XXXTentacion's Jocelyn Flores certified platinum in Germany

The single Jocelyn Flores late last month was certified platinum in Germany by the BMVI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) Federal Music Industry Association for sales exceeding 400,000 units.

Producer and music executive John "JonFX" Crawford, who was the mix engineer on the hit song by the late rapper XXXTentacion, is elated at the recognition.

"Truly amazing to see the growth of the record from one single platinum all the way to multiple platinum status. The power of music is truly humbling," said Crawford.

Crawford, who was born in Kingston, resides in South Florida. He has worked with a number of acts including Sizzla, Gyptian, Shabba Ranks, I-Wayne, and Akon among others.

JONFX...truly amazing to see the growth of the record.

He recalled the recording session of the song in 2017.

"He [XXXTentacion] experienced some pain while he was in the process of recording the song. But in the end, I saw a feeling of relief. The song is an ode to a young lady named Jocelyn Flores," said Crawford.

The song was recorded at Art House studio in Florida and was the second single released from the rapper's debut studio album titled 17.

XXXTentacion was born Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy in Plantation, Florida, USA, to Jamaican parents Dwayne Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard.

He was killed on June 18, 2018 near a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Jocelyn Flores was a commercial success in the US, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also made the top 10 in Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand and Sweden.

The song was previously certified in several countries including the USs (8x platinum), UK (2x platinum), Denmark (2x platinum), France (Diamond), Greece (Platinum), and Italy (2x platinum).

XXXTentacion has to date sold more than 61 million records in America and 7 million in the UK.

Jurors in the trial of three men accused of the murder of the rising rap star outside a Florida motorcycle dealership nearly five years ago have failed to reach a verdict up to earlier this week.

The jury has been deliberating since getting the case March 8.

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

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