XXXTentacion

Late rapper XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, was known for the deep connection he formed with his fans. While in juvenile detention at age 15 for gun possession, X met his close collaborator Ski Mask The Slump God. Together, they began freestyling to pass time and would later use SoundCloud as a platform to share music and connect with fans. X’s songs and albums were a reflection of the demons he was battling. At the time of his rise to fame, he faced domestic assault allegations and spent time on house arrest in relation to his 2017 trial for aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Following his death, the abuse case was formally dropped. Songs like "Look at Me" featured him screaming through the hooks with explosive rage, while others like “Jocelyn Flores” showed him somberly reflecting on his mental health after his friend committed suicide. On June 18, 2018 XXXTentacion was fatally shot at just 20 years old. His death sent ripples across the hip-hop community, prompting rappers like Meek Mill and Kanye West to publicly show support. Two posthumous albums, Skins and Bad Vibes Forever, have been released since his death. A documentary has also been announced.

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