As controversial as he was creative, fallen Miami rap artist XXXTENTACION left behind a revered catalog of stirring, cathartic music, a faithful group of fans, and—to the detestation of some—a contentiously violent past.
At the time of the 17 rapper’s shooting death on Monday (June 18), which left him in critical condition before fatally succumbing to his injuries, X was the internet’s hottest topic of debate only a week prior for New York Times’ vexatious and viral investigative feature story, The Real Story of South Florida Rapper XXXTENTACION.
The article cracked open the intimate details of X’s alleged history of violence, specifically the domestic abuse allegations from his ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala and an incident of brutally attacking a gay juvenile inmate for staring at him while he was naked, X explained in the story. The onset of his meteoric, SoundCloud-pioneered hip-hop fame paralleled his ongoing legal battles where felony charges against X included assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, while his domestic abuse trial unfolded, with charges of false imprisonment, aggravated battery, witness tampering and witness intimidation. Intense online and physical harassment aimed at his former girlfriend from angry fans followed and was only further ignited by a GoFundMe account that she’d created to help pay for medical treatment of the alleged injuries from the “SAD!” rapper.
Even still, some fans argue that X was on a promising path to recovery and self-rehabilitation, bringing to light many of his charitable, philanthropic deeds he’d taken to in recent months and shaming anyone who has celebrated his tragic death. But according to others, his unsavory past taints his legacy, and if anything deserves to be acknowledged it’s the people he left victimized in his short 20 years of life.
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I don’t like XXXTen or things he’s done in the past but I’m not gonna dehumanize him and make a joke of his death neither. That’s some dark twisted humor and some of ya’ll need to get that checked out fr. It’s not normal.— #Nashe (@LuxxxSOClAL) June 19, 2018
someone dying doesn’t absolve them of whatever heinous shit they did if you wanted people to mourn them then they should’ve been less awful pic.twitter.com/rupz6iMPmR— they be discussing divorce (@HOESTRADAMUS) June 18, 2018
XXXTentacion did some unforgivable things in his life, but he was proof that there’s always some light for the darkest of people. He made music that helped many people, including my own friends.— Hi My Name (@_is_Trey) June 19, 2018
My DMs are always open for anyone who is struggling with anything at all.
If George Zimmerman died tomorrow we would join hands in saying fuck that nigga. We cannot join hands in saying fuck XXXtentacion because his victims were a gay man and a woman. Debate yourself, I'm busy.— David Dennison (@JGdoesnt) June 18, 2018
The most fucked up part about @xxxtentacion death is he battled with suicide/depression and they took this man when he was on the road to recovery. He spread so much positivity despite the shit that happened in his past. Regardless, he is still human. No one deserves to be killed— RIP XXX (@Unhealingly) June 19, 2018
Yall asking us to forgive a nigga who didnt even TRY to make things right with his victims. Made things worse for his victim and fucking had his fans stalking her and stopping her from pursuing justice in court— idiotboy (@systmbraika) June 18, 2018
#XXXTENTACION if y’all are celebrating his death share on you...he was just beginning to turn his life around and his music really got individuals through tough times...including me. RIP @xxxtentacion 😔🙏🏾— Kenzie (@QveenKayyyyy) June 19, 2018
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Any 1 celebrating #XXXTentacion death is trash Period. I don't give a shit of how much of an "advocate" u claim 2 be 4 causes. No 1 is defending his past actions but every 1 has a past. You know who else was an abuser, thief, & liar very young? Malcolm X. Fuck ur fake humanity— Killmonger's sympathizer (@Dawneei) June 19, 2018
XXXtentacion was a deep dude. All the legal troubles & other bs aside. That was his business g. He was a life path 33 & listening to one of his interviews, I was intrigued by the way he perceived the world. I can't see how mfs celebrate a young black man being murdered smfh— Torey Baker (@BeardGangBeezY) June 19, 2018
Men’s potential is more protected than women’s safety, and it’s disgusting— Tedros Robinson (@tedrobinson_) June 19, 2018
Seeing people say their happy @xxxtentacion is possibly dead is disgusting. I may not agree with a lot of what X has done in the past but he was actually trying to spread a positive message and change himself recently. Sending love to him and his fans.— ya fav sad boi😜 (@yalocalsadboi) June 18, 2018
Last January, XXXTENTACION went to a foster home and donated TVs, PS4s, notebooks & goodies to all 35 of the kids. For the 25 kids that were ages 2-5, he bought teddy bears.— Nick Harris (@Nick_Harris15) June 19, 2018
Yes, he had past issues, but he was getting his life back on track.
Gone way too soon, Rest In Peace X pic.twitter.com/3075DkF3uh
Everyone now wanna judge X for his mistake, fuck you, you never even knew him till now. xxxtentacion did mistakes in the past, and he changed for the best. He helped people with depression, he did a lot of great things he didn't need to share every single moment. We will miss you— Abdel (@ElgreatlyAbdel) June 19, 2018
so....when trump finally kicks the bucket, i don’t want to see a single celebration, happy tweet, none of it! keep that same energy and respect the dead/feel sorry about it since that’s what we on— nadi🌻 (@nadiyaahp) June 18, 2018
-xoxo gossip girl
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