The rapper's third album will likely not be released until at least October due to a clause in his last contract.
The report also states that due to a clause in XXXTentacions's last contract with Caroline (through Universal Music Group), the album will likely not be able to see release until at least October. The Caroline deal for ? was worth approximately $6 million, per the report.
At the time of his conversation with Shami, X had just been removed from popular Spotify playlists as part of the streaming service's short-lived "hateful conduct policy." The rapper faced disturbing allegations of abuse, including the alleged beating of his pregnant girlfriend, which was outlined in a testimony from the alleged victim obtained in September 2017. According to Shami, the rapper mentioned the ban he was facing during their conversation. “Are you sure you want to sign me, even when my streams are down?” Shami recalls the rapper asking. “I said, ‘I believe in you; I don’t believe in playlists... Playlists are nice. You are a musical phenomenon.’”
XXXTentacion's music has seen a huge increase in streams following his death. The week after he passed, his single "SAD!" hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, making him the first lead artist to posthumously top the chart since The Notorious B.I.G. with "Mo Money Mo Problems" in 1997.