XXXTentacion 'confessed in secret recording'

By: bbc/wikipedia
XXXTentacion
The late rapper XXXTentacion

The late rapper, XXXTentacion who was murdered in Miami this summer, appears to admit committing assault, domestic abuse and stabbing eight people in a secret recording obtained by US publication Pitchfork.

Before his death, the 20-year-old XXXTentacion was facing charges of beating and threatening his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

On the new recording, which was reportedly taken from the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, the rapper is apparently heard saying: “I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right?

“But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started [messing] her up bruh. I started [messing] her up because she made one mistake.

"And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.”

Earlier this month, XXXTentacion received a posthumous honour at the BET Hip Hop Awards, winning Best New Hip Hop Artist, and earlier picked up Favourite Soul/R&B Album at the American Music Awards.

His awards were accepted by his mother Cleopatra Bernard (pictured above).

Her son will be ineligible for the same award at next year's Grammys, as his debut album 17 was released shortly outside of the eligibility period.

Real name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, XXXTentacion was born on January 23, 1998 in Plantation, Florida to Jamaican parents, Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard. He had three siblings with one being half, shared paternally.

He began writing music after being released from a Juvenile Detention Centre and released his first song on SoundCloud in June 2013, titled News/Flock. He was a popular figure in SoundCloud rap, a trap scene that takes elements of lo-fi music and harsh 808s.

XXXTentacion rose to fame with the release of his song Look At Me. He released his debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billbord 200, selling 86,000 album-equivalent units the first week.

The album received a positive response from critics, some of which lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style.

On August 15, 2018, 17 was certified Platinum by the Recording Industy Association of America (RIAA).

XXXTentacion's second album was released on March 16, 2018. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its singles Sad, Changes and Moonlight  all reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The album was certified "Platinum" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 7, 2018.