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Rap/hip-hop music has a wild reputation for being violent and this is a deep reflection of the reality in the communities of those who were deeply involved with the genre, especially the African American community. However, as the world evolved and the hip-hop genre gained international appeal, it began to lose its violent reputation. The more it evolved past its violent lyrics, the wider its audience grew and soon it became one of the leading genres in the world. Arguably, the likes of Drake, Mac Miller, XXXtentacion and the rest of them have proven these facts.

Moreso, despite the more mellow lyrics, which has replaced guns and knives with money, girls, and cars, there are those who still strive to maintain the violent heydays of the genre. Not only have they done it in their music, but they have also lived it too. For some, it was just an identity, a music persona to set themselves apart in a genre that had become increasingly more materialistic, while for others, it was still a representation of their reality.

Looking into the life of the popular late rapper, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, popularly known as XXXtentacion, of a truth, he lived his days. The rapper had a glowing rise in fame before his death, leaving behind stories of controversy and violence. Who was he? Learn more by reading below.

Who was XXXtentacion? – Biography

Born on January 23, 1998, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy was in every sense of the world, a Jamaican except for not being born in Jamaica. He was born in Plantation, Florida to his parents, Cleopatra Bernard and Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy. Like almost every violent hip-hop star, Ricardo grew up with a very difficult childhood. Ricardo did not grow up with his father and he spent the majority of his childhood getting raised by his grandmother because of his mother’s financial condition. His violent tendencies began to manifest right from his childhood when he attempted to stab a man who was attacking his mother. As a result of this, he was placed in a youth program.

Ricardo attended four schools, three of which he was kicked out of for various violent behaviors. He was introduced to music at Sheridan House Family Ministries before he was kicked out. At Sheridan, he learned the piano, guitar and listened to nu-metal, rap, and hard rock.

His entry into professional music started in 2013 when he released his first song, News/Flock in June 2013 while he was in Juvenile Detention.  After his release, he recorded and released Vice City on the popular independent music platform, SoundCloud. He released his first project, an extended play (EP) titled The Fall in November 2014. He further released a collaboration album with Ski Mask, the Slump God who he had met in Juvenile. He released another EP in 2016 titled Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer. With the release of the second EP, Ricardo’s music popularity grew and he eventually abandoned his day job as a call center operator to focus on his growing career.

Despite the fact Ricardo went into music as part of efforts to give up a life of crime, Ricardo struggled with going completely clean and becoming an upstanding citizen. He was arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in July 2016. After the posting of a hefty bail, Onfroy continued with his plans to release his debut album. The album failed to drop on its release date due to another arrest of XXXtentacion for witness tampering and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.

While he was in prison, XXXtentacion released another single, Look at Me which further increased his popularity after a minor controversy over his flow style theft by hip-hop behemoth, Drake. He received label offers while he was in prison and was eventually released on April 18, 2017. He released his debut album, 17 on August 2017, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200. At his death, he had released two studio albums and a posthumous album is scheduled for December 2018.

Ex-girlfriend, Mom

Despite spending his childhood days with his grandmother, XXXtentacion has always been close to his mother, having shown a firesome commitment to protecting her right from a young age. At the time of his death, he left his entire estate to his mother, Cleopatra Bernard, and brother, Aiden.

XXXtentacion and Jenesis Sanchez
XXXtentacion and Jenesis Sanchez

Ricardo Onfroy was in a relationship with Jenesis Sanchez before his death and the two were expecting a baby that was due in December 2018. Before Jenesis, Onfroy was in a relationship with a lady who accused him of domestic violence, including an aggravated battery that led to an arrest in July 2016.

Death: Who is XXXtentacion’s Killer?

XXXtentacion was killed on June 18, 2018, in a robbery gone wrong. While he left the Riva Motorsports dealership in Deerfield Beach in Florida, he was approached by two armed men who stole his Louis Vuitton bag before shooting him multiple times. While the incident is considered a robbery due to the stolen bag, it is widely believed it was a premeditated shooting. The killers, Michel Boatright, and Dedrick Devonshay Williams were subsequently arrested.

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