A few weeks before his sudden death, rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million album deal with Empire, according to a report from the New York Times.
The death of the 20-year-old Florida native shocked the hip-hop community and resulted in a spike in sales and streams of his first two projects, 17 and ?, both of which were in the Billboard 200’s top 5 last week.
17 was released under the independent music distribution company Empire, and the Times reports that the company gave X a huge deal for his third official project. Though its founder Ghazi Shami, who helped break X into the mainstream, wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the deal, he did confirm that X, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, did complete “a significant amount of material” for the album before he was shot and killed on June 18.
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