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Teenage rap sensation XXXTentacion brutally murdered

US rapper, XXXTentacion, has been shot dead. He was born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy. The 20-year-old rapper was gunned down outside a motorcycle dealership

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US rapper, XXXTentacion, has been shot dead. He was born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy. The 20-year-old rapper was gunned down outside a motorcycle dealership.

XXXTentacion first began making music as a teenager, uploading his first track to SoundCloud in 2014, titled “Vice City.” He continued releasing music independently and collaborating with fellow rapper Ski Mask the Slump God.

On December 30, 2015, XXXTentacion released “Look at Me!,” which would eventually become his breakout hit—but not before the rapper was arrested in October 2016 on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.

As XXXTentacion spent time behind bars, his popularity surged. On February 14, 2017, “Look at Me!” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 95; the following week, XXX rereleased the song through Empire Distribution. The track would ultimately peak at No. 34 on the Hot 100 and help usher “SoundCloud rap”—a hyper-distorted, lo-fi subgenre—into the mainstream.

In March 2017, XXX was released from jail on probation. That May, he released his debut mixtape, Revenge, via Empire. Despite receiving little promotion, the collection still peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The rapper appeared on XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class cover the following month, winning the fan-voted “10th Spot” by a landslide. It foreshadowed the massive commercial success he would soon experience.

On August 25, 2017, XXXTentacion released his debut studio album, 17. The album was an immediate hit, debuting and peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earning praise from Kendrick Lamar. The following month, Pitchfork shared graphic excerpts of XXXTentacion’s ex-girlfriend’s testimony. She alleged multiple incidents of violence, including one where the rapper “head-butted her, punched her, stomped on her, and put her in the bathtub, where he continued hitting and kicking her.” His October 5 domestic abuse trial was postponed until December 11.

In December, XXXTentacion was jailed ahead of his trial; he was subsequently released and put on house arrest with permission from the judge to visit a local studio to fulfill his contractual obligations. The rapper kept a relatively low profile at the beginning of 2018, releasing his sophomore album, on March 16 through his own label, Bad Vibes Forever.

Last month, Spotify announced it would remove XXXTentacion’s music from its curated playlists as part of its new hate content and hateful conduct policy. The policy faced criticism from fans and other artists, who accused it of being too vague and selective. Spotify subsequently dropped the policy, and fans continued to stream XXXTentacion like crazy. His song “Jocelyn Flores” boasts more than 367 million Spotify streams, and “Sad!” has more than 270 million.

Over the course of his brief career, XXXTentacion continually defied music media’s traditional gatekeepers and attracted hordes of fans despite—or perhaps because of—the controversy surrounding him. In December, he said he planned to release three albums in 2018, titled, Skins and Bad Vibes Forever.

It is not yet known if the latter two albums will see a posthumous release.

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Nigerian music star, Skales, storms Uganda for Jameson & Friends event

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Nigerian music star, Skales, is currently in Uganda where he is billed to perform on Sunday evening at the first edition of the Jameson & Friends event at Motiv.

The event hosted by Talent Africa, will also feature performances from Ugandan fast-rising multi-talented RnB and afro-pop artiste Joshua Baraka who recently released his EP dubbed Watershed alongside DJ Kas Baby, DJ Vee, and DJ Tony, according to a programme of event released by the organisers.

“There will also be games and a live world cup screening on giant screens,” the organisers said.

“Listed to be a monthly event, this is a lifestyle experience, where friends meet, make new friends enjoy good music, tasty BBQ, and smooth whiskey.

“This is, however, not the first time Skales is performing in Uganda. His debut concert was back in 2017 at the Silver Springs poolside before headlining the 23rd edition of Blankets and Wine held at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala on August 25, 2019.

“His love for Uganda does not stop there, he also has several songs with Ugandan artistes including ‘One by One’ with Cindy, ‘Olina Work’ Rmx, Bomblast with Beenie Gunter), ‘Pon Mi’ Rmx with Beenie Gunter, Roja and SlickStuart as well as ‘You Know Why’ alongside Zulitums,” they added.

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Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, arrested for possession of drugs

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Popular Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby was on Friday, arrested at the Cairo International Airport for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

Local news outlet, Shourouk TV, reports that Shalaby was arrested after security agents found 12 bags of sweets stuffed with marijuana in her possession as she returned to Egypt from New York.

The news outlet added that after her arrest, Shalaby was then referred to the El Nozha Public Prosecution and that an investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Egyptian customs officials say a report has been filed against the actress while she will remain at the airport until investigations are finalised.

Shalaby who is one of Egypt’s biggest actresses, started her acting career in 2001 and has starred in several movies and TV productions.

She was the first Egyptian Actress to be nominated for the Emmy Awards and with over three million followers on Instagram, Shalaby enjoys large popularity among Egypt’s top TV stars.

According Egyptian narcotic laws, cannabis possession is punishable with a minimum of one year in prison plus a fine of at least 1,000 Egyptian pounds or both.

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