Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

XXXTentacion began recording in 2013 and found mainstream success with his 2017 debut album 17, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned some minor-hit singles. He was in a black BMW i8 and preparing to leave before 4 p.m. when two armed suspects approached him.

"The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion". At least one of them fired and then both fled the scene.

Kanye West said: "rest in peace".

He was considered a genre-bending artist, who cited a variety of influences that ranged from Tupac Shakur to Coldplay. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. Onfroy has been known for his controversial criminal past, as well as his dark mannerisms and frequent discussion of mental health, drug addiction, suicide, and other somber topics. XXX had been awaiting trial for the alleged domestic abuse of his pregnant girlfriend and was recently at the center of Spotify's since-rolled-back "Hateful Conduct" policy.

In one incident, she accused him of headbutting her, forcing her into a bathtub, and kicking her because she had sung the words to a song by a friend of his in the vehicle, she said in the deposition.

The rapper has a history in San Diego.

His death in an apparent drive-by shooting will undoubtedly reignite interest in the star's all-too-brief career.

The rapper has had a troubled past and was one of the artists - along with R.Kelly - to have his music taken off the streaming service Spotify before Kendrick Lamar intervened. "I just came to the point like, 'I gotta help this kid'".

He also continued to court controversy, releasing a provocative music video earlier this year in which, to make a point about racism, he put a noose around the neck of a young white child.

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