Dallas rapper/producer FXXXXY (born Maudell Watkins) has died following what his label described as “complications” during a routine medical procedure. Watkins, 25, was signed to Future’s FreeBandz label and was credited with engineering work on the song “Solitaires” from the rapper’s recent High Off Life album.
“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of FXXXXY and offer our sincerest condolences to his family, his team, friends and thousands of fans,” said IGA executive vice president Joie Manda in a statement. “Everyone who came into FXXXXY’s orbit was moved by his positive energy and spirit. 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.”
At press time a spokesperson said there was no additional information on the cause or date of Watkins’ death. Baby Shad posted a tribute to Watkins on Sept. 17, writing, “Rest in Peace” and “CC forever.” The rising rapper/producer earned notice from Future after collaborating with Gunna (“Need U”) and Lil Durk (“Follow Me”) on singles, first working with Future on his 2019 EP Save Me. He also released the 2016 album Cartel Shawty and 2017 follow-up Flawed Up Shawty. His most recent release was this year’s “Paranoia/ #1 Stunna” single.
In a statement, Watkins’ family said that they are “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!”
Anthony Saleh of the rapper’s management team at Emagen Entertainment Group added, “The FBG team and I are extremely crushed by unexpected news about our brother, FXXXXY. He not only was one of us but, he was the most uplifting and positive whenever he was around. And when he wasn’t around, he made sure to share his light with you from afar. We will never be able to make sense of this no matter how hard we try but will do our best to honor his memory. Rip FBG FOX.”
Funeral services are planned in Watkins’ hometown of Dallas.
Check out the videos for “Need U” and “Paranoia/ #1 Stunna” below.