Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for a new album weeks before his death in a shooting

  • Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for a new album weeks before he was shot and killed last month, The New York Times reports.
  • XXXTentacion signed the deal with Empire, the independent record company that released his highly successful first two albums.
  • Ghazi Shami, the founder of Empire, told the Times that the rapper had recorded "a significant amount of material" for his third album, which could see a release in October. 

Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for his third studio album several weeks before he was shot and killed in South Florida last month, three sources close to the deal told The New York Times

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, signed the contract with Empire, the independent record company that released his first two albums. "17," his first album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart last summer, and his second album, "?," hit No. 1 on the chart upon its release in April.

Ghazi Shami, the founder of Empire, told the Times that Onfroy had recorded "a significant amount of material" for his third album. The album reportedly won't be eligible for release until October due to a clause in Onfroy's last contract with Universal Music Group.

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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
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
FUCK NOT @xxxtentacion 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 FUCK

Onfroy's music saw a dramatic spike in streaming numbers following his death last month.

His single "Sad!" jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week after his death. The song was later accompanied by an eerie, posthumous video, filmed before his death but released a week after it, in which Onfroy attends his own funeral and gets into a fight with his own dead body. 

Onfroy was fatally shot in his car last month outside a motorsports store in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Broward County police later arrested and charged a 22-year-old man named Dedrick D. Williams with first-degree murder in connection to Onfroy's death.

At the time of his death, Onfroy was awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic-abuse case. He faced charges of aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.

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