Bradley Johnson, Contributor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Jahseh Dwanye Onfroy, better known as XXXTentacion, has made a name for himself for the past few years. Jahseh is an American rapper/singer from Laurder Hill, Florida. He is mostly known for his vulgar and distorted production.

Growing up, X didn’t have the easiest life. His mom couldn’t financially support him, and Dad was no where to be found; so X’s grandmother took him in. Jahseh was a troubled kid; he was expelled from middle school due to multiple physical altercations and dropped out of high school in the 10th grade.

X’s grandmother persuaded him to start attending school and church choir where he began to take an interest in creating his own music. Eventually he was kicked out from attacking other students, but he kept the interest of music. X had a wide variety of music influences. He listened to the classic Tupac, and Notorious Big, but he also enjoyed the rock style of Nirvana and Three Days Grace.

Unlike many of the other rappers in his competition, this variety in tone with his songs sets him apart from everyone. Being in and out of prison, X found many different people with very similar goals in music as him. One specific person he met was Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, also known as Ski Mask the Slump God. X and Ski Mask started to combine their music and eventually started to get really popular on soundcloud with songs like TAKE A STEP BACK and Brolly.