In those long-ago days of late October 2017, the ever-controversial XXXTentacion said he was quitting music. Or, rather, he said he was leaving his record deal and "not releasing music for a very long time"; then his rep said, despite that, he was still signed; then XXX said again that he was quitting; then he announced that he would come back, but only if Ski Mask the Slump God would be his pal again.

On Thursday, the bizarre is-he-quitting-or-not story took yet another strange turn. XXXTentacion popped up on Instagram with a preview of a new song. His explanation? "Said I was going to stop making “music” but... I dont consider this “music” 😈 "

You can hear the as-yet-titled song excerpt below.

 

said I was going to stop making “music” but... I dont consider this “music” 😈

A post shared by MAKE OUT HILL (@xxxtentacion) on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:49pm PDT

Complex reached out to XXXTentacion's rep several days before this latest twist for clarification about XXX's record deal and for details about his promised $100,000 donation to domestic violence prevention groups, but has not received a response. The rapper's trial on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering begins on Dec. 11.