Despite being a controversial figure due to his widely publicized legal issues, XXXTentacion gained a cult following among his young fanbase during his short career through his depression and alienation thematic driven music. He was often credited by critics and fans for his musical versatility, with his music exploring emo , trap , lo-fi , indie rock , nu metal , hip hop and punk rock. He began writing music after being released from a juvenile detention center and soon started his music career on SoundCloud in , employing styles and techniques that were unconventional in rap music , such as distortion and heavy guitar-backed instrumentals drawing inspiration from third-wave emo and grunge.
In , he formed the underground collective Members Only and alongside other members of the collective he soon became a popular figure in SoundCloud rap , a trap music scene that takes elements of lo-fi music and harsh s.
His debut album 17 was certified double platinum by the RIAA. His second album? No trial date has been set for the accused. When Onfroy was six years old, he tried to stab a man attempting to attack his mother  and was eventually put into a youth program before living with his grandmother. XXXTentacion's interest in music initially started after his aunt persuaded him to begin attending school choir and later church choir. He was soon kicked out of the school choir after attacking another student. He was subsequently enrolled into Sheridan House Family Ministries by his mother for over six months.
During their time together, Onfroy and Goulbourne became good friends and began freestyling. That same year, following his release from a juvenile detention center, he and Goulbourne met up again under the belief they were going to commit a string of home invasions for monetary gain  though Onfroy eventually bought a Blue Snowball microphone and began recording music,  which convinced Stokeley to do the same.
On December 30, , the original version of " Look at Me " was uploaded to the SoundCloud account of the song's co-producer, Rojas. In , Onfroy quit his job as a call center operator due to his growing music career  and moved in with rapper Denzel Curry. After his release from prison on April 18, , he released three more songs on SoundCloud. Onfroy announced his first nationwide tour on April 28, The tour, titled "The Revenge Tour", had 26 tour dates overall and generated much media coverage, included that of a rapper being assaulted,  Onfroy being knocked out after an altercation on stage,  an audience member being stabbed,  Onfroy being thrown into a barricade by security,  and Onfroy punching a fan.
Onfroy released his debut solo mixtape, Revenge , on May 16, The mixtape consists of eight previously released songs. Onfroy released his debut album, 17 , on August 25, Jocelyn Flores became Onfroy's highest-charting song since "Look at Me", which peaked it at The song debuted at 52 and peaked at 31, matching "Jocelyn Flores. On September 12, , Onfroy released his first official music video for his song "Look at Me", as well as sharing a music video with his song " Riot ".
Yes, I'm quitting—I don't know for how long, but I'm just not going to make music right now. Onfroy previewed new music on November 2, , signaling a return to making music. On June 22, , Onfroy began to use his long-time YouTube channel "xxxtentacion" now stylized in all caps , previously used to upload music, to upload gaming videos and vlogs.
The video included Onfroy donating musical instruments, video game consoles, and other gifts to a foster home. Onfroy released his first single of on February 2, titled "Shining Like the Northstar". Onfroy announced the release date for his second studio album,? A reworking of " Sunlight on Your Skin " made by Makonnen and Peep, the new version features verses by Onfroy that he recorded after Peep's death to pay tribute to Peep. On September 27, , Kanye West announced Onfroy will be a featured artist on his ninth studio album, Yandhi.
Onfroy was featured on the song, " Don't Cry ". On October 22, , Onfroy's manager Soloman Sobande stated in an interview with Billboard that Onfroy's third album would come "very soon" and that he had more than two album's worth of material. On November 8, , the release date for Onfroy's first posthumous album and his third studio album, Skins , was announced as being given a December 7, The dance-hall inspired  track was the first song released from the album, Bad Vibes Forever , which released in Fall, The fourth and final studio album was released on December 6, XXXTentacion's music explored a wide variety of genres, including emo ,  trap , lo-fi , indie rock ,  punk rock ,  nu metal  and hip hop.
I'm more inspired by artists in other genres besides rap. XXXTentacion generally changed his vocal style depending on the type of song he was performing on. His vocal style has been described as displaying "emotional vulnerability" on much more depressing tracks  and as replicating screaming on much more aggressive tracks. Onfroy was generally considered a controversial figure within the hip-hop industry due to assaulting fans,  public feuds with other artists,  and general social media scandals.
On August 24, , a day before the release of his debut album, 17 , Onfroy uploaded a video to the social media platform Instagram of him depicting the act of suicide by hanging. Onfroy uploaded a music video to YouTube for his song "Riot" after sharing a music video for his on September 12, The controversial scene portrays him placing a noose around the neck of a white child then hanging him representing lynching.
The child's mother originally was anxious about the scene but said she was fine with the message being portrayed. Onfroy announced he was retiring from producing music on October 27, It was a lack of appreciation on his end, not because of me, I guess just from a business perspective. But he put a business perspective before a personal relationship, and I've been with him as a friend and as a brother for a very long time.
