XXXTentacion signed $10 million deal before death

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 28, 2018

XXXTentacion, the rapper who was killed in Florida on June 18, had signed a $10 milllion record deal with Empire to release his next album.

XXXTentacion, the rapper who was killed in Florida on June 18, had signed a $10 milllion record deal with Empire to release his next album, according to theNew York Times.

According to Ghazi Shami, Empire's founder, there is a significant amount of material with which to make a posthumous album. Due to a clause in XXXTentacion's last record contract with a distribution unit of Universal Music Group, Empire may be unable to release the posthumous album until at least October 2018.
Born Jahseh Onfroy, the rapper released two full-length albums, several mixtapes, and a number of one-off songs before his death at age 20.

His arrest for false imprisonment and battery of his pregnant ex-girlfriend in 2016 led to Spotify's decision to remove XXXTentacion's music from its curated playlists under its "hateful conduct" policy earlier this year, Variety reported. The policy was later suspended, and both of XXXTentacion's albums returned to the Billboard 200 as a result. He currently has more than 380 million total streams on Spotify.

XXXTentacion was always aware of his streaming numbers, according to Shami, in part because he began his career by uploading his own music to SoundCloud without the help or hindrance of traditional record companies.

XXXTentacion died on June 18 after he was shot while leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla. as part of a possible robbery, according to investigators. His open-casket viewing and memorial took place on June 27 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and thousands of mourners attended

 

 

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