No motive, arrests in fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion

20 June, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Age 20 at the time of his death, XXXTentacion was one of a growing number of rappers from Broward County to gain widespread popularity with fans. Dispatch audio indicates the incident was possibly a drive-by, with the alleged shooter or shooters having potentially left the scene in a black Dodge Journey, Chevy Tahoe, or Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 20-year-old rapper was out shopping for motorcycles, as he was leaving the dealer, that's when the suspect allegedly ran up to the vehicle and shot him.

The rapper had gathered a fervent following on Soundcloud, part of a movement of young artists making a hybrid style of music that came to be known as emo rap, part of the larger Soundcloud Rap scene.

He was considered a genre-bending artist, who cited a variety of influences that ranged from Tupac Shakur to Coldplay.

Kanye West said: "rest in peace". J. Cole called him an "enormous talent" with "limitless potential".

XXXTentacion had been accused of viciously assaulting his pregnant ex-girlfriend, among other charges.

Regarding a June 2017 attack at a San Diego concert, the following messages were posted on XXXTentacion's Twitter account: "security and venue set me up, I got sucker punched and knocked out, it is what it is".

The rapper was on house arrest but the judge recently let him out so that he could tour.

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He also continued to court controversy, releasing a provocative music video earlier this year in which, to make a point about racism, he put a noose around the neck of a young white child.

"He also wanted to cut out my tongue because I was singing the song", she said, according to Pitchfork.

When the news of XXXTentacion's death hit, rappers took to social media.

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