XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida earlier today. In the wake of his tragic death, the rapper’s peers have taken to social media to mourn his loss and reflect on his legacy.
Kanye West remembered the 20-year-old MC as an inspiration. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here,” wrote Ye. “thank you for existing.”
J. Cole also paid homage to the “Look at Me!” hitmaker. “This got me fucked up. RIP X,” he tweeted. “Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”
Tyga was overcome with emotions as he recalled a life taken too soon. “nothing is worth losing your life. I’m really sad about this and hurt how things have changed,” he said. “so many new young good artist that need to realise their platform and influence. We gotta do better as a culture. We gotta come together and set better examples. We got to many young people that idolise us as artist. I want my son to grow up with the right influences and a positive outlook on life.”
Azealia Banks empathized with the controversial rapper’s desire to become a better person. “We never had any interaction but I’ve watched you from afar and always saw a lot of myself in you. I saw someone who made mistakes in the past but had a genuine desire to change and be better,” she said. “When you started spreading positivity and bettering yourself it inspired me to do the same. I’m sorry there were some people who didn’t want to give you a chance to change.”
Others including Big Sean, Chris Brown, Pusha-T, and T-Pain also sent their thoughts and prayers to X and his family. See some of the heartfelt messages below.
rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏 I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing pic.twitter.com/QU7DR3Ghbw
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 18, 2018
This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 18, 2018
My heart dropped when I heard about @xxxtentacion, I feel like we only got to see a glimpse of his artistry. I didn’t know him personally but I respect how passionate he was about his music and message. Nobody deserves this kind of ending. gone too soon, damn! RIP
— Sean Don (@BigSean) June 19, 2018
Really sad Rip xxx.. so sad to lose good artist. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— T-Raww (@Tyga) June 18, 2018
I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most fucking talented of our time 💔💔💔
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 18, 2018
Man, damn X. 😔 you JUST turned it around brother. Senseless bro. No reason. We gotta do better man.
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) June 18, 2018
NEVER MET YOU G’Z BUT THIS IS CRAZY , R.I.P XXX 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/RB6zv2XaDD
— Mike WiLL Made It 🦍 (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) June 18, 2018
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Murdered at 20 years old. So young. His untimely death truly saddens me & I’ve never met him. Though listening to his music told me a lot about him. At times he seemed very depressed & confused about life as we all are (were) at a young age… other times he was very happy & an open book for his fans. That to me has always been the way of a true hip hop artist. He was a lot more talented than most knew from the music he leaves behind & there’s no doubt in my mind that he would’ve grown both musically & mentally from the few changes I’ve watch him make just over social media… He was very talented & could literally go in any direction on a beat & hold his own. More than not he talked about his death.. “If I die” “when I die” a lot but we’re all guilty of that as artists in some way shape or form & we as people are not anyone’s judge. We’re all down here under God living & learning everyday & none of us is or will ever be perfect. Our IMPERFECTIONS are what makes us beautiful. He made mistakes & was man enough at his young age to acknowledge, accept blame & try to change & offer his fans alternate solutions knowing that they too could be in need of guidance. That is what I respect. I pray for this new generation full of talented artist & kids alike. No matter the age difference or gap, we must understand that we are all on earth TOGETHER trying to enjoy life at whatever capacity that brings us joy. Yet & still, we are only HUMAN….. & this situation alone is saddening. A young man, both very wise & sometimes normally confused is taken away from his family, friends & fans before his life can run its full course. It’s like fuck…. As soon as you think life is okay, tragedy again plagues an already dark world. Take it day by day young world. The MASS AGENDA wants as many of us to die as young as possible so they can make money off your funeral & burial before it costs them to implement additional learning tools to ensure your education & survival. I love all of you & I UNDERSTAND you’re just trying to figure yourself out. WE ALL ARE #RestInParadise #XXX
I do not know this young man personally… My sons introduced me to his music a while ago and the first thing I asked was who was singing in one section & my sons said him… we listened for hours! Today another mother / father / family is devastated ! This has GOT to stop !! May peace be given to the hurting hearts of those who truly loved him♥️