Interest has surged in XXXTentacion’s music since the controversial rapper and singer was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting last week. His single “Sad!” jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for the week dated June 30.
The achievement puts XXXTentacion in good company. The last time a performer posthumously charted a No. 1 single was The Notorious B.I.G. with his 1997 song “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
“Sad!” appeared on X’s sophomore album “?,” and according to Nielsen Music (via Billboard), the track jumped 48.9 million streams in the week ending on June 21.
In addition, nine of his songs in all made their way onto the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with one track, “Hope,” making its debut on the Hot 100 chart.
According to Billboard, that makes him only the 12th solo rapper to have at least nine entries on the Billboard Hot 100 at once. He joins a list that includes Cardi B, Drake, Future, J. Cole, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Logic, Post Malone and Kanye West.
X’s “Sad!” earlier broke a record held by Taylor Swift for one-day Spotify streams. The streaming service had previously pulled his music from discoverable playlists as part of a policy against hateful conduct.
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot in a drive-by shooting on June 18 in South Florida at just 20 years old. He came to fame online by originally posting music to a SoundCloud account and via a YouTube channel. But the rapper became more well known for his litany of legal problems, including in 2014 being sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges, followed by being arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in 2016.
This kid was a genius . true artist. He made his own rules. He has his faults and we was willing to pay for his sins.. but he was young and he worked so hard on his own self . He wanted to be better. he loves everyone so much . He lived for every kid out here. He had the biggest imagination. He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album. I Invited him to La this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come 💛 . He used every second of his life to create . He reppped Florida to his core.. I love this kid . He was gonna do so much more he promised me 💔
rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏 I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing https://t.co/QU7DR3Ghbw
Man, damn X. 😔 you JUST turned it around brother. Senseless bro. No reason. We gotta do better man.
This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. Go… https://t.co/A4o6DaFbwl
I’ll never forget this night.You told me u hated industry shit but it was my friends fashion show & we had plans to hang out so you came anyways. I was always trying to get you out of your shell more,I hated how people painted you...I wanted u to branch out so they could understand u, maybe form their own opinion. I remember u were glad you came. Until someone said something really rude, not sure exactly what but it was enough to make us all feel uncomfortable...every1 but you. You shrugged it off. I realized maybe that’s why u hated industry shit.You had to be fake- smile& shake hands even though you knew everyone in the room felt the way they may have felt about you.
I know exactly how you felt bc you were 1 of the only ones who stood by me when I was in those shoes, even after I had judged you initially. I was so nervous to host rolling loud, I almost stayed home.You called me & offered your security.You didn’t want people to think I was weak, u didn’t want to see me give up.
Even in your darkest days u were somehow always a light for me& so many others.That’s how I know u were special.YOU saved us when you needed saving.You were so young but you swore u had been here before.
Maybe you had, maybe your work here in this lifetime was done.It’s really the only thing I can settle on the makes this feel somewhat ok.
To see the nasty things ppl are saying really breaks my heart.You had darkness to work through but no one deserves to be condemned in this way. It is clear u had plans to use the platform u were given for change.It’s clear that u too, wanted to change.You told us in everything you did, from your music to your posts on social media & recent philanthropic efforts.
I believe in speaking things into existence.Energy is powerful. I know he wanted us to spread light & love so as I scroll & see people mourning I just want us to think about x in our day to day lives, after we type “R.I.P.” Choose to be a positive,kind,caring human beings.If you really want him to Rest In Peace,think twice b4 u type something mean tomorrow. Listen 4 an answer when you ask “how r u?” Practice compassion starting today.
I hope you are in peace now. We love u forever♠
I’m at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of… https://t.co/uO5JVayHJf
So sad right now that he had to pass away I have no words I am crying and missing him he was one of the best and will always be remembered all he did was spread happiness around the World helped us kids through hard times I love your music and will always look up to it much love and support xxx @xxxtentacion
Prayers up for 🙏🏿 @xxxtentacion
R.I.P @xxxtentacion No one can be so self-righteous that they are happy when a youth dies. The young still have the… https://t.co/erF25vF3xg
I was down to see X trialed and serve time. Honestly the jokes about his death are disheartening. I’m an avid fight… https://t.co/OJeVWv1NWv
A message from #xxxtentacion before his death. He was only 20. https://t.co/pyBfBURh4R