XXXTentacion, a popular underground rapper who seemed to attract controversy wherever he went, was shot and killed during a robbery outside of a Florida motorcycle dealership in June. Prior to his untimely death, the 22-year-old born Jahseh Onfroy was knee-deep in controversy, having been accused of brutally abusing a former girlfriend: He was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering last February.
He pleaded not guilty, and accused his alleged victim of “lying” and “scamming” during an XXL interview. He was killed before he could stand trial.
But those assertions have come under fresh scrutiny following the release of 27 minutes of audio by the music website Pitchfork, which feature the rapper speaking candidly about his alleged crimes and admitting to a number of them.
In audio that was reportedly recorded in secret around the time of XXXTentacion’s October 8, 2016 arrest and obtained from the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, the rapper can be heard discussing with an unidentified party his abuse of a former girlfriend.
He reportedly remarked at one point, “I will kill that b---h if she play with me.”
“I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right? But she fell through on every occasion until now,” he said later, according to Pitchfork. “Until I started f--king her up bruh. I started f---ing 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.”
The rapper’s alleged victim detailed a vicious cycle of abuse in testimony obtained by Pitchfork last September.
He threatened to kill her “like every day,” she claimed. She also detailed a horrific incident during which XXXTentacion allegedly threatened to rape her with either a “barbecue pitchfork” or a “barbecue cleaner,” and told her to choose which one she would prefer; she passed out, and he reportedly did not carry out the threat.
The “SAD!” rapper also admitted in the recording to stabbing multiple people during a fight, referencing what Pitchfork identified as a violent altercation that took place in Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2016 and yielded no arrests.
“I’m on [Miami] New Times for stabbing, how many people they put in the news? They said three, it was eight. In Deerfield,” he reportedly said.
XXXTentacion referenced committing repeated acts of violence throughout the tape, and suggested that his ex-girlfriend witnessed many of them, which made her even more afraid.
“She know that. She’s seen this sh-t. She’s seen when I came back from stabbing [redacted] in Orlando,” he said, according to Pitchfork. “She seen when I came back. Had a brand new laptop. No tears on my face, no remorse. I just knew I was going to jail. She know. So she’s scared. She thinks I’m going to kill her.”
The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office told Pitchfork that the prosecution and XXXTentacion’s legal team both viewed the tape as a confession. However, prosecutors dropped charges against the rapper following his death.
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