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XXXTentacion in October 2016

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy
January 23, 1998
Plantation, Florida, U.S.
June 18, 2018 (aged 20)
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Cause of death
Gunshot wound
Resting place
Gardens of Boca Raton Memorial Park
Boca Raton, Florida[1]
Other names
XXXXTriple XXXXTentacleYung Dagger Dick[2]
Musical career
Hip hopemo rapalternative rocktrapR&Brap rock
Years active
Bad Vibes ForeverCarolineEmpireCapitol
Associated acts
Members OnlySki Mask the Slump GodDenzel CurryJoey BadassKeith ApeRobb BanksTrippie

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (January 23, 1998 � June 18, 2018), known
professionally as XXXTentacion (/??ks??ks??ks?t?nt?s'j?n/),[3] was an American
rapper, singer, and songwriter.
Born in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill. He
began writing music after being released from a youth correction center[4] and
released his first song on SoundCloud in June 2013, titled "News/Flock".[5] He was
a popular figure in SoundCloud rap, a trap scene that takes elements of lo-fi music
and harsh 808s.[6][7][8] Well known for his "depressing, and at times devastating"
music that brought attention to mental health, Onfroy employed styles and
techniques that were unconventional in hip hop during his career, such as
distortion and heavy guitar-backed instrumentals drawing inspiration from third-
wave emo.
Onfroy rose to fame with the release of his song "Look at Me". He released his
debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017. The album debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard
200, selling 86,000 album-equivalent units first week. The album received a
positive response from critics, some of which lauded the album for its personal
narratives and diverse musical style. 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" both reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album
was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 26, 2018.
Onfroy died on June 18, 2018, after being gunned down as he left a motorcycle
dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. [9] The attackers fled the scene in an SUV
after stealing a bag from Onfroy, and the suspected shooter was arrested by police
in his native Pompano Beach, and charged with the murder.[10] In the week following
his murder, Onfroy's highest-charting single, "Sad!", went from 52nd to 1st on the
Billboard Hot 100, making Onfroy the first artist to top the Hot 100 posthumously
in a lead role since The Notorious B.I.G., with "Mo Money Mo Problems", in 1997.
Onfroy left behind what Rolling Stone called "a huge musical footprint" due to his
impact on his young fanbase and his popularity during his career.

Life and career
1998�2013: Childhood
2013�2016: Career beginnings and "Look at Me"
2017: Release from prison, Revenge, 17, and A Ghetto Christmas Carol
2018: YouTube channel, ? album and posthumous releases
Commercial impact
Musical style
Personal life
Public image
Incidents at concerts
Drake feud
Legal issues and controversy
See also
External links
Life and career
1998�2013: Childhood
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy was born on January 23, 1998, in Plantation, Florida,
to Jamaican parents, Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard.[11] He had three
siblings with one being half, shared paternally.[12] Onfroy was mainly raised by
his grandmother Collette Jones[13]�due to his mother's financial situation[14]�in
Pompano Beach, Florida, and Lauderhill, Florida. When Onfroy was six years old, he
tried to stab a man attempting to attack his mother[14] and was eventually put into
a youth program before being forced to live with his grandmother.[11]
Onfroy's interest in music initially started after his aunt persuaded him to begin
attending school choir and later church choir. He was soon kicked out of the school
choir after attacking another student.[15] Onfroy attended Margate Middle
School[13] where he was later expelled from middle school after a series of
physical altercations. He was subsequently enrolled into Sheridan House Family
Ministries by his mother for over six months.[15] Onfroy began to listen to nu-
metal, hard rock and rap during his time at Sheridan House Family Ministries, which
led to him attempting to learn the piano and guitar.[14]
Onfroy attended Piper High School until he dropped out in the tenth grade.[16] He
described himself as a "misfit" during that time, citing how quiet he was despite
being popular and regularly involved in physical confrontations.[17] Onfroy was not
the athletic type and said that he was insecure and depressed during his time in
high school.[11]
2013�2016: Career beginnings and "Look at Me"
Onfroy's career as a music artist began in June 2013 after the release of his song
"News/Flock".[5] While in juvenile detention for gun possession charges, Onfroy met
Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne,[18] another artist known as Ski Mask the Slump God.
During their time together, Onfroy and Goulbourne became good friends and began
freestyling.[19] Recalling his time in detention, Onfroy said that he was
respectful to the officers and staff and used to protect people from other inmates,
including a homosexual cellmate, whom Onfroy later attacked for allegedly staring
at him while he was changing clothes.[15][20]
That same year, following his release from a juvenile detention center, Onfroy and
Goulbourne met up again under the belief they were going to commit a string of home
invasions for monetary gain[21] though Onfroy eventually bought a Blue Snowball
microphone and began recording music,[19] which convinced Stokeley to do the same.
