By Damilola Faustino
XXXtentacion signed a $10M deal before his death with EMPIRE for his third studio album.
EMPIRE founder Ghazi Shami didn’t confirm the $10 million amount. Shami recalled the slain artiste was surprised about EMPIRE’s level of interest in him due to the decline of his streaming numbers following his brief ban from Spotify’s curated playlists.
“Are you sure you want to sign me, even when my streams are down?” XXXtentacion asked, according to Shami.
“I said, ‘I believe in you; I don’t believe in playlists,’” Shami said. “‘Playlists are nice. You are a musical phenomenon.”
XXXtentacion’s third album may not be released until October due to a clause in his last record contract with Capitol Music Group’s Caroline Records, which is part of the Universal Music Group.
A spokesman for Universal and EMPIRE’s founder said there haven’t been discussions about working together on the posthumous release.
The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store when two men in a dark-coloured SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, said Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer.
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