XXXTentacion Shot & Killed in Florida; Hip-Hop Reacts
20-year old hip-hop sensation XXXTentacion was murdered Monday in Deerfield Beach, FL, impacting hip-hop artists across the industry.
Monday afternoon, the hip-hop world lost a generational talent. XXXTentacion was shot and killed in his car, being pronounced dead thereafter. The Florida rapper was selected to XXL’s Freshman List in 2017, and hasn’t stopped since. He’s released two studio albums, 17 and ?, which debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 respectively.
X, to say the least, has had a crazy and controversial career. He was alleged to have done many horrible things in the past, including his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He was loved by many, as well as hated by many. However, his music spoke directly to a youthful generation, in which things such as depression, anxiety, and overall mental health issues are huge and legitimate problems.
He rose to prominence in early 2017, where many alleged that Drake stole XXXTentacion’s flow. Drake’s song “KMT” sounded a lot like X’s song “Look at Me!,” which began the entire recognition of the young rapper’s music. At the time, X was serving time in jail for his alleged crimes, but was released shortly after.
He was signed to Empire Records upon his release, which skyrocketed his musical career. He initially released his first streaming-service mixtape, titled “Revenge” in May of 2017. Gaining more fame from the music and controversies that surrounded him, X released his debut studio album 17 in August of 2017. With tracks such as “Jocelyn Flores” and “Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares,” the album did great and debuted as the No. 2 hip-hop album in the country.
X didn’t take long to then return to more success in the rap game. A few months later, he dropped his A Ghetto Christmas Carol EP in December. Shortly thereafter, the young artist was brought to trial for his alleged crimes, and put back in jail, only to be released shortly after on house arrest.
He became pretty quiet for a little bit after that, until March arrived. He released his second studio album, ?, which became his most successful project yet. With hit songs such as “SAD!” and “Changes,” X showed the versatile musical talent that he has. It was his first No. 1 project, and showed the artist could become much bigger than he already was.
Then came June 18th, where X was fatally shot and killed after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead afterwards.
He was on the very-talented side of this generation’s hip-hop stars, and many people recognized that. Many were affected across the industry, and showed their love and support to X via social media on Monday.
My heart dropped when I heard about @xxxtentacion, I feel like we only got to see a glimpse of his artistry. I didn’t know him personally but I respect how passionate he was about his music and message. Nobody deserves this kind of ending. gone too soon, damn! RIP
— Sean Don (@BigSean) June 19, 2018
Thanks for inspiring me. pic.twitter.com/BmX3ya6Hmx
— diblo (@diplo) June 18, 2018
No This Can’t Be Real
— $ki Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) June 18, 2018
This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 18, 2018