XXXTentacion, born on January 23, 1998, was a rapper, singer, composer, and songwriter. Though a controversial figure due to his widely publicized legal troubles, XXXTentacion gained a cult-like following among his young fans during his short career. He is remembered for his musical versatility, with his music exploring emo, drill, trap, lo-fi, indie rock, nu metal, hip hop, R&B, and punk rock. He is considered a leading figure in the genres of emo-rap and SoundCloud rap. His tragic death on June 18, 2018, cut short a talent that promised to be exceptional. Join us today as we celebrate his memory and musical legacy.
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, popularly known as XXXTentacion, was born on January 23, 1998, to parents Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard in Florida. Due to his mother’s personal problems, Onfroy was mainly raised by Collette Jones, his grandmother. After his aunt persuaded him to attend the school choir, followed by the church choir, his interest in music started. He was soon expelled from the school choir for attacking another student. Onfroy then started listening to nu metal, hard rock, and rap during his years at Sheridan House Family Ministries, which led him to learn the piano and guitar. After his release from a juvenile detention center, He started writing music and soon began his music career in 2013.
Onfroy released his first official E.P. on November 21, 2014, named “The Fall.” In 2015, he released a mixtape in collaboration with Ski Mask the Slump God, “Members Only Vol. 1” followed by “Members Only Vol. 2.”
The original version of ‘Look at Me’ was uploaded to SoundCloud On December 30, 2015. He then released the E.P. “Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer” on April 28, 2016. The single gained traction and helped him to popularity in 2017 as it peaked at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Following his release from prison on April 18, 2017, for the charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, he released three more songs on SoundCloud. On April 28, 2017, he announced his first nationwide tour titled ‘The Revenge Tour.’ His debut album “17” was released on August 25, 2017, and received mixed reviews. Onfroy’s second studio album, called “?,” was released on March 16, 2018.
His personal life drew as much attention as his career. His troubled relationship with Geneva Ayala led to multiple accusations of physical abuse, but Onfroy maintained his stand on being innocent till the end. In 2017, Onfroy started seeing Jenesis Sanchez, and the relationship eventually turned into a domestic partnership. Sanchez said that Onfroy showed changes in controlling his anger. On June 18, 2018, after leaving Riva Motorsports Motorcycle in Deerfield Beach, Florida, two armed men approached him. A brief struggle ensued. They stole a small Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 from his car and shot him multiple times. Upon being transported by paramedics to the nearby hospital in Deerfield Beach, he was pronounced dead. Three days later, his mother announced Sanchez’s pregnancy on Instagram. On January 26, 2019, their baby boy, Gekyume, was born.
On September 8, his estate released his E.P. “ItWasntMe,“ which was first released in 2016. Featuring four tracks, it was made available on all streaming services.
XXXTentacion releases his first official E.P. named “The Fall.”
He gains mainstream popularity with the single ‘Look at Me,’ which is released on SoundCloud.
He releases his first album “17,” which reaches number two on the Billboard 200 and is certified double-platinum in the U.S.
He wins his first American Music Award for the “17” album under the category ‘Favorite Album-Soul/R&B.’
While sitting in his car outside Riva Motorsports Motorcycle, two armed men approach him and shoot him multiple times.
On January 26, seven month after his passing, his son, Gekuyme, is born.
On September 8, his estate releases "ItWasntMe" which is available on all streaming services and features four tracks.
Why We Love XXXtentacion
His songs tackled mental health issues
XXXTentacion's music revolved around the themes of depression and alienation — he wasn't afraid to express his raw emotions through his lyrics. His music brought attention to mental health, made those who were experiencing similar struggles feel understood, and encouraged people to talk about what they were going through.
He had a good heart
He often volunteered at animal shelters. Additionally, he believed in random acts of kindness and used to pay for meals and give money to random strangers.
His unique voice
His voice was distinct and always distinguishable. His vocals displayed an emotional vulnerability that touched a large listening audience.
5 Surprising Facts
The inspiration behind his signature half-colored hair
XXXTentacion's signature look of half-blonde, half-black hair was inspired by the antagonist Cruella de Vil from “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.”
His celebrity crush
XXXTentacion’s celebrity crush was Lana Del Ray — she was also one of the inspirations behind his musical style.
As he was changing for the better, he shaved his eyebrows off to start fresh — he also got a tree tattoo and dyed his hair blue to show that he was a new person, physically and mentally.
The story behind his first tattoo
His mother's name is Cleopatra and since he was very close to her, he got her name inked on his chest in middle school to express his love and affection.
His plans to pursue a diploma
In March 2018, XXXTentacion announced he would be enrolling in community college to receive his General Education Diploma (GED).
What was XXXTentacion's last song?
His last song was ‘Changes,’ which was released on March 2, 2018, as the second single from the album.
What is XXXTentacion's first song?
XXXTentacion’s first song was called ‘News/Flock,’ which was released in June 2013 on SoundCloud.
Who killed XXXTentacion?
Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome, were found guilty of the rapper’s murder, as well as for armed robbery.
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