XXXTentacion Signed a $10 Million Record Deal Just Weeks Before His Death
By Katrina Nattress
July 9, 2018
XXXTentacion was making moves before he died. According to The New York Times, the 20-year-old was drafting up a deal for an upcoming album with the record executive who first took a chance on him just weeks before his tragic and untimely death. The agreement was reportedly signed with Empire, the label that released the rapper's first album, 17, just last summer. According to three people briefed on the terms, the deal was worth around $10 million.
The record label's founder, Ghazi Shami, said X had “a significant amount of material” for the album done, though they had not yet solidified release plans.
A week after his death, the rapper's attorney Bob Celestin told Billboard that though he couldn't specify how many tracks the late artist left behind, "there are recordings. X was always recording, creating great music, and when the estate is finally settled we'll be able to give some more information on that."
All of these plans came to an abrupt end when the South Floridian was shot and killed in his car outside a motor sport shop in Deer Beach, Florida, on June 18. Since then, a suspect has been arrested, the rapper's mother has insinuated his girlfriend is pregnant, and his team has shared an eerie "Sad!" music video X made before he died in which he attends his own funeral.
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