It’s been two years since XXXTentacion was shot and killed outside of a Florida motorcycle store. Jenesis Sanchez, the mother of the rapper’s child, penned a letter in honor of Tentacion’s death two years later.
This past January, Jenesis gave birth to XXXTentacion’s son, and seven months after he died, she shared a tribute on her IG in which she explained her feelings toward the rapper’s legacy and the son he left behind.
You can check out her essay below:
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2 years. And I still have not had a chance to grieve your absence properly. From being pregnant, making sure I brought the last piece of you into this world healthy, being strong because we still had a bundle of joy to look forward to. To nurturing another life and raising the little prince that you and I went half on. While going through a bunch of misunderstandings w others but keeping it together so that our son did not see me weak. Jeez Jah, he looks so much like you. He gives me the same intense stares that you would when you would ask me “what do you see when you look into my eyes” I’d always reply back- “a beautiful mind a very misunderstood one”. That I loved to pick at. You saw my flaws not as flaws but as more reasons to love me. The note above is an excerpt from my journal,he stole it while I was asleep 🙄 I was so upset lol, but he saw I wrote something really negative about myself and that was the response. I was no longer upset. I cherish the note til this day. I’ve been finding myself lost at times but realize you showed me how to get back on track and be the best version of me. And I promise I will be that person and continue to be that person for not only myself but for Gekyume and you. Thank you for all the memories, knowledge and the best gift of all. This precious baby boy who has taught me what real unconditional love truly is. For all of you attending Jahsehs Mausoleum today please wear your mask and if you have gloves, I 10/10 recommend. We are still in the middle of a pandemic with a second wave coming in strong. Everyone please be safe and remember social distancing.
Fans of the late rapper know that he was hailed as one of the leaders of the emo-rap scene, alongside Lil’ Peep. Critics and social commentators have questioned where the scene will go following the death of several of the key figures in the community, including Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, and Lil’ Peep.
The hip-hop community has lost other up and coming stars as well, including the already mega-successful, Mac Miller, in addition to Pop Smoke, who was murdered in a rental home at the start of the year.
Pop Smoke was staying in a home rented out by a Real Housewives star when a group of suspects barged into the home and killed him. At the time, reports stated that it was a burglary gone wrong, but police sources later claimed it seemed to be personal.
Stars such as Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent addressed the rapper’s death, stating that the incident was motivated out of “jealousy.”
Since XXXTentacion died, there have been countless memes and posts in his honor on social media. However, in the years leading up to his passing, he garnered a reputation for himself as a “controversial” figure, on account of abuse allegations.
Earlier this year, it was reported that one of the suspects involved in the case, asked to be let out of prison on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The alleged killer accused a prison officer of giving an inmate the virus, and he reportedly expressed fear over contracting it himself.
Dedrick Williams, the man reportedly involved in XXXTentacion’s death, asked for an early release, similar to stars like Bill Cosby and R Kelly.