XXXTentacion Left Out of Grammys ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

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The Grammys “In Memoriam” segment this year left out XXXTentacion, a rapper whose decidedly mixed legacy included domestic abuse accusations involving a pregnant woman.

The rapper, born Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, died last June at age 20 when he was shot dead near a motorcycle dealership in Broward County, Florida.

It was unclear whether the abuse accusations against XXXTentacion factored into his absence from the tribute. But Joe Jackson, whom Michael Jackson very publicly accused of abuse, was included in the tribute segment.

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A representative for the Grammys did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the ceremony ended Sunday.

Pitchfork reported that XXXTentacion’s ex told prosecutors that at one point in their relationship, he threatened to kill her “literally like every day.” She also accused him of head-butting her, holding her head under water, hitting her, strangling her, and threatening to kill their unborn child. The full account is here.

The domestic violence accusations against XXXTenacion led Spotify to announce in May 2018 — a month before his death — that it would no longer stream his music. But his songs returned after his death.

Born in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion entered the music industry in 2013 with the release of his song “News/Flock” and became a widely celebrated SoundCloud rapper whose introspective songs confronted dark and difficult emotions.

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However, XXXTentacion had legal troubles dating back to 2014 when he was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. In 2016, he was arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Then in October of that same year while out on bail awaiting trial, he was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.

XXXTentacion was released on house arrest in March 2018, after which he posted on social media that he was going back to community college to get his GED.

Washington Post critic Chris Richards wrote of XXXTentacion’s troubling and complicated life:

He encouraged his fans to find hope in the fog of their despair, but bragged enthusiastically about the joy he felt in brutalizing others. His music brought solace to the depressed, the same way it granted validation to violent young men like him, legitimizing the pain of so many while paving over the suffering of countless victims of domestic violence.

Here is some of the reaction online to XXXTenacion not appearing in the “In Memoriam” segment:

XXXTentacion was not included in the #Grammys In Memoriam and, despite all of his terrible actions, that feels very disrespectful. He was a major recording artist whose music meant something to a lot of people, and he was murdered.

— Quinn Russell Brown (@quinnrussbrown) February 11, 2019

I have read at length the allegations against him, and I am not a fan. But he was still a person, and he was objectively significant to music. Also, in conjunction with the Grammys ignoring the detention of 21 Savage all night, it felt extra intentional.

— Quinn Russell Brown (@quinnrussbrown) February 11, 2019

Didn’t pay tribute to Xxxtenacion. What’s up with that Grammys? #xxxtenacion #Grammy2019

— Marc Richter (@MarcRicht3r) February 11, 2019

That’s the price of domestic violence allegations

— Canceled West (@jdrch) February 11, 2019

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Weeks before his death, rapper XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) had signed a $10 million album dollar deal with indie label Empire, according to the New York Times.

The agreement, which only covered one album — XXXTentacion’s third official release — was with the same music company that released the South Florida emcee’s first album, “17.”

Onfroy was shot and killed on June 18. Three days later, Broward County Sheriff’s Department arrested 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams and booked him on several charges, including first-degree murder, a probation violation for theft of a car and driving without a valid license.

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XXXTentacion started his career posting tracks to streaming site SoundCloud. The prolific rapper had finished “a significant amount of material” for the new album, Empire founder Ghazi Shami told the Times. There were no firm plans for its release, he added.

Due to a clause in XXXTentacion’s last record deal, which was with a distribution unit Universal Music Group, the new effort may not be released until at least October, per the paper.

That is not ideal from a business standpoint, as streams for the rapper’s material have skyrocketed since his murder last month.

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Empire dropped “17” on August 2017, which opened at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. His second album, “?,” opened at No. 1 in March.

XXXTentacion’s existing big money deal with Empire covers only this next release.

The hip-hop artist’s rise to fame in the rap world had been rocked by legal troubles dating back to 2014 when he was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. In 2016, he was arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

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New Person of Interest Identified in XXXTentacion Shooting

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The Broward Sheriff identified a new person of interest in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion on Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said that homicide detectives are interested in talking to Robert Allen regarding the murder in a tweet. It did not say why it is interested in speaking to Allen, who is 22 years old.

Last week, the sheriff’s office arrested 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams in connection to the rapper’s death and booked him on several charges, including first-degree murder, a probation violation for theft of a car and driving without a valid license.

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XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was killed in a drive-by shooting on June 18. The 20-year-old rising hip-hop star was transported to an area hospital where he lapsed into a coma and later died from his injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, XXXTentacion was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, shortly before 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects.

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The rapper, whose second album “?” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2018, was shopping for motorcycles in Deerfield Beach outside of Miami when he was shot and killed by a gunman, according to TMZ.

Born in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion released his first song, “News/Flock” in 2013, and later became a popular figure on the streaming service SoundCloud.

However, XXXTentacion’s rise to fame in the rap world had been rocked by legal troubles dating back to 2014, when he was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. In 2016, he was arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

BSO homicide detectives are interested in talking to 22-year-old Robert Allen regarding the murder of Jahseh Onfroy, aka XXXTentacion. Anyone with info is asked to call BSO Homicide detectives Walt Foster or John Curcio at (954) 321-4210 or online at https://t.co/dS42PEIuZa. pic.twitter.com/Lo6d2Gx3GX

– Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 27, 2018

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