How do you separate the art from the artist?
That's a question which will no doubt be repeated at lengthy over the coming days, following news of the death of SoundCloud rap artist XXXTentacion.
Shot dead while leaving a motorcycle dealership, the rapper's work was undoubtedly popular, yet was coupled to a life dominated by violence and abuse.
Serving several spells in jail, XXXTentacion admitted a homophobic attack while behind bars and was later accused of severe physical abuse against his ex-girlfriend.
The woman's harrowing testimony detailed a litany of savage beatings and random attacks, with XXXTentacion delivering a series of often contradictory denials and rebuttals.
We place this introduction here to provide context for Kanye West's tribute to the rapper.
Open about his admiration for the rapper's work, he tweeted a few hours ago:
rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing pic.twitter.com/QU7DR3Ghbw— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 18, 2018
The move has immediately caused uproar, splitting Yeezy's fanbase.
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