It had been a rocky times as well as good times for Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy aka XXXTentacion. Following the South Florida artist being released from Paul Rein Detention Facility on probation, Empire Founder and CEO Ghazi Shami (pictured here with XXXTentacion) announced a unique partnership with the artist whose single, ‘Look At Me,” hit over 150 million streams.
A year later, this same artist was murdered in front of a motorcycle shop by unnamed assailants, witnesses said.
The talented young rapper, whose troubled life included alleged abuse, is mourned by many, including such artists as Kanye West. With a bright future ahead of him, X’s untimely demise speaks volumes of the dangerous, violent times that we live in. Although this artist was far from perfect and had numerous legal issues, he did not deserve to die.
According to Empire’s Shami, X was one of the rappers to watch. In a statement that Shami issued upon signing a deal with X he said, “From Kendrick Lamar to The Migos, to D.R.A.M. and Anderson .Paak, we pride ourselves in working with gifted artists early on in their career. XXXTentacion is a unique talent and we’re excited to be in partnership with him, helping him bring his vision to life.”
Following a string of steady viral hits such as “Kill Me” and “YuNg BrAtZ,” “Look At Me!” exploded from an underground anthem into a Billboard Hot 100 mainstay. Along the way, XXXTentacion received the endorsement of everyone from Lil Yachty and Erykah Badu to Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky who proclaimed him, “The hardest in Florida” on social media.
Spewing raw rage and a powerful primal scream, “Look At Me!” illuminates his inimitable style steeped in a furious hip-hop cadence, alternative mystique, and heavy metal aggression.
There’s very little way to sum up the recent death of this uniquely talented artist except to reiterate the title of one of his recent recordings: “Sad.”
May his soul rest in peace. #Xfree