XXXTentacion has been shot by a gunman in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Monday (June 18). Jahseh Onfroy was 20 years old. In Florida, he was shopping for motorcycles when he was suddenly attacked by an unidentified shooter and shot while inside his car. XXXTentacion was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. So far, no suspects have been named.
In a livestream at some point after the shooting, he said,
"I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life,” he said. “If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy.”
XXXTentacion was huge on Spotify, where his track "Sad!" had more than 270 million streams and was on the Top 50 chart this week in the US and globally. He also has several platinum songs, including "Changes," "Roll in Peace" with fellow rapper Kodak Black and "Look at Me!"
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The rapper has horrible allegations on his back and was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. He was facing 15 felony charges for false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation.
The artist had also been stricken from Spotify, in accordance with their new "hateful conduct" policies. In its original introduction, Spotify was giving the ax to artists that not only had harmful content but were also in the news for various conduct issues, including assault, battery, etc. Yes, Spotify was watching the headlines for stuff like this.
If an artist(s) were deemed to be involved in hateful conduct, they were removed from the official playlists like RapCaviar, Discover Weekly, and New Music Friday curated by Spotify.