Born in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill. He began writing music after being released from a juvenile detention center and started his music career on SoundCloud in 2013, where he soon became a popular figure in SoundCloud rap, a trap scene that takes elements of lo-fi music and harsh 808s. XXXTentacion rose to mainstream fame with the single “Look at Me” which is now certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His debut album, 17 (2017), debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, receiving a mixed response from critics, some of whom lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style. On August 15, 2018, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, ? (2018), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its singles “Sad!”, “Changes” and “Moonlight” all reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and the album was certified Platinum. In the week following his death, XXXTentacion’s highest-charting single, “Sad!”, went from 52nd to 1st on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first artist to top the Hot 100 posthumously since The Notorious B. I. G. , with “Mo Money Mo Problems”, in 1997. A few months after his death, he won the Best New Hip Hop Artist at the BET Hip Hop Awards and won the Favourite Album-Soul/R&B for 17 at the American Music Awards. XXXTentacion’s third studio album, Skins, was posthumously released in December 2018.