Xxxtentacion

12 albums, 115 tracks

Born in Jan 23, 1998

Rap

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"Xxxtentacion"

Apr 24, 2019

A Musicians Special Take On Melodic Hip Hop. D

TakeAPass
Written by @TakeAPass / 1 mins read
#17#XXXTentacion#ClassicRegional#HipHop#AltIndie#rock

The modern concert experience needs a lot of work, as I have come to realize at various venues over the last several years. For starters, the new crop of performers don’t really perform so much as turn their microphones to the audience as the DJ kills the sound. This happens every song, and throughout every set. I understand fully the crowd participation factor that has become essential to the show in this ‘me’ generation. There sometimes is benefit to this style though, with and artist like XXX, who never fell back, even if the fans recited every word. When I hear 17 and Revenge, I am transported right back to that time period visiting my Dad and step brothers in Miami. I became so much closer with my step brothers, as they would take me to all the shows that were happening in 2017, with XXXtentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Pouya, Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry – damn those were the times. But without that real energy, it is back to lazy rappers hardly finishing their songs.

Apr 24, 2019

This Album Doesn’t Lie – This Is What It Really Feels Like

lostinlove
Written by @lostinlove / 1 mins read
#17#XXXTentacion#ClassicRegional#HipHop#rock#AltIndie

XXXtentacion helped me when I was on the brink. For a long while, all I thought about, at least every night lying awake staring at the ceiling, in an insomniac state, was how I would do it. My parents and close friends would try to help me out, recognizing the signs, even though I guess I would try to hide them. I’m more open now, because X spoke his truth, so why can’t I? Knowing that X also struggled with such inner demons brings me closer to this brotherhood and sisterhood out there of people like us. Even though he is gone, he’s already changed lives. I love all his music, but I play 17 like its therapy. I’ve been to therapy, taken the drugs, but honestly, I feel at my best just smoking and listening to this album, because it doesn’t lie.

Apr 24, 2019

To Lose Your Life, In Your Prime, Or Preceding Your Prime?

AdamPilkington
Written by @AdamPilkington / 1 mins read
#17#HipHop#XXXTentacion#AltIndie#ClassicRegional#rock

Have you ever had your life flash before your eyes? That’s what it’s like to get robbed at gunpoint. I was lucky and only lost my wallet and iPhone, because I handed it all over, no questions asked. It was like a simple transaction, the robber was all business, and just left me in the parking lot. I felt really surreal after. Years later, I’m finally discovering XXXtentacion, because my buddy said how alt rock he was, and I’m more of a punk rocker anyways, and his music really ends up surprising me and resonating like nothing I’ve ever heard. Opened my eyes to the whole emo hip hop scene. Then he gets robbed and killed, and it brings me back to that surreal transactional moment. I can’t be callous and just say hand the bag over, but at the same time, there was so much music still to be made.

Apr 24, 2019

Music Coming From The Other Side Of The Wall

SkiSlopes
Written by @SkiSlopes / 1 mins read
#XXXTentacion#17#ClassicRegional#HipHop#rock#AltIndie

Good memories come with this one; living on my own for the first time in the smallest studio apartment you could imagine. Girls coming over and saying that the place wasn’t small – it was quaint. I would hear “Jocelyn Flowers” coming from the neighbor next door every night. I am convinced they were prostitutes because there was a few of them and they would talk audibly about that line of work, and maybe twice a week, I heard the same guy who I think was their pimp speaking with a real low voice. Nothing violent happened though. It was just people living their reality. I copped the album for myself, and played it a lot, and still feel it’s chaotic poetry like I’m there, even though I moved out of downtown after another neighbor fell asleep with a cigarette and almost burnt the building down.

Apr 24, 2019

XXXtentacion’s 17 Is The Most Artistic Album To Fall From The Clouds

KingKolby
Written by @KingKolby / 1 mins read
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XXXtentacion is the greatest soundcloud rapper to have ever come out, and basically birthed all of these other rappers now, or at least will always be more artistic than them. What Frank Ocean did for r&b, Jahseh has done for rap music. His singing and use of guitar are handled the most expertly out of any of the newer artists (JuiceWRLD, YNW Melly) who have bitten off his style in the wake of his murder. Yet now people want to argue with me about these new rappers and how good they are? FOH and stop the childishness. Jahseh was a genius of many styles, but you want to listen to gimmicks. Look at soundcloud now. Lil Nas X is doing Country Rap and number one? Wow, what a coincidence that YNW Melly, before being indicted for the double homicide, said he was open to all music, planning to do a Country song too? Look at the timing - these rappers will