More information comes posthumously of XXXTentacion and his troubling past. The rising star was charged by the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering for a domestic violence incident that occurred in 2016. Prior to his death, he maintained his innocence and pled not guilty to all charges. Now, Pitch fork has obtained secretly recorded audio of XXX talking with friends around the time of his October 2016 arrest and the dialogue is pretty intense.
In the recording, he described why his then-girlfriend was afraid of him as well as mentioned his involvement in a Deerfield Beach stabbing incident. The full audio is 27 minutes long and was released by Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office.
XXXTentacion is heard in the recording speaking to acquaintances (whose identities have not been released) about his girlfriend, who he believed was cheating on him. He can be heard stating, “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 f*cking her up bruh. I started f*cking 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.”
He then spoke about a stabbing in Deerfield Beach, FL. That particular incident remained unsolved in Broward County but the Sheriff’s office did have a witness report from the incident stating that a witness “saw an unknown black male with tattoos on his face swinging a knife in multiple directions.” In the audio recording, XXX said, “I’m on [Miami] New Times for stabbing, how many people they put in the news? They said three, it was eight.”
One piece of the recording gave a bit of insight about his past and the bleakness of his music. He said, “You ever seen somebody get their tongue cut out? You ever seen somebody get raped? You ever seen somebody try to kill your mom in front of you?” he asked one of the acquaintances in the audio. The statements could be viewed as his way of explaining how events he witnessed in his life affected his own violent behavior. “Every night you go to sleep and you remember what you seen and you remember how it felt and you remember that horrible feeling in your soul. Nobody can comfort you. It’s something I gotta deal with.”
It’s been 5 months since the unfortunate passing of XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy. How do you feel about the release of the recordings? Does it affect his legacy? Speak on it!