Rapper XXXTENTACION—born Jahseh Onfroy—mounted his career with a stream of self-released singles and mixtapes before catapulting into the mainstream in 2017 with 17 and the chart-topping ?, the latter released months before his death. While he was alive, XXXTentacion had a very negative outlook on life and was suicidal until very recently. That being said, he didn’t try to hide it, but instead saw music as a creative outlet for his anger and sadness, and reassured all of his suicidal & depressed fans. To many, his music was like an open door, beckoning for people – young and old – to come in, take a seat, and make yourself at home; everyone was invited.
The release will likely face comparisons with another posthumous record, by fellow Soundcloud rap star Lil Peep (who was born Gustav Åhr). A few days ago on the artist’s official Instagram account, Peep’s mother asked, Who wants a new album with amazing unreleased Lil Peep music put together by Gus’ mom and the songs’ original collaborators? You have been asking for this, and I can’t wait to get it to you!” That will be Peep’s second post-death release.
The new charges affirmed the media’s distaste for Onfroy but didn’t deter fans. When his second album, ?, dropped in March 2018, it quickly garnered enough sales and streams to hit the top of the Billboard charts. Its success placed Onfroy in the league of top chart staples such as Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar.
The question of how to treat Onfroy’s music remains tricky. Just last month, the streaming platform Spotify announced a new “hateful conduct” policy that prohibited the music of Onfroy and accused sexual predator R. Kelly on its playlists. Many applauded the gesture. But, as a spokesperson for Onfroy pointed out on Twitter, the new policy excluded many other alleged — largely white — abusers, including David Bowie and Gene Simmons of Kiss. Just two weeks later, Spotify reversed its policy, reportedly because several artists, including Kendrick Lamar, threatened to pull their music from the platform. (For more on the Spotif y banning and reinstatement, click here) The question of ethical listening will likely come up again soon, however, because Onfroy has intimated a new album might drop in June.
The 22-year-old rapper paid homage to his late friend XXXTentacion, reflecting on one of their performances in Los Angeles before the Florida rapper’s murder.
The controversial rapper emerged onto the public stage in early 2017, when a single he uploaded to SoundCloud burst out of underground music circles and into the mainstream. The track was short, distorted like most of his songs, and named an imperative “Look at Me!” But as listeners and media took his instruction to heart, they uncovered details about Onfroy’s past, including the brutal allegations of domestic abuse.
Onfroy’s family was in the crowd at the time, with many people criticising Mensa for calling out XXXTentacion months after his death. In March, Onfroy’s sophomore album, “?,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Cognizant moderators receive four weeks of training on Facebook’s policies before they are put to work. Once training is over, they begin work by reporting to a different layer of Cognizant leadership called the policy team, which is responsible for interpreting Facebook’s rules. The company did not respond to questions about the training members of this team are given. Moderators who spoke to BuzzFeed News said the policy teams they work with typically consist of about six to seven people, including those who oversee the Spanish-language moderators.
XXXTentacion’s “Heart Eater” is being teased as his new posthumous single. XXXTentacion was shot as he drove away from a motorbike showroom in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18, 2018.
Then, more than a year later, in January 2017, the heavily distorted single — a far cry from the polished production of most mainstream hits — exploded onto the charts, attracting an endorsement from rapper A$AP Rocky and prompting Adam Grandmaison, a tattooed former BMX biker and hip-hop tastemaker, to sign on as Onfroy’s manager. There was so much hype that when Drake previewed a similar-sounding song January 28, fans accused him of plagiarism, which compounded Onfroy’s fame.
Shortly after his death, XXXTentacion’s rep confirmed to ET Online that the late rapper’s girlfriend was pregnant with his child. Bernard had also revealed the news on Instagram, alongside a photo of a sonogram.
According to a report from Page Six, XXXTentacion’s former girlfriend who he supposedly assaulted will make an appearence in a new music video following the rapper’s death. Cleopatra Bernard, his mother, posted an audio clip to her IG account in which Tentacion claimed he wanted his ex, Geneva Ayala, to be a part of a music video sometime in the future.
