The Future- And Earl Sweatshirt-Approved Dallas Rapper and Producer Passed On Wednesday Night. The Cause Of His Death Is Not Yet Known.
Update on September 23, 2020: A rep with FXXXXY’s Interscope Geffen A&M label confirms to Variety that the Dallas rapper and producer’s death was the result of complications surrounding a routine medical procedure he had undergone. More information, and additional statements from reps at Interscope, can be found here.
Original story follows.
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North Texas rapper and producer extraordinaire FXXXXY died on Wednesday night, social media posts by his friends and colleagues have confirmed.
He was 25 years old. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
FXXXXY, born Maudell Watkins, first garnered online buzz in 2016 with the release of his self-produced EP, Cartel Shawty, which earned him Earl Sweatshirt’s cosign and collaborations with marquee rap game names such as Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Durk.
FXXXXY’s big break, however, came when he captured the attention of Atlanta rap juggernaut Future and inked a publishing deal with his Freebandz label and was named one of Okayplayer’s 18 Artists To Watch In 2018.
Later, FXXXY announced a deal with Interscope Records, which saw the 2019 release of the Dallas-area performer’s follow-up EP, Far From XXXX.
Just two weeks ago, the major label released the artist’s latest single, a track called “Paranoia / #1 Stunna.” Its music video was premiered by the taste-making outlet Complex.
There’s little doubt that FXXXXY was a rising star not just in the Dallas hip-hop scene, but in the national landscape at large thanks to a thriving grassroots fanbase.
With the news of his passing slowly leaking out on Thursday morning, respected music industry figures and local cats alike have taken to social media to pay tribute to the gone-too-soon rapper.
— Ye Ali (@Ye_Ali) September 17, 2020
Rest In Peace fxxxxy. You had already Done huge things, but i was so excited for what u we’re gonna do. https://t.co/DsGJvz0nRm
— benhixon (@ben_hixon) September 17, 2020
— Baby Shad/Rashad (@BabyxShad) September 17, 2020
At a loss for words right now. So many emotions right now. No one believed in you as much as I did. Signing w @Interscope was our dream. You had such a great smile, work ethic & desire to be the Best. U would have gone down as one of the greatest. Rest up King @Fxxxxy214 #FXXXXY pic.twitter.com/8GjeKnRJWk
— PoweredByCMG (@PoweredByCMG) September 17, 2020
RIP FXXXXY. 🧡💔 pic.twitter.com/lOUWRQPCDj
— Audiomack (@audiomack) September 17, 2020