Pitchfork has obtained a 27-minute audio recording of rapper XXXTentacion confessing to domestic abuse in a conversation with unnamed acquaintances.
The audio was reportedly captured around October 2016, when XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. The rapper’s ex, Geneva Ayala, recounted the alleged abuses in a 2017 deposition first uncovered by Pitchfork. The investigation was closed after his death in June.
In the recording, which came from the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, XXXTentacion is heard confessing to domestic abuse and “other violent crimes,” per Pitchfork, which reports:
Discussing his ex-girlfriend, who he believed had cheated on him, XXXTentacion can be heard saying, “I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right? But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started fucking her up bruh. I started fucking her up because she made one mistake. And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.” He did not detail what he had done to the alleged victim. Earlier in the recording, he said, “I will kill that bitch if she play with me.”
The state attorney’s office confirmed that the audio counts as an official confession. XXXTentacion also appears to confess to stabbing multiple people, including a former manager:
On the tape, in addition to the threats against his ex-girlfriend, XXXTentacion also referred to a stabbing incident in Deerfield Beach, Florida, saying, “I’m on [Miami] New Times for stabbing, how many people they put in the news? They said three, it was eight.” (On January 21, 2016, a local Florida newspaper reported that police were “searching for the person who stabbed three people during a fight in Deerfield Beach.” There is no record of anyone being charged with the stabbing, but a Broward County Sheriff’s Office report from the incident states that a witness “saw an unknown black male with tattoos on his face swinging a knife in multiple directions.”)
Those crimes, Pitchfork’s Marc Hogan writes, “were mentioned on the tape to explain why his ex-girlfriend was scared for her life.”
“She’s seen this shit. She know,” XXXTentacion said on tape.