – mixer, engineer (8)
  • Rob Kinelski – mixer, vocal engineer (12, 34)
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixer, programming (14)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixer (19)
  • Corey "Cutz" Nutile – engineer (1–9, 12–16, 18, 20–34)
  • Barrington Hall – engineer (2)
  • Nate Alford – engineer (2, 30)
  • Princeston "Perfect Harmany" Terry – engineer (3)
  • Stephen "DotCom" Farrow – engineer (3)
  • Jason Goldberg – engineer (10)
  • Ky Miller – engineer (10, 17)
  • Sage Skofield – engineer (13)
  • Dom Martin – engineer (15, 17)
  • Shawn "Source" Jarrett – engineer (16, 33)
  • Yung Ave – engineer (17, 19)
  • Vic Wainstein – engineer (19)
  • Bart Schoudel – engineer (26)
  • Dante Dow – engineer (28)
  • Robert Ulsh – engineer (29)
  • Alex Estevez – engineer (30)
  • Thomas "Tillie" Mann – vocal mixer (3)
  • Derek "MixedByAli" Ali – vocal mixer (10)
  • Randy Lanphear – vocal engineer (7)
  • A. "Bainz" Bains – vocal engineer (29)
  • Florian "Flo" Ongonga – vocal engineer (29)
  • TheElements – vocal engineer (29)
  • Rose Adams – assistant mixer (1–7, 9–18, 20–34)
  • Sage Skofield – assistant mixer (1–7, 9–18, 20–34)
  • Sean Solymar – assistant mixer (1–7, 9–18, 20–34)
  • DJ Riggins – assistant mixer (19)
  • Jacob Richards – assistant mixer (19)
  • Mike Seaberg – assistant mixer (19)
  • Todd Cooper – additional mixer (14)
  • Pierre Rogue – assistant recording engineer (15, 17)
  • Andre Loblack – programming (1, 2, 7, 10, 19–21, 25, 29, 30)
  • Daniel Deleyto – programming (2)
  • Dylan Cleary Krell – programming (2)
  • Ebony Oshunrinde – programming (2, 28)
  • Sadiki Forbes – programming (2)
  • Tyrone Penman – programming (2)
  • Alex Petit – programming (3, 5, 24, 30)
  • Christoffer Buchardt Marcussen – programming (3, 12, 34)
  • Daniel Moras Raab – programming (3)
  • David Gbeminiyi – programming (4)
  • Fabian Mora – programming (4)
  • Ellis Newton – programming (5)
  • Hakz Beats – programming (6, 32)
  • SephGotTheWaves – programming (6, 32)
  • Seth Jones – programming (8)
  • Tyron Douglas – programming (8)
  • Alyamani Ouadah – programming (9)
  • Dijon McFarlane – programming (11)
  • Uforo Ebong – programming (11)
  • Lucas Grob – programming (12, 34)
  • Deandre Sumpter – programming (13)
  • Omar Gomez – programming (13)
  • Tashim Zene – programming (15)
  • Anthony Blagmon – programming (16, 33)
  • Dmytro Luchko – programming (17)
  • Carson Hackney – programming (18)
  • Jugraj Nagra – programming (18)
  • Manalla Yusuf – programming (22)
  • Szymon Swiatczak – programming (22)
  • BigBroLGND – programming (23)
  • Rico Beats – programming (23, 30)
  • Kiowa Roukema – programming (24)
  • Rob Harris – guitar (25)
  • Hal Ritson – keyboards, programming (25)
  • Michele Balduzzi – keyboards, programming (25)
  • Richard Adlam – keyboards, programming (25)
  • Graeme Blevins – melodica (25)
  • BloodPop – programming (26)
  • Damil Coste – programming (27)
  • Joseph Zoumboulias – programming (27)
  • RD Whittington – programming (28)
  • Keren Wolfsohn – programming (29)
  • Paul Bogumi Goller – programming (29)
  • Jason Avalos – programming (30)
  • Gerail Harvey – programming (31)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[157] Gold 35,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[158] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[159] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[160] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[161] Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[162] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[163] Gold 7,500double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[164] Gold 15,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[165] Platinum 300,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Region Date Label(s) Format(s) Edition Ref.
Various July 3, 2020 Standard [59]
July 20, 2020 Deluxe [166]
July 24, 2020 CD Standard [167]
United States August 7, 2020 Target [168]
Germany November 20, 2020 Deluxe [169]
Japan November 27, 2020 Cassette Standard [170]
Various January 15, 2021 Vinyl [171]
South Korea January 22, 2021 CD Deluxe [172]
Various February 5, 2021 Vinyl [173]

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