After Onfroy adopted the moniker XXXTentacion, he uploaded his first official song,
called "Vice City", on SoundCloud.[22] Speaking on his decision to abandon a life
of crime for music, Onfroy said that he felt like music was a better outlet for his
feelings and then-girlfriend Geneva Ayala was someone who helped him realize that.
[11] He would then continue uploading small snippets of his songs that he would
either soon release or keep unreleased. Onfroy eventually joined Ski Mask the Slump
God's group Very Rare, before breaking off and starting the Members Only
collective, which Ski Mask then also joined.[4] The word "tentaci�n" in his stage
name is the Spanish word for "temptation".[23][24]
Onfroy released his first official extended play (EP), called The Fall, on November
21, 2014.[25] Onfroy released one collaboration album with Ski Mask the Slump God,
called Members Only Vol. 1, before releasing Members Only Vol. 2 in 2015 with
several members of the growing Members Only collective. In 2016, he released the EP
Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer,[26] with music heavily inspired by heavy metal
and indie music. In 2016, Onfroy quit his job as a call center operator due to his
growing music career[16] and moved in with rapper Denzel Curry.[27]
In July 2016, Onfroy was arrested and charged with robbery and assault with a
deadly weapon.[28][29] After posting $10,000 bail, Onfroy continued to work on his
debut independent album, Bad Vibes Forever, which had a slated October 31, 2016
release date.[11] The album missed the release date and was delayed due to Onfroy
being arrested in early October on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering
and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.[30]
2017: Release from prison, Revenge, 17, and A Ghetto Christmas Carol
In 2017 "Look at Me" gained traction, peaked at number 34 on US Billboard Hot 100
and the top 40 of the Canadian Hot 100.[31] The single helped him gain more
popularity due to accusations of Canadian rapper Drake using a similar rap flow in
his then-unreleased song "KMT" that he previewed at a concert in Amsterdam with
feature guest appearance from British rapper Giggs.[32][33]
After his release from prison on April 18, 2017, he released three more songs on
SoundCloud.[34] In an interview with WMIB, Onfroy announced that he was working on
the studio albums Bad Vibes and 17; as well as a mixtape, I Need Jesus.[35][36] In
an interview three days after his release from prison, Onfroy said to XXL, "I got
this really, really, really good album called 17. That's more of an alternative,
R&B sound�then I've got this mixtape called I Need Jesus, which is mainly rap and
the underground sound I did."[37]
Onfroy announced his first nationwide tour on April 28, 2017. The tour, titled "The
Revenge Tour", had 26 tour dates overall and was widely publicized due to numerous
controversies which included a rapper being assaulted,[38] Onfroy being involved in
an altercation on stage that led to him being knocked unconscious[39] an audience
member being stabbed,[40] Onfroy being thrown into a barricade by security,[41] and
Onfroy punching a fan.[42] He announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour
dates due to his cousin being shot on June 24, 2017,[43] though the final tour date
in Broward County, Florida, still went ahead[44] and was later streamed on the
watchthemusic (WAV) app.[45]
Onfroy was named as the tenth pick on XXL's "2017 Freshman Class" after being voted
in.[46] In his XXL freestyle (which is regularly done by freshmen where a rapper
will rhyme a cappella), it was speculated that he verbally insulted fellow American
rapper J. Cole,[47] though later Cole endorsed the rapper's music, calling him
Onfroy released his major-label debut commercial project, called Revenge, on May
16, 2017. The mixtape consists of eight previously released songs.[49] The
collaborative mixtape, Members Only, Vol. 3, with Members Only, was released on
June 26, 2017.
