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XXXTentacion Dead at 20

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South Florida rapper, Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy also known as, XXXTentacion was shot dead today at 20 years old.

According to TMZ, he was leaving a motorcycle shop earlier today when two gunmen ran up to his car and fired at him. He was pronounced dead by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department at 5:40 p.m. Eastern time.

The controversial rapper made big waves in 2017 and 2018 through his slew of physical altercations at concerts, alleged domestic abuse charges and major growth in popularity.

The former XXL Freshman first began releasing music onto SoundCloud in 2014 with his then musical partner, Ski Mask The Slump God. His breakout single, “Look at Me!,” was released late 2015.

 

In October of 2016, he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. It was during this time in prison where his popularity began to erupt.

In 2017, he was released from prison and embarked on a summer tour that resulted in multiple confrontations with audience members as well as fellow artists. This was after the release of his mixtape compilation, “Revenge.”

In August, he released his official debut album, “17” which topped the charts immediately. Here he took a much more mellow sound compared to his earlier abrasive material.

In 2018, Onfroy made a clear transition towards spreading a more positive message with his music and actions. He started the, #HELPINGHANDCHALLENGE, in which participants would give back to the less fortunate.

Later on in the year, Spotify threatened to remove his music from their curated playlists due to the harsh allegations against them. They later retracted their decision after pressure from Kendrick Lamar and the public.

His sophomore effort, “?” was released in March 2018.

 

Our condolences go to the friends and family of XXXTentacion.

Henry Netherland

Henry is a third year journalism student at Colorado State University with a minor in French. Outside of school, he writes for the arts and culture section of the Rocky Mountain Collegian and he hosts a radio show for the school radio station, KCSU.

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