The late rapper XXXTentacion‘s legacy is still living on after his untimely death. In the seven months since X (real name: Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) was murdered in a senseless robbery, his camp went on to posthumously release music on his behalf — and his latest is his new collab with hip-hop giant Lil Wayne, “Don’t Cry.” Now, on what would have been X’s 21st birthday, Wayne dropped the music video for the song and it features a touching tribute to X.
“Happy Birthday @xxxtentacion The World misses u [sic] slime. Don’t Kry [sic] Video out now. #RestInParadise #LongLiveX,” Wayne, 36, wrote in his announcement of the video’s release on Instagram.
Wayne raps on the track while X sings on the hook, and the video features previously recorded raw footage of X performing live in concert. At the end of the video, fans could be heard chanting, “Long live X.”
The “SAD!” rapper first rose to fame on SoundCloud after he started uploading his own original music on the on the streaming platform in 2013, and he quickly became one of the biggest names in the SoundCloud rap genre. His 2017 breakout single “Look at Me” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Even though his music career was highly regarded, his personal life was riddled with controversy.
X spent much of his teenage years in and out of juvenile detention centers and as he got older, he continued to have run-ins with the law. One of his most publicized cases was a 2016 domestic abuse case, in which X was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, who was later identified as his then-girlfriend Geneva Ayala.
The rapper was poised to become one of the biggest names in hip-hop when he was fatally shot while motorcycle shopping in South Florida in what law enforcement believes was a robbery. An investigation into X’s murder is still underway, and four people have since been arrested in connection to the crime, according to the Miami Herald.
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