Keep ABUSERS out of the music industry! XXXTENTACION & KODAK BLACK
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The music industry is ridden with "artists" who have systematically carried out acts of violence against women/domestic partners. The industry continuously support these artists by promoting, distributing and providing financial backing for said artists en masse. Despite large press coverage, charges, convictions and testimonies against these artists, labels and platforms still continue to stand behind these highly violent men. THIS MUST STOP! Two artists we are asking to have removed are XXXTENTACION and KODAK BLACK. Please read below their VIOLENT criminal history:
*WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE & ACCOUNTS*
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), better known by his stage name XXXTentacion (stylized as XXXTENTACION; /ɛks.ɛks.ɛks.tɛn.təsˈjoʊn/ eks-eks-eks-ten-təs-YOHN), is an American rapper from Lauderhill, Florida. He is known for his distorted production and often violent lyrics.
Onfroy found success from the audio distribution platform Soundcloud, where he is a prominent artist for "Soundcloud Rap", a subgenre inspired by trap and lo-fi music. Born in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill, Florida. Onfroy began writing music after being released from a youth correction center and eventually released his first song on Soundcloud in 2014. Onfroy first began to gather notoriety during his time in prison on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim. Onfroy was later released on bail on March 26, 2017.
The rapper responded to the allegations by releasing a video in which he stated, “Everybody that called me a domestic abuser, I’m finna domestically abuse ya’ll little sisters’ pussy from the back.”
Onfroy released his debut album, 17 on August 25, 2017. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
In a newly released video, before going on a long monologue about racial injustice, the scene cuts to two children, one white one black, being led towards a noose. XXXTentacion then puts the noose over the white boy’s head before pulling on another rope and hanging him. The boy is seen writhing around as the black child looks up at him.
Dieuson Octave (born June 11, 1997), better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper from Pompano Beach, Florida.
In January 2017, Kodak Black broadcast an Instagram Live video of himself in a Washington, D.C hotel room with several other men, while a lone female performed oral sex on them. Kodak Black's Instagram account hit a record high during the broadcast. The rapper later posted a message on Twitter about the incident reading "If I could change I swear I would .. I tried everything but I’m just so hood.”
In June 2017, Kodak Black wrote on Instagram about his preference for light-skinned women over those with dark skin. This started when Octave was asked about actress Keke Palmer which Octave replied "Keke Palmer, she straight, I’d bag her, but I don’t really like black girls like that, sorta kinda.” Users on the social media platform Twitter then began to respond negatively, provoking Octave to delete both his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Octave said following that light-skinned women are easier to break down, black women are "too gutter" and that he doesn't like his skin complexion. Amber Rose responded to the comments several days following saying they made her "so sad".
Octave was placed into a youth detention center three times in one year, and then placed on probation.
In October 2015, Octave was arrested in Pompano Beach and charged with robbery, battery, false imprisonment of a child, and possession of cannabis. He was later released.
In April 2016, Octave was arrested in Hallandale Beach, Florida and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of cannabis, and fleeing from officers. The following month, Octave was arrested in Broward County, Florida and charged with armed robbery and false imprisonment. He was detained in custody.
In August 2016, Octave appeared in court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Several executives from Atlantic Records attended the court; vice-president Michael Kushner commenting "Black has a bright future as a recording artist". Octave pleaded no contest to all charges and under a plea agreement was to be placed on house arrest for one year, have five years probation, perform community service as required, and take anger management classes. He would also be permitted to tour internationally. Prior to his release from Broward Main Jail, police discovered two outstanding criminal warrants, the first from Florence, South Carolina alleging felony criminal sexual conduct, the second from St. Lucie County, Florida alleging two counts of misdemeanor cannabis possession. Octave was not released from jail.
In September 2016, Octave pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drug charges and was sentenced to four months in jail. He was credited for time spent in custody awaiting trial and was required to serve 120 days. He was also suspended from driving for one year.
Octave was released from jail in Florida, and was then transported to Florence, South Carolina to face charges of sexual assault. According to the female victim, who reported the incident to her school nurse, she had attended a February 2016 performance by Octave at "Treasure City" in Florence, after which she accompanied the singer to his hotel room where he is alleged to have told her he "couldn't help himself" as he tore off her clothes, bit her repeatedly, and raped her as she screamed for help. Octave was released from custody in South Carolina on December 1, 2016 after posting a $100,000 bond, but returned to court on February 8, 2017. About Kodak Black, the Miami New Times asked "is he the product of larger societal problems, having been raised on a steady diet of misogynistic rap lyrics?" Within hours of release, he recorded and released "There He Go", a single which mentions his recent release from jail:
n February 2017, Octave was arrested again for violation of his probation. He was held without bond and his musical tour was postponed.
Octave appeared in court in April 2017, where his anger management counselor Ramona Sanchez spoke about Octave disrupting her class. Sanchez said he was constantly burping during her class, and when asked to leave, he refused. When Sanchez threatened to call 911, Kodak Black grabbed her phone and her wrist. The counselor recommended that Kodak Black participate in individual therapy instead of group therapy.
On May 4, 2017, Octave was sentenced for violating his house arrest to 364 days in the Broward County Jail, with the possibility of an early release if he completes a life skills course. He was released on June 5, 2017. He will remain on house arrest for one year, and five years of probation.
All those who would like to put an end to the support of these artists by commercial labels and distributers as well as the social and streaming channels that host their content, please help in signing this petition. It is the overall hope that labels in the future will find NON-VIOLENT artists and NON-CRIMINAL artists to support.
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