Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead
20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion who was fresh off the back of a Billboard number one album has been shot dead in his car in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The young rapper had lived a tumultuous life but leaves behind two albums that showcase a talent that was already delivering him into one of the major stars of the scene with his sparse beats and lo-fi production sound giving his music a spoked edge.
Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill. He began writing music after being released from a youth correction center and eventually released his first song on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in June 2013, titled “News/Flock”. He was a popular figure in SoundCloud rap, a trap scene that takes elements of lo-fi music and harsh 808s.
Onfroy released his debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017. Onfroy’s second album, ?, was released on March 16, 2018. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its singles “Sad!” and “Changes” peaking at numbers 7 and 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.