The life and death of Jahseh Onfroy

The Manifesto of XXXTENTACION

Joseph Mayuyo

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I was not a fan of the late XXXTENTACION when he was alive. I was aware of his presence in the music industry. I thought he was just like all the mumble rappers during the rise of that sub-genre of rap music. I did not pay any attention to him just as much as I dismissed the music of Lil Pump, Tekashi69, and Lil Xan, to name a few. I only began studying X after watching his documentary.

Surprisingly, I came across his story a few weeks ago. I was downstairs looking for something inspiring to watch. I got tired of watching Forensic Files. I snuck into my sister’s Hulu account. Maybe I will find something here that is not on YouTube or Netflix. I made my subaccount and immediately suggested watching a documentary called “Look At Me: XXXTENTACION.” It is exclusive to Hulu, though many clips in the documentary float around the internet today.

We will not go over any basic facts because this is not that kind of article. I’m reading conspiracy theories about X’s death; it saddens me that we human beings lack death etiquette. It only makes sense.

After all, most of us do not understand life. I hope to make this brief analysis of Jahseh’s life accurate as I assume the responsibility and sensitivity surrounding this topic because of his fanbase. X’s story is nearly universal. Anyone of us that suffers from any form of trauma, especially if it links back to childhood, can relate to Jahseh’s story.

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Cleopatra, X’s mom, gives birth to Jahseh at the age of seventeen. Who would have known that X would only live twenty years on this Earth? I believe the last five years of his life were filled with the best and worst moments of his life. Much of his work correlates with actual events that happened in his life. Twenty years young, X’s untimely and prophetic death still hurts many of us today.

Many rappers prophesize their end, but what separates X from any other artist is; the knowledge of when and where he would succumb to the inevitable. In an old No Jumper Podcast video, X called in and Facetimed the host, Adam Grandmaison.

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Joseph Mayuyo

I write about being a functional addict in dysfunctional relationships. Living in a world that wasn’t created for us to thrive, I write to keep us alive. #Hope