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‘I never got to thank him’: fans mourn a generation of rappers dying young
Rap’s young stars connect with their audience on a deep emotional level – so it’s especially devastating when they die, as those fans explain

Dean Van Nguyen

11, Mar, 2020 @12:46 PM

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Why fans want constant ‘content’ from their musical heroes – even in the afterlife
Music from late stars such as Mac Miller and Lil Peep prove that younger audiences don’t share the same reservations over posthumous releases

Hannah Ewens

29, Nov, 2019 @1:00 PM

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2019 in pop culture: from Adele’s 30 to ‘zapping’ your TV
A guide to everything you’ll need to know about TV, film and music next year, including Tarantino’s Charles Manson obsession and what’s next for Richard Madden’s bum

Leonie Cooper, Michael Cragg, Hannah J Davies, Harriet Gibsone, Joel Golby, Ellen E Jones, Steve Rose and Jack Seale

29, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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XXXTentacion: Skins review – genre-shredding to the last

Kitty Empire

16, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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XXXTentacion: Skins review – a toxic legacy
Shot dead in June, the rapper has since stormed the chart. This posthumous album contains evidence of a maverick talent – and a grim contribution from Kanye West

Alexis Petridis

07, Dec, 2018 @5:20 PM

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Drake, Post Malone and XXXTentacion are most-streamed artists of 2018 on Spotify
Trio of rappers top global streaming stats for 2018, with Drake’s tracks being played 8.2bn times

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Dec, 2018 @5:01 AM

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Why XXXTentacion's violent confession matters even after his death
Fans rushed to defend the troubled star, who denied abusing his former partner, but a secret recording now shows otherwise

Gary Suarez

26, Oct, 2018 @6:41 PM

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XXXTentacion: four men charged with rapper's murder
Controversial Florida rapper was shot dead, aged 20, while leaving a motorcycle shop on last month

Laura Snapes

20, Jul, 2018 @12:52 PM

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The cult of XXXTentacion: how fans pay tribute to an abusive rapper
The death of the 20-year-old chart-topper leaves behind a trail of violence but to the network of fans who grieve him, he was a troubled genius

Torii MacAdams

30, Jun, 2018 @10:00 AM

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XXXTentacion’s brutal life points to the problem with UK drug policy | Suzanne Moore
The murdered 20-year-old rapped about prescription drug addiction but we debate the merits of legalising cannabis, says the Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore

Suzanne Moore

20, Jun, 2018 @3:05 PM

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XXXTentacion: a hyperfast life of trauma, endured and inflicted
The Florida rapper was famous for his brutality and celebrated violence in song; gaining a fandom that didn’t seem to care about his crimes

Sam Wolfson

19, Jun, 2018 @7:55 AM

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Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida
The 20-year-old, who was awaiting trial for aggravated battery, was reportedly attacked while shopping for motorcycles

Guardian music

19, Jun, 2018 @12:26 AM

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