XXXTentacion Dead at 20
Just a few words on the passing of Florida rapper XXXTENTACION. XXXTENTACION Dead at 20 One of hip-hop’s rising stars and controversial figures, XXXTentacion, has been pronounced dead. The 20-year-old was reportedly shot and killed while in his car in Broward County. News of the death is confirmed by the Broward sheriff’s office. Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, the Florida native was ascending to prominence in the hip-hop world with his alternative rock infused sounds often branded as “emo rap.” As the founder of his Bad Vibes Forever label, X recently celebrated the No. 1 debut of his sophomore album ? on the Billboard 200 chart. His debut album 17 received gold status in 2017, and his viral single “Look At Me” is certified platinum. His Spotify profile boasts over 16 million monthly listeners and his YouTube page counts over 837 million views -- both will likely increase following his passing. The young star did not come without controversy. He was facing a slew of legal troubles, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery and witness-tampering. In May 2018, Spotify removed X’s music - along with R. Kelly and Dallas rapper Tay-K - from their official curated playlists as a way to take action against artists they considered to represent hateful conduct. The company restored XXXTentacion to their playlists weeks later. XXXTentacion joins musicians such as Avicii and Lil Peep as talents gone too soon. In the wake of his passing, tributes and condolences have poured in from peers and fans.