(Warning: this story includes reported, graphic depictions of domestic violence).
As exemplified in his music and social media presence alike, XXXTentacion battled all sorts of demons before his life was cut short. However, in the aftermath of the rapper's tragic murder, fans are left with their own interpretations of his controversial legacy and what that means, including how to factor in his domestic abuse case.
As revealed in an extensive report from Pitchfork, 59 recordings of phone calls from when the late rapper was incarcerated have surfaced. As reported, more than 200 pieces of audio were entered into evidence by the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office.
Transcripts of the calls reveal some insight into what was on the rapper's mind while he was serving time. After being arrested in October 2016 on felony charges including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, witness tampering and false imprisonment, the rapper spent six months in jail for violating his house arrest on two prior charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Regarding the highly publicized domestic abuse cause, the rapper pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence while rising to fame. However, the case was closed following his being fatally shot at age 20 back in June of this year.
According to Pitchfork, there are over 16 hours of more than 200 recorded phone calls, many of which span over a 46-hour stretch from Oct. 25-27, 2016. The recordings captured conversations that took place between the rapper and his mother, friends, associates and a handful of women he appeared to be courting at the time.
"I already got what I wanted, I already bashed her face—her face on the internet, bruh. I done made her look bad on the internet, bruh," XXXTentacion reportedly said in one of the calls, discussing his former girlfriend on Oct. 26, 2016.
Later that same day, XXX learned of an Instagram post that included part of that quote, during which he asked for a "humiliating video" of the woman be sent to him.
"She's so stupid because now I'm about to go all out on her," he said. "I got something for this bitch-ass. She should have never done this. I got a video, bruh."
Later in the same call, he reportedly told a woman that he wasn't threatening her but warned her to "keep my name out ya mouth, or I'ma make sure you got to jail for a very, very, very long fucking time."
Throughout the hours of recorded material, XXXTentacion showcases a range of emotions and discusses all sorts of topics, including politics, his relationship with his mother, an alleged request that his friends beat up a 16-year-old, his place in the music industry and his reaction to his domestic violence arrest (such as through mocking the allegations he imprisoned his ex-girlfriend).
See Pitchfork's in-depth report here.