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XXXTentacion and the problem of separating art from its artist



  XXXTentacion wears a half-black, half-white mask

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XXXTentacion has reached its highest position in the official British ranking, rising to fifth place with its track Sad.

The 20-year-old was shot dead in his car in Florida on June 1

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Radio 1 has not played XXXTentacion on its official chart show, although it currently has three songs in the UK Top 40: Changes (22) Moonlight (17) and Sad

The rapper has topped the US Billboard charts since his death amidst a stream of tributes from big stars like Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Meek Mill.

His private life – perhaps better known than his music – makes him extremely controversial.

To his listening music he seems to open up and pour his heart and mind into his lyrics until he has nothing left.

It's extremely dark – with issues like depression, loneliness, abandonment and suicide.

The genre of Souncloud Rap does not quite sum up its sound – it's probably better than describing Emo Rap.

You can hear influences like Linkin Park, Nirvana and his contemporaries Lil Uzi Vert.

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The XXXTentacion family collects items from a makeshift memorial outside its funeral

XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was also ineffably violent, controlling and abusive.

He beat his cellmate into juvenile detention because he considered him gay.

A year later, he was back in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery

Then in 2016, he was accused of being verbally abused by his then girlfriend, facing charges of aggravating the battery of a pregnant woman and imprisonment.

How should he be remembered? As a young, restless genius too early or as a violent offender who has not earned his fame

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It's an age-old question: Can we enjoy X's music while learning? What kind of person he was – can we separate the art from the artist?

Radio 1 never had the Florida artist on its playlist.

Spotify has moved back and forth on this issue.

In May The company removed artists like XXXTentacion and R Kelly from its playlists under a new hate content and hate behavior policy.

In June, the decision was reversed after public reviews by artists like Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.

After Xs death, the streaming service began to promote his music and added some tracks to RapCaviar, an influential playlist. [19659005] This in turn provoked a backlash by some users who saw Spotify as the artist's death.

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The indecision shows that the struggle between artist and artist is still going on. MeToo movement

And it's not new.

When X was approached by a New York Times journalist for commenting on the Spotify decision in May, they responded with a number of musicians allegedly in the past (and

In an article on Onfroy's death, The Guardian makes an important distinction: "Unlike other artists whose violence against women became known once they were already stars, it was Onfroy's detention for the domestic violence field that has helped to establish his fame."

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Louis Theroux – An unlikely voice in the debate

The debate was also sparked by an unlikely source: Louis Theroux

The documentary tweeted about X's death (he lamented the loss of art and not the artist).

After looking at his original tweet in more detail, he clarified his thoughts.

In the end, all we really can ask is for deeper reflection and reflection on who to put on a pedestal?

XXXTentacion's dreadful actions are obviously unjustifiable.

But it's doubtful that the fans identify with it – it's rather the soft, emotional, open lyrics that resonate.

It can take a long time to come to a conclusion. But at least the question of art versus artist deserves much thought.

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