It’s been one week since the rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down in Deerfield Beach, Fla., something that his fans are still reeling from.
In fact, it’s nothing they’ll get over soon, at least according to Damon Dash, who recently talked about the murder.
In his opinion, XXXTenatacion being killed is equivalent to the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, as far as this generation of hip-hop fans go. Dash also said that he could feel this type of tragedy coming on.
“It’s just funny how things go in cycles, and you could just feel it,” he said. “Actually, I got it on tape. I was like, ‘Yo, it don’t feel right. It’s going to take somebody to get killed for everybody to cool out.’ And it’s sad that it was him, but he’s definitely going to be looked at from this 15 to 25-year-old generation as Tupac and Biggie.”
In addition, Dash said that he noticed a pattern when it comes to rappers beefing with each other because for a while it seemed that many artists got along, but since then things have gotten worse.
“You know the sad thing about it is, the last couple days, I was like, ‘Yo, hip-hop is going through that phase,'” he explained. “In my generation, it got kind of violent. Then Biggie and Pac died, and it kind of calmed down. And then I remember Wiz [Khalifa’s] generation. I liked it because it was like other parts of the country were working together, like Curren$y and Smoke DZA. Everyone was just smoking weed and everybody was cool and being violent was kind of corny.”
“Now I was like, ‘Wow, it feels like that time when someone’s about to get killed,'” added Dash. “And I was actually trying to explain to anyone that was younger than me and that was in the business, I was like, ‘Yo, regardless to what happens, nobody should be getting killed.’”
Meanwhile, new details have emerged in XXXTentacion’s murder at the same time a public memorial was announced.
According to The New York Times, XXXTentaction was followed by two men on the day he was killed. The men shadowed him by car, then on foot. Eventually, the men entered into a Motorsport store after the rapper and left immediately after him.
Then, they continued to follow him in the parking lot and used their car to block him as he tried to exit. From there, they demanded property, and that’s when shots were fired.
“After a brief struggle the victim is shot,” court documents read.
As we previously reported, a 22-year-old man named Dedrick Williams was arrested days after, who was identified by Motorsport employees and spotted on surveillance video.
As far as Dash’s opinion about XXX’s murder being equivalent to Pac and Biggie’s, it sparked a lot of online chatter.
“I had no clue who this guy was ’till he was killed, so to mention him in the same sentence as Tupac is just dumb,” one person wrote under a clip of XXX’s former manager agreeing with Dash. “Sorry he died but I can not agree with that statement.”
“He must be on drugs,” wrote someone else, referring to XXX’s former manager. “Tupac inspired me to keep my head up. I listened to some of XXX’s music yesterday for the first time, and that might make a person wanna blow their head off.”
But according to a third person, people want a new rap hero to praise, so some will definitely compare XXX’s death to Pac and The Notorioius B.I.G.’s.
“The scary thing is that if he keeps saying that long enough and loud enough there will be stupid people who will believe it,” one guy wrote. “People want someone to believe in. A new idol to worship that they can relate to. That’s how Trump got into office.”