Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Davido, Burna boy react to death of XXXTentacion

"The rapper's album "?" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard's 200 Albums Chart in March. The 20-year-old was struck by gunfire from two armed men during an apparent robbery.

The footage resurfaced after XXXTentacion was shot dead while sitting in the driver's seat of his pricey black BMW sports auto in Florida on Monday afternoon.

Despite his disturbing personal conduct, XXX has been viewed as the most prominent voice in the emergent South Florida SoundCloud rap scene, which also includes rappers like Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, and wifisfuneral.

A controversial South Florida rapper who was attacked on stage and knocked unconscious while performing in San Diego previous year was shot and killed near his Fort Lauderdale-area home, authorities said. At least one of the suspects fired, and then both fled the scene in a dark SUV.

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TMZ reported on Monday that XXXTentacion was shot in a "possible drive-by" while shopping for motorcycles in Florida.

Kanye West led the tributes Monday, saying he was grateful to the young rapper "for existing".

Travis Barker tweeted: "I'm at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you". You could look at his face and smile and he was just a normal kid like us.

Rapper J Cole hailed the star's "enormous talent and limitless potential".

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XXXTentacion had a troubled upbringing and was expelled from middle school for fighting, but he channelled his energy and fury into music.

He was arrested in December 2017 on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend and later released on house arrest.

The rapper, whose hit songs include SAD! and Moonlight, quickly rose to prominence following the release of his debut album 17 last August.

But much of his brief career has been mired in controversy.

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Back in April, Spotify recently came under fire after they removed all of his music from their curated playlist.

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