I mean, it's just on some other shit to be honest. It's not on anything I've done wrong. I can't even say I've done anything to him, and I wouldn't go on the Internet and express that if I didn't care about the relationship, but you already know how it goes. They use you to where they wanna go and then part ways. And I've been used a lot if you haven't noticed. Ski Mask replied shortly afterward, using Instagram's story feature, "[I'll] always love that alien-looking nigga named XXX, but I have to distance myself because it's like nobody would see me as an individual rapper if I don't, on top of that, that nigga crazy as hell", Ski Mask then went on to post a much more intense version of the story, claiming that Onfroy threatened his family.
Later, during Rolling Loud in Miami in , they reunited, ending the feud. Ugly God later clarified there was no feud between them. Drake also denied knowing him and said that he only heard about him regarding rumors circulated following the "KMT" snippet. Rapper Offset from the hip-hop group Migos used Instagram's livestream feature to verbally attack Onfroy, further escalating the feud. On November 14, Onfroy posted on his Instagram story accusing rap group Migos of attacking him and pointing a firearm at him due to his former issues with Drake.
Spotify stated, "We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values". On March 26, , following Onfroy's release from jail, he set up a surprise concert that was arranged for April 7 in Miami.
However, before he arrived, a riot broke out. Police eventually escorted Onfroy out and closed the show down. During a concert in San Diego in June , a physical altercation occurred, which led to Onfroy being knocked unconscious    and an audience member being stabbed,  though the injury was non-life-threatening.
He claimed this was in self-defense , as he had requested that no one in the audience touch him, warning that he would punch them if they did. The concert was canceled at the last minute, which led to hundreds of fans flooding the streets and nearly starting a riot. Following the release of Onfroy's 17 album, a free concert was announced to take place at the Orpheum in Tampa, Florida , on September 2, Onfroy was involved in another brawl with a fan during California's Rolling Loud Festival on October 23, Onfroy announced on Instagram that the fight was purely self-defense before any video of the altercation was uploaded.
In , Onfroy was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. Charges which Onfroy said, would have had a sentence of 5—10 years in prison. In July , he was arrested and charged with robbery , assault with a deadly weapon and home invasion.
His trial for aggravated battery of a pregnant victim was originally going to take place in May and was pushed back several times, and was set to take place on October 5, Onfroy's trial was delayed again after an affidavit was filed asking for the charges to be "completely dropped".
In reaction, the prosecution moved to split the case into two, with witness tampering charges filed against Onfroy and a new trial date announced for December 15, Onfroy pleaded not guilty on December 14, , and was taken into pretrial custody after a motion was filed by the prosecution on the grounds of Onfroy having violated his bond.
Shortly after being released from house arrest, a Snapchat video surfaced of Onfroy hitting a woman in On October 23, , Pitchfork released secretly recorded audio of Onfroy talking with acquaintances around the time of his October 8, , arrest.
In the recording, he allegedly confessed to domestic violence, and described an incident in which he stabbed nine people. Onfroy had two half siblings — an older sister named Ariana and a younger brother named Aiden. Onfroy's ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala has accused Onfroy of torturous abuse. According to Ayala's statement, Onfroy beat her at times, choked her, broke clothes hangers on her legs, threatened to chop off her hair or cut out her tongue, pressed knives or scissors to her face, and held her head underwater in their bathroom while promising to drown her.
Onfroy later repaired the phone. Onfroy was lightly dragging the tool against her inner thigh when she passed out; he did not penetrate her with it. Ayala said he used to fill a bathtub with water then fetch the microwave and dangle it over, threatening to let go. Another time he reportedly dangled himself from a 12th-story balcony by his legs and threatened suicide again. Around January , Onfroy entered a relationship with Jenesis Sanchez.
Two armed men exited the SUV and approached the rapper while he was sitting in the driver's seat. The shooters fled the scene in their SUV and Onfroy was transported by paramedics to the nearby Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, where he was pronounced dead. Held in the Broward County jail, he is charged with first degree murder without premeditation. In his will, Onfroy named his mother Cleopatra and brother Aiden as the sole beneficiaries of his estate. Onfroy's future child, with whom his girlfriend at the time of his death was pregnant, was not named in the will as it was written before the pregnancy.
XXXTentacion music was driven on themes revolving around depression and alienation ,  becoming known for his "depressing, and at times devastating"  music that brought attention to mental health.
Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone opined that XXXTentacion's success as "a zeitgeist-grabbing, industry-defying, boundary-destroying phenomenon" is "overshadowed" by his reported abuse of his ex-girlfriend, and the latter is the focus of his life story.
Nonetheless, he contended that despite media attempts to suppress him, XXXTentacion's "impact on music will be felt for years to come" and his recordings have "helped signal a new era of post-streaming, post-genre teenagers".
Highlighting his ambivalent public reception during his short career, Billboard wrote:. XXX's short career was characterized by both in equal measure-making the Florida rapper a martyr to a legion of fans and a cautionary tale to so many others.
On June 18, , exactly one year on from XXXTentacion's death, an official documentary on his life was announced; it will feature footage of Onfroy from around April telling biographical details.