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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 singing sensations, Wizkid, Tems, win 2022 BET Awards

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Nigerian music stars, Ayo Balogun and Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Wizkid and Tems respectively, were the biggest African winners at the 2022 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony, an annual award event to celebrate black excellence in music, culture and sports, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, in the early hours of Monday.

The talented Nigerian songstress won in the Best International Act category, beating compatriot Fireboy, Dave from the UK, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France, to clinch the coveted award.

While receiving the award, Tems, an advocate of women and girls’ rights, urged women to continue on their chosen path, as hard work usually pays off in the end.

“Thank you so much for this, thank you so much. It’s an honour… I mean, this is my first award show that I’m winning something and I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen,” the elated Tems said.

Wizkid also made history at the 2022 BET Awards when his super single ‘Essence,’ featuring Tems and Justin Bieber, won the Best Collaboration award and with that win, ‘Essence’ has become the first African song to win a BET Award, also making Wizkid the first Nigerian and African to win an award outside the Best International Acts category.

‘Essence’ dusted other songs in the category like ‘Every Change I Get’ by DJ Khaled ft Lil baby and Lil Durk; ‘Family Ties’ by Baby Seem ft Kenderick Lamar; ‘Whole Lotta’ by Bia ft Nicki Minaj; ‘Way 2 Sexy’, Drake ft Future and Young Thug, and ‘Kiss me More’ by Doja Cat ft SZA, to clinch the award.

Wizkid had previously won the BET Award when he featured on Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl.”

Before the win by Tems, other Nigerian acts who have won awards in the Best International Act include 2Baba, D’banj, Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy.

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Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel’s Buga video breaks new bounds, hits 3.6 million views on YouTube in 48 hours

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Nigerian songwriter and music sensation, Daniel Anidugbe, popularly known as Kizz Daniel, has set a new record after the video of his successful single, ‘Buga,’ hit 3.6 million YouTube views just 48 hours after it was released.

The success of the video on streaming platforms also revealed that it had raked in excess of over N2.5 million during the same period while also trending at number two for music on the streaming platform.

The Buga music video was also the first from Africa to hit two million streams in 24 hours of its release on Thursday, according to music aficionados in the country.

Kizz Daniel who announced the release of the visual of the song on his verified Instagram page on Thursday, later took to the platform to share the good news.

“Wow!! 2m in 24hrs THANK YOU WORLD VA’22 #BUGA,” he wrote.

Before the release of the Buga video, Kizz Daniel had also announced that the audio of the song which was released in May, had recorded 17 million views on TikTok.

The popular Buga song which which featured another Nigerian star, Tekno, is now a raging like wild fire across the country and is taking the music world by storm with different covers and challenges attributed to it.

The song is currently number 8 on the top 10 Billboard’s U.S Afrobeats Song Charts and also became the first song to hit 1 million streams within 24 hours on Boomplay.

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