Onfroy announced that he would be taking a small break from social media on July
20, 2017,[50] until he came back two weeks later to announce the release date for
his upcoming debut album, called 17.[51] Rapper DRAM brought Onfroy out at a
concert in the Staples Centre during Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Tour, being the first
time that Onfroy performed at the arena and the first time he was brought out as an
opening act by a mainstream artist.[52] This was following Lamar's comments about
rappers using ghostwriters for song lyrics[53] which may have been directed at
Drake, whom Onfroy was in a rap feud with earlier that year.[54]
He released his major-label debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017.[55] The album
debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, selling 86,000 album-equivalent units
first week.[56] The album received a positive response from critics, some of which
lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style.[57] On
September 3, 2017, Onfroy announced that Bad Vibes Forever, his second album, was
still in production.[58] 17 gave Onfroy's seven songs�"Jocelyn Flores", "Revenge",
"Fuck Love", "Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares", "Depression & Obsession", "Save
Me" and "Carry On"�that debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 at number 31, 77, 41, 54,
91, 94 and 95, respectively. Jocelyn Flores became XXXTentacion's highest-charting
song since "Look at Me", which peaked it at 34.[59] Onfroy then had his ninth song
to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, in turn with his being featured on Kodak Black's
song "Roll in Peace", taken from Project Baby 2. The song debuted at 52 and peaked
at 31, matching Jocelyn Flores.[60]
On September 12, 2017, Onfroy released his first official music video for his 2016
song "Look at Me", as well as sharing a music video with his 2015 song "Riot".[61]
The song generated controversy hours after being posted due to the video depicting
a white child being hanged by Onfroy, as another black child observed.[62] Onfroy's
label, Bad Vibes Forever, signed a distribution deal with Capitol Music Group
subsidiary Caroline on October 19, 2017. The deal, reportedly worth 6 million
dollars, is for one album only.[63] Shortly afterwards on October 25, 2017, Onfroy
announced he was terminating his contract with Caroline[64] despite a
representative confirming he was still signed.[65] Two days later, he announced
that he will be retiring due to negativity and backlash[66] though some
publications noted that Onfroy made similar statements before and not followed
through.[67] On October 30, 2017, Onfroy announced that he will make music again if
fellow Broward rapper and "former best friend", Ski Mask the Slump God, was his
friend again.[68] Later, Onfroy answered a fan's question on Instagram live about
his retirement, saying, "Am I quitting? Yes, I'm quitting�I don't know for how
long, but I'm just not going to make music right now."[69]
Onfroy previewed new music on November 2, 2017, signaling a return to making music.
[70] Onfroy announced a new album titled Bad Vibes Forever on November 17, 2017,
[71] speaking on the album, Onfroy said "It will be a mix of genres you have seen
me dabble with, if you are not a fan of me this is not an album for you, it is for
core fans only".[72] The album title shares its name with his label.[73] On
December 11, 2017, Onfroy released the A Ghetto Christmas Carol EP on SoundCloud.
[74] A day before his hearing for witness tampering charges, Onfroy announced that
he was preparing three albums to be ready for 2018,[75] and after being released on
house arrest, he announced the titles of all three albums, Skins, Bad Vibes Forever
and ?.[76]
2018: YouTube channel, ? album and posthumous releases
Onfroy began to use his long-time YouTube channel "xxxtentacion", previously used
to upload music, to upload gaming videos and vlogs.[77] The channel has over 10
million subscribers and 1.4 billion total views as of July 2018.[78] On January 22,
2018, Onfroy announced on Instagram that he and New York rapper Joey Badass had
been creating a project together[79] and the two dropped a freestyle to the song
"King's Dead" on SoundCloud on March 9, 2018, in preparation for the collab
project.[80] The "xxxtentacion" YouTube channel uploaded the video
"#THEHELPINGHANDCHALLENGE" on the same day. The video included Onfroy donating
musical instruments, video game consoles, and other gifts to a foster home.[81]
Shortly afterwards, Onfroy declared his album had finished and he was preparing to
release it but would only do so after the hashtag #HELPINGHANDCHALLENGE reached one
million mentions on Instagram.[82]
Onfroy released his first single of 2018 on February 2, titled "Shining Like the
Northstar".[83] He was also featured on long-time collaborator and producer Ronny
J's track "Banded Up".[84] Onfroy released the song "Hope" on his SoundCloud
account on February 21, 2018, dedicated to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High
School shooting, which had occurred in Parkland, several miles north of Onfroy's
native Plantation.[85] Onfroy announced that he was releasing two songs at midnight
on March 2, 2018, both the first singles for his upcoming album ?.[86] The lead
single for ?, "Sad!", was released several hours later[87] alongside "Changes",
which features fellow 2017 XXL Freshman PnB Rock.[88] "Sad!" debuted at number 17,
becoming his highest-charting song in the United States, and eventually peaked at
number 1 after XXXTentacion's death before releasing its official music video on
June 28.[89] "Hope" also charted after his death, peaking at number 80.
Onfroy announced the release date for his second studio album, ?, on March 12,
2018.[90] He shared the 18 track track-list with features from Joey Bada$$, Travis
Barker and PnB Rock.[91] ? was released on March 16, 2018.[92] ? debuted at number
one on the Billboard 200, becoming Onfroy's first number one in the country, losing
out with his debut album 17 due to Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2.[93]
On June 21, 2018, the first posthumous song featuring Onfroy was released, "Ghost
Busters", with Trippie Redd featuring Quavo and Ski Mask the Slump God, and was
uploaded on Trippie Redd's SoundCloud.[94] Hip hop magazine and blog XXL released a
series of freestyles that Onfroy performed as a part of his 2017 Freshman Cypher.
[95] Ugly God released a song titled "Tear Drop" on June 22, 2018, which featured
Onfroy's aforementioned unreleased cypher verses, as a tribute to Onfroy.[96]
Main article: Murder of XXXTentacion