At the time of his death he was facing 15 felony charges for alleged incidents of domestic violence including false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation regarding his ex-girlfriend.
On June 25, a heartbreaking photo of a Salvadoran father and toddler daughter who drowned while trying to enter the United States went viral. Within the hour, it was the top news story of the day; the next night, it was discussed in the Democratic presidential debate. But Facebook’s third-party moderators weren’t sure how to handle it.
If you’re a loyal follower and supporter of XXXTentacion, you’ve likely already heard “Heart Eater” over and over again. The song was unofficially released as a leftover from his second studio album ?, hitting SoundCloud as a leak last year. After the Florida-raised superstar passed away, it was unclear what would happen to his existing unreleased music. We’ve already received one full posthumous album from the late Jahseh Onfroy and a second, titled Bad Vibes Forever, is officially on the way His estate recently released “Royalty” with Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don and Vybz Kartel as the lead single and it looks like it may be time for us to get the second official release from BVF.
For moderators at Cognizant and Accenture, this was yet another instance of the confusing, often poorly explained rules and convoluted communication between them and Facebook that make their job nearly impossible. In interviews with BuzzFeed News, former and current moderators described policing content for Facebook as a grueling job made worse by poor management, lousy communication, and whipsaw policy changes that made them feel set up to fail. Hundreds of pages of leaked documents about Facebook’s moderation policy were obtained by BuzzFeed News. The documents ‘” which contain often ambiguous language, Byzantine charts, and an indigestible barrage of instructions ‘” reveal just how daunting a moderator’s jobs can be.
The late rapper’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, has filed a suit against his half-sister, Ariana Onfroy, alleging she intimated that Bernard had something to do with her son’s death.
That communication can sometimes take days. Last Christmas, moderators at the outsourced sites, which remained open, saw Facebook’s response time slow so dramatically that many believed the Facebook teams that oversaw their work had been given the winter holidays off. Facebook did not answer questions about holiday staffing.
As many of you know, tragedy struck yesterday when young rapper and social media influencer XXXTentacion (Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was shot and killed at the age of 20 due to a fatal gunshot wound to the neck during a robbery in broad daylight. Seeing as he has millions of fans worldwide, this heartbreaking event had a very large impact on his fanbase.
When actor Burt Reynolds died last September, fans across Instagram and Facebook paid tribute to him by posting his 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold. In the photo , a nude Reynolds reclines on a bearskin rug, his left arm strategically covering his crotch. While an iconic celebrity photo, the image violated Facebook’s moderation rules. For one, it featured visible pubic hair (a no-no), and while Reynolds’ penis was obscured by his arm, Facebook only allows nonhuman objects covering genitals.
Onfroy denied the charges , which include aggravated battery, domestic battery and false imprisonment, but in court documents obtained by Miami New Times , his girlfriend detailed brutal abuse.
Xxxtentacion found alive after turning himself into the authorities. the formerly dead rapper claimed he did it to punk his fans for a new concept albums hes releasing called the dangers of fake news. This new album will be discussing the dangers of lying, fake news and slander and it’ll be coming out this year at record stores and streaming services. Make sure to get your copy soon or listen to it on xxx’s spotify.
7 grudnia 2018 został wydany pośmiertny album XXXTentaciona nazwie „Skins”. 23 stycznia 2019 została wydana 4 część kolaboracji XXXTentaciona ze swoimi przyjaciółmi nazwie Members Only, Vol. 4. 9 września 2019 został wydany mixtape „? deluxe edition” zawierający wszystkie piosenki i instrumentalne danych piosenek z albumy „?”, do mixtape zostały dodane nigdy nie publikowane nagrywania XXXTentaciona i piosenki z minialbumu „Ghetto Christmas Carol”.
Facebook moderators working at Cognizant’s Phoenix location told BuzzFeed News there is just one middle manager who is mostly in charge of interpreting Facebook’s policies ‘” a single guy who doesn’t work for Facebook but is charged with interpreting the nuance of its policy shifts for moderators struggling to police the platform’s fire hose of content. ‘śThe entire operation is leaning on one guy’s understanding,’ť one moderator told BuzzFeed News.
Hordes of eager young fans burst into spontaneous songs of grief and celebration on Wednesday afternoon at an arena here in South Florida, where they had gathered to honor the life of the controversial 20-year-old rapper and singer XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in an apparent robbery last week.
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At the time of his death, XXXTentacion was awaiting trial on allegations of aggravated battery, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering in relation to his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Two months later, the death of John McCain, a war hero, Arizona senator, and the 2008 Republican nominee for president, inspired a flood of reactions ‘” some of them memes mocking his brain tumor. Once again, Facebook’s third-party moderators weren’t sure what to do. The issue wasn’t whether the memes were tasteless, but whether McCain’s death was ‘śpremature.’ť Under Facebook’s policies, mocking a death is moderated differently than mocking a ‘śpremature’ť death. The senator was 81 years old and died of an illness, but moderators weren’t sure if that qualified as premature.
Facebook policy says that images depicting violent death should be ‘śmarked as disturbing,’ť which would put a blurred overlay on the image that a viewer would have to click through to see.
The question was whether their tragic drowning would be considered a ‘śviolent’ť death, per Facebook’s rules. ‘śI overheard someone saying that day, ‘Well, you know, it’s drowning, but someone didn’t drown them, so why would it be a violent death?”ť a moderator told BuzzFeed News.
Alongside Michael Boatwright , Dedrick Williams and Robert Allen , Newsome is accused of robbing and murdering XXXTentacion on June 18, 2018. Newsome was captured and arrested nearly two months later on Aug. 7, 2018, making him the last of the four suspects to be brought into police custody. Newsome has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. While prosecutors say Newsome approached X with a gun during the robbery that occurred before the murder, they accuse Boatwright of actually firing the shot that killed the rapper.
Much of the harassment often came online. Ayala’s Twitter account was hacked and taken over by an impersonator, who tweets often about Onfroy. Her Instagram account was deleted after too many fans “reported” her posts.
Onfroy’s triggers were, in some ways, predictable — usually jealousy — but also erratic. Small things could set him off: like her humming another rapper’s verse or asking a friend what music he was playing.
The guards opened the cell and pulled Onfroy off. “I told you I would kill him,” the rapper reports saying. He contends the guards didn’t charge him. Instead, they told him to clean up. His mother was visiting, and when she spotted blood under his fingernails, she asked what had happened. When he responded, “This n did some gay shit, so I had to crack his head open,” she began crying.
Earlier this year, the Verge published a pair of investigations in which Facebook moderators at Cognizant’s offices in Phoenix and Tampa, Florida, described experiencing PTSD-like symptoms after working on Facebook posts. A quick review of a Facebook policy update deck from December 2018 offers a good idea why.
Eventually, those leaders at Cognizant flagged it to Facebook as a trend they were seeing, and Facebook told them to do the opposite: XXXTentacion was exempt from the rule that forbids mocking his death because he was a ‘śviolent criminal.’ť Mocking his death was allowed.
XXXTentacion’s second album ? debuted at number one on the Billboard chart. The lead single, Sad!, hit number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release in March.
Onfroy was briefly booted from the music platform Spotify’s curated playlists over the allegations, though the company later reversed its policy, meant to apply to musicians accused of harassment and violence.
While he was alive, XXXTentacion had a very negative outlook on life and was suicidal until very recently. That being said, he didn’t try to hide it, but instead saw music as a creative outlet for his anger and sadness, and reassured all of his suicidal & depressed fans. To many, his music was like an open door, beckoning for people – young and old – to come in, take a seat, and make yourself at home; everyone was invited.