The rapper whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was just 20 years old. He had already seen an enormous amount of success, considering his freshman and sophomore albums respectively reached the #2 and #1 spot on Billboard and 4 of his singles had gone Platinum at the time of his passing.
His death shocked the hip-hop community, and countless celebrities including Kanye West and J. Cole paid tribute to X. In light of what happened, here’s 5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About XXXTentacion.
1. X Had Amazing Musical Talent
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Just found out me and bro went “Platinum” wit this record… it’s not even the same tho because i didn’t get a feelin of happiness when i heard but instead i just cried because we ain’t even get to share our moment together… So figured I’d share this video with y’all and share this moment with THE FANS & supporters ! to show y’all how we created it… he’s so musical man it was amazing working with this guy and his spirit was just unmatchable… this was my brother. he checked me when i did stupid shit & i truly miss him for so many other reasons. Ya name gon live forever bro #XXXTENTACION
XXXTentacion’s two studio albums, 17 (which was approved by Kendrick Lamar) and ?, beautifully demonstrated his natural musical talent in all facets. X knew how to play multiple instruments including the piano and guitar, which he had picked up prior to entering high school. He also had a fantastic ability to sing, and used his voice in his music to express his emotions. XXXTentacion was public about his battle with depression and was an icon for those enduring battles with mental illnesses. Rapper PnB Rock went to Instagram to show a snippet from the creation of X’s song “Changes”, which has just reached Platinum status.