Controversial US rapper XXXTentacion shot dead
Controversial US rapper XXXTentacion has been killed aged 20.
The rapper was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artistes and was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
According to BBC, “XXXTentacion had a troubled upbringing and was expelled from middle school for fighting, but he channeled his energy and fury into music”.
“He quickly became the most popular artist in the genre known as SoundCloud Rap, defined by its languid, hazy beats and wide-ranging influences,” BBC reported.
The Changes and SAD rapper had a number one Billboard album Bad Vibes.
He was shot while leaving a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday.
According to police XXXTentacion, real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After hearing the shots, many surrounded the car while onlookers took video of the horrific incident and shared it on social media.
In the midst of the tragedy, a man on scene checked for XXXTentacion’s pulse.
Later identified as a nurse, the Good Samaritan told the media, that he was disappointed with the onlookers who opted to capture the moment instead of offering a helping hand.
Tributes quickly poured in on social media.
Kanye West said: “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here,” he posted on Twitter.
Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs described XXXTentacion as “one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.”
One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. Let’s love each other while we’re alive.
REST IN PEACE YOUNG KING. pic.twitter.com/wwxDOLeaxB
— Diddy (@Diddy) June 19, 2018
DJ and record producer Diplo said the rapper had wanted him and Skrillex to finish his next album, ending his message with a broken heart emoji.
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This kid was a genius . true artist. He made his own rules. He has his faults and we was willing to pay for his sins.. but he was young and he worked so hard on his own self . He wanted to be better. he loves everyone so much . He lived for every kid out here. He had the biggest imagination. He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album. I Invited him to La this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come ? . He used every second of his life to create . He reppped Florida to his core.. I love this kid . He was gonna do so much more he promised me ?
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Rapper J Cole hailed the star’s “enormous talent and limitless potential”. “God bless his family, friends and fans,” he posted.
Documentary maker Louis Theroux said: “Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a beautiful new feel to hip hop. So sad.”