"I think it’s still popular because he was a complete tortured genius."
The controversial rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot and killed in Florida in June 2018. He was 20-years-old. Onfroy had a history of domestic abuse charges, including the aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and false imprisonment.
In an new interview with XXL, Eilish described Onfroy as a “tortured genius”.
“I think it’s kind of unfair when something gets more popular after someone passes,” she said. “I remember in the midst of it, at the beginning, when I found him on SoundCloud. I had no idea who he was or anything about his backstory at all. I barely knew what he looked like. I just messed with what he was creating because it wasn’t something I had heard before.
Eilish continued: “It was a mix between, you know, all types of shit. And that was without me having any knowledge of anything in his life: who he was, who he knew, anything at all.”
She added: “I think it’s still popular because he was a complete tortured genius.”
Meanwhile, Eilish recently unveiled the latest music video for her single ‘I Love You’. She returns to the UK to perform at Reading & Leeds Festival next week. Check out the stage times here and full weather forecast here.