Rapper XXXTentacion released a controversial video for his singles, "Look at Me" and "Riot," on Tuesday, which featured the hanging of a young white child.
The video, obviously, has received a bit of attention — but not for the reasons you might be thinking.
What you need to know about this video before discussing it with your friends
- The video is rough. It's a hard watch. Not only does it feature violence against a child, but it's rife with sexual innuendo and assault.
- XXXTentacion is also hanged in the video.
- XXXTentacion's aim for the video was to speak about racial injustices. The rapper references Emmett Till, Philando Castile, the Charlottesville rally, and Rodney King — however, with his recent history, the message may have been lost.
- In the video, the rapper said, "Murder is murder, whether you’re black or white. You should always feel free to voice your opinion but to act out on these irrational thoughts in any way, shape, or form is disgusting."
The 19-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was accused of perpetrating disturbing domestic abuse against a former girlfriend in 2016. The charges stemming from the incident included aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering.
He was jailed in January as a result of the woman's accusations and released in March.
A 142-page report was published, which detailed the horrifying allegations brought against him by his ex-girlfriend.
The South Florida rapper's trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 5. He has plead not guilty to the charges.
Over the last week, the rapper seemingly addressed his upcoming trial on Instagram and made further threats against those who speak ill of him.
"I’m insensitive because I refuse to accept a reality for myself that is not my own, I will not have fabricated stories pushed on me, and have people trying to make me submissive off some s**t I ain’t do, I’m good," he wrote.
In a recording, he responded to those calling him a "domestic abuser."
"I’ma f*** y’all little sisters in they throats,” he said. "Everybody that called me a domestic abuser, I’m finna domestically abuse y’all little sister p***y from the back."
"If you want your p***y domestically abused, hit my line," he added, about the feminist movement.
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