General Facts about XXXTentacion
- Full Name: Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy
- Born on: 23rd January 1998
- Died on: 18th June 2018
- Place of Birth: Plantation, Florida
- Star Sign: Aquarius
- Nationality: American
- Occupation: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
- Net worth: $5 Million (before his death)
- Marital Status: He was in a relationship with Jenesis Sanchez
Jahseh, popularly known as XXXTentacion, was a controversial rapper who had a huge fan base for his eclectic music, from indie rock to R&B.
His Family & Education Background
He was born in January 1998 in Plantation, Florida, and he grew up in Lauderhill. His parents, Dwayne and Cleopatra, are Jamaican, and he alleged he could also trace his ancestry to Italy, Syria, Egypt, and India.
His father, a Rastafarian, gave him the name Jahseh, which is the title of one of Bob Marley’s songs.
He grew up alongside a sister and a brother and lived with his grandmother for most of his younger years. His father was jailed for nine years from 2008, and he was deported to Jamaica around 2016.
Jahseh went to Margate Middle School, but the school expelled him for attacking a schoolmate.
His mother then took him to Sheridan House Family Ministries, where he spent six months and learned how to play instruments like the guitar. He later joined Piper High School, but he left in 10th grade.
His Career Background
In 2014, soon after his incarceration as a juvenile for gun possession, Jahseh started writing songs. He then joined SoundCloud and would record his songs in a unique, unfamiliar rap style and rap about provocative messages and topics such as violence.
He then joined a group of rappers founded by Ski Mask, whom he had met in prison. However, he left and founded his group called Members Only. Ski Mask also joined this group.
The following year, 2015, Jahseh recorded two songs with Ski Mask. However, in November of the same year, he was charged with several crimes like assault and robbery, but he was not detained.
In 2016, as his music career grew, he met his ex-girlfriend, Geneva Ayala, and the two moved to Orlando.
Around November of 2016, he was arrested for the assault and robbery charges of 2015, and he agreed to house arrest.
He was soon arrested again for battering Geneva after months of domestic violence that culminated with him locking her up in a new apartment and taking away her phone.
While in prison, his first song, Look at Me, got international attention. He received several contracts from record label scouts, so he took Soloman Sobande onboard as his manager and signed a deal with Empire Distribution.
When he was released from jail in April 2017, he added a few more songs to SoundCloud and planned a nationwide tour. Even though the tour’s last event took place, he canceled most of the dates because of issues of insecurity and lawlessness.
For instance, he punched a fan, fell off the stage in a brawl, and a fan was stabbed. He also planned a concert in Miami, but it was canceled before his performance because of a riot.
In December 2017, he was arrested again for new charges while still facing the abuse charges. Though his ex-girlfriend dropped the abuse case, but he was detained for the new charges and put under house arrest until March 2018.
Jahseh’s first album was so popular that it became a double-platinum album in the US and won the 2018 America Music Awards in the Favorite Album – Soul/R&B category. Additionally, BET Hip-Hop Awards crowned him the Best New Hip Hop Artist.
His second album did not perform any lower because it was number one on Billboard 200. This second album’s lead song, titled Sad!, was a hit on Billboard Hot 100. He has two posthumous albums.
He was shot in a robbery on 18th June 2018 in Florida and succumbed shortly after. The then 20-year-old had just left a motorcycle dealership when two suspected robbers blocked his exit, reached into his car, stole a bag with $50,000, and shot him. The robbers then drove off in an SUV.
According to his will, Jahseh left his estate to his mother and brother. Though he learned that his girlfriend, Jenesis, was pregnant weeks before his death, he had not changed his will to include his unborn child. Therefore, his son, Gekyume Onfroy, was not in his will.
He had two funeral services: the first one took place in Sunrise, Florida, where his fans attended, and the second service was private. His body was laid to rest in a mausoleum in Boca Raton, Florida.
In conclusion, Jahseh was a controversial rapper who openly talked about his depression and his talent connected with trap music fans.