Episode one who is the rapper from broward county

Not many people in the mainstream had heard of XXXTentacion before his death, but on social media channels and in the underground rap world he was on the forefront of internet rap’s new generation. He was a rising star whose mumble style resonated because of its subject matter which dealt with loneliness, depression, broken hearts, and suicide.

"I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so one day after I got out of jail, I told my mom, yo, music, music. . . I got locked up for a year; they sent me to a behavioral correction, which is a boot camp prison for kids. So they sent me for that (expletive) for nine months, no, wait I was in there for a year. I started writing in there I wrote this song News/Flock was my absolute first song and my best as far as storytelling and then I got locked up."


"Charges against Mr. Onfroy were dismissed as a result of his death. Without a living defendant, those charges cannot be prosecuted as his absence was involuntary and permanent. Probation in Broward and the Aggravated Assault and multiple witness tampering charges in Miami-Dade, all of which were nearing favorable resolution in our many discussions with the State Attorney in Miami-Dade, were all dismissed permanently for those reasons.

Record producer and family friend Jon "FX" Crawford says X "the Helping Hand Project was something genuinely that he was interested in. Giving to people. He’s a giver. He loves to give. Anyone. That’s who he is. The more he started to give the more it started to have an impact on him and having all the attention with the music, what is it that he could do more in a positive light. And that’s what we would speak about," Crawford says. "The sound of music certain instruments that could evoke a certain vibe. A certain good vibe. Good energy."

"There is an old Jamaican saying, they say, ‘what is in the blood is in the bones.’ Crazy enough his mom was talented, but she never pursued it. Now, on my side of the family, my father is a singer and a writer. My father is a Rastafarian, and my brother has writing what you call a rap reggae artist, so music has been in the family. I have cousins who sing. So, I’m assuming that’s partially where it came from. There was always music in the family. I dabbled in artist management and producing in my earlier years. And that’s about it.

"He started rapping for me when I was incarcerated, about when he was age 14, a couple years before I got home. We would converse, we would talk about different. He says, ‘I’m pursuing music now.’ I’d say what are you a rapper? And he says, ‘no, Dad, I’m not a rapper. What I do you can’t consider it rap.’ I’d say ‘what do you mean,’ He’d call it spitting. He started rapping for me on the phone. I had goosebumps. He was about 14. And inside my dorm or where I was at they would listen to it, and said ‘Who is this?’ And I would say, that’s my son. I’d say Jahseh, it’s not a question if you’re going to be successful, and it’s what you’re going to do with your success. I said the world is going to be watching you. I know you’re going to be successful, but it’s how are you going to handle your success.

"When it became real to me was that day. I knew he was huge. If you are big as an artist, your song has to be played on the radio in Jamaica. Every big artist. You want to know how big an artist is? They start getting air play in Jamaica. You can get airplay in America, but if you’re not getting airplay constantly in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Trinidad whatever, yeah, you’re ok. So to hear my child, my seed, my son, the person who is wearing my face? The little baby, wiped his butt, cleaned his snot from his nose, the first day he learned to walk or went to school, to hear this person on the radio. It’s beyond a proud moment. And I couldn’t contain myself. So I put it on my Instagram feed. Before I put it on the Instagram feed, I made a video and I sent it to him. And he and I talked about it, and he said, ‘I’m glad you liked it.’ Then his fans who started following me made it viral. That’s what you call it, ‘viral?’

I didn’t have struggles with the law. I was never in and out of jail. That narrative is wrong. But I was incarcerated. I wasn’t in and out of jail. I went to jail for a long time. And that’s the reason I was out of my son’s life. That is in the past and that’s where I want to leave it. It wasn’t gun charges, it wasn’t robbery, I didn’t murder anyone. I am a Rastafarian, and as a result of living this life I got into things that your government would deem illegal. I sold marijuana."

"You have to understand. I’m the forgotten man. I’m the forgotten person in this picture. And if you do the right thing by me you’ll let people know that my son loved me and I loved my son. It wasn’t about his fame. It was about his being able to live out his dreams. And I’m proud of him for that. I’m proud of my child because of that. All he accomplished in a short period of time. My son is, and was, a beautiful soul, just a bit misguided. If he had the chance to get a little bit older you would have seen a better side of him. My son still has a lot more to offer. The beautiful thing is, he’s left me a grandchild."