#LLBDPSOUNDZ: Community honors TakeOff ATL DJ after unexpected passing

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Friends and family gathered Tuesday evening to mourn the unexpected loss of Brandon “BDP” Pope.

Brandon Pope, aka BDP Soundz

Dozens of family members, friends, and artists showed up for a balloon release celebration of the 29-year-old DJ who died this past weekend.

Patrons flooded EAV Treehouse, many know to be the home of the Takeoff ATL music event and showcase, with blue and black balloons as attendees talked amongst themselves.

Music played as the event’s host and head of Takeoff ATL, King K, began to direct the crowd to the parking lot for the balloon release.

Several people showed up to honor BDP in East Atlanta

King K led the crowd as more people began to circle.

Loved ones held their balloons and a small, electric tea light for a prayer led by Takeoff ATL host and media personality TK (@theyknow_tk).

TK as he leads a prayer before the release

Following the prayer, King K led a countdown for attendees to release the balloons. As the countdown ended, balloons floated into the air, and “Long Live BDP” was said in unison.

Once back inside the venue, several people parted a few words of comfort like BDP’s oldest brother, Charles Pope.

“Brandon was a very special person, way ahead of his time, and it’s just mind-boggling what happened,” Pope said.

TK alongside Troy Fayola as she speaks onstage

Others like Troy Fayola spoke about her time working with BDP while collaborating with artist Lacy The Great (Locs).

“Lacy The Great and I personally reached out to Brandon. Out of all these DJs in Atlanta, we said, ‘We need BDP because he’s the best damn producer,’” Fayola said.

People expressed love and admiration during each person’s time onstage.

The event came full circle with musical performances from artists who knew BDP and wanted to honor the young creative.

BDP is remembered through his family, friends, and extensive network of musical artists and entrepreneurs he touched before his death.



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