Dallas rapper-producer FXXXXY––real name Maudell Watkins––died last week after facing “complications” during a routine medical procedure. He was 25.
His death was confirmed to Variety by a spokesperson from his label Interscope Geffen A&M on Wednesday (September 23). “Everyone who came into FXXXXY’s orbit was moved by his positive energy and spirit,” said IGA executive vice president Joie Manda. “His talent was undeniable. He was an important member of our IGA family and it’s heartbreaking that he was taken from all of us too soon.”
In a statement, Watkins’ family said they were “totally shocked and devastated at his unexpected and unforeseen passing.” “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to his many friends and acquaintances who’ve reached out to us in this extremely difficult time. He lived music with every breath he took and his focus and drive were unmatched. May his contributions to the music industry live forever. CC 4 Life!” they said, per Variety.
FXXXXY rose to fame in 2016 after he released the EP Cartel Shawty, which caught the attention of several rappers including Earl Sweatshirt. He later earned guest spots on records with Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Durk, and was signed to Future’s label Freebandz. In 2019, he inked a deal with Interscope and made his major label debut with the Far From XXXX EP.
Earlier this year, FXXXXY contributed production to Future’s “Solitaires,” which appeared on the latter’s May album High Off Life.
RIP, FXXXXY. Check out the music video for his most recent single, “Paranoia / #1 Stunna,” which dropped late last month: