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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 singer Banky W survives fourth cancer surgery

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Nigerian singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, says he remains grateful to God after he successfully underwent and survived a fourth surgery for skin cancer.

The singer who is now a pastor, who made this known via his Instagram page, said he decided to share the testimony online to encourage others who are passing through tough challenges in life.

“Final Score Christ 4 Cancer Tumors 0,” he wrote with a video of the surgery process to go with the post.

“Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come… He promised that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.”

In another thread, Banky W appreciated his wife, family, friends, pastors, and doctors for their “love, prayers, and support”.

“We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name,” going on to reveal that he treated a rare strain of skin cancer which resurfaced after it first appeared 10 years earlier before the disease escalated and spread to other parts of his body requiring surgeries at different stages.

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Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui found dead on Mt Everest

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A veteran Kenyan mountaineer, Cheruiyot Kirui, who had climbed the Mount Everest over 15 times was on Thursday afternoon found dead a day after he was declared missing.

The 40-year-old Kirui, who was a banker, was on Wednesday declared missing along with a Nepali climber, Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown.

According to Everest Chronicles, Kirui’s body was found near the summit of the Mount Everest.

The Everest Chronicles said the research and rescue team deployed by Seven Summit Treks found the body of Kirui in the stretch between the summit and the Hilary Step, while his climbing guide, Sherpa 44, remains missing, after the duo had been out of contact since late Tuesday.

“With profound sadness, we share the news of Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui’s passing on Mt Everest. His body was found a few meters below the summit point of Mt Everest,” the tabloid said in a statement.

“He was accompanied by a Nepali climber Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown.

“His indomitable will and passion for mountaineering will forever be an inspiration. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this time of sorrow.”

Reports say Kirui was on a daring mission to reach the summit of Mt Everest, without supplementary oxygen.

“Cheruiyot was a banker. He had climbed to the peak of Mt Kenya, 15 times.

Earlier, officials had said that the research and rescue team had found two bodies but it turned out to be a miscommunication.

Khimlal Gautam, Chief of the Expedition Monitoring and Facilitation Field Office of the Department of Tourism at the base camp, said:

“We have received a report that the research and rescue team have found the body of the Kenyan climber, while his guide remains missing. The search for him is going on.

“Sherpa rescuers recovered Kirui’s body at about 19 metres (62 feet) below the 8,849-metre peak, Nepal’s Department of Tourism also said in a statement.

The death of Kirui, brings the total fatalities on Mount Everest to about 335 deaths records out of 7000 climbers over the years.

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