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The Complicated Life and Death of XXXTentacion

The cruel figure he played on the harsher records in his short catalogue lined up with violence he encouraged and visited on others in real life.
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The New Wave of Rap Violence Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Young artists like XXXTentacion, Kodak Black, and Tay-K are making popular music, but their real-life violent actions can’t just be glossed over.
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The Complete History of XXXTentacion’s Controversial Career

The musician underwent a tumultuous series of legal problems and big-money label deals prior to his murder.
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