MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Kanye West surprised fans with a tribute honoring late rapper XXXTentacion during Art Basel and jumped onto the stage to hear a brand-new song featuring West and the rapper were previously shot in Florida year.
During the Thursday evening release party for XXXTentacion's first posthumous album "Skins" on RC Cola Plant, the entire album was played through first. When it played a second time, West abruptly stepped on the stage to play "One Minute," and the audience roared. An animated video for the song was also played in the background. West also briefly brought the late rapper-mother Cleopatra Bernard on stage.
Several other rappers, including Lil Wayne, Trippie Redd and PNB Rock, also paid tribute to the young rapper. Wayne gave an emotional performance of her song "Don & # 39; t Cry" and the crowd sang XXXTentacions part. Many in the audience were whiny.
The 20-year-old rap star, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was fatally shot while leaving a motorcycle shop in June. Officials said a fight ensued when the rapper's sports car was blocked by another vehicle, two masked gunmen approached and shot XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-lake-yawn) several times. The gunmen fled with a $ 50,000 Louis Vuitton bag.
XXXTentacion, who wore dreadlocks and facial tattoos, was a rising star of platinum who tackled issues like prejudice and depression in his songs. He also criticized poor behavior and multiple arrests, including the charges that he had severely beaten and abused his girlfriend.
His music got a huge boost after his death.
His album was one of the five most streamed Apple music songs in 201
His manager Solomon Sobande described Thursday's album as a "triumphant" evening for longtime fans who see "heroes on a major" scale was accepted as a pop superstar that he is.
Although it was "bittersweet," Sobande said it was "a reminder that his message, his music, everything he did not go, did not go anywhere, but would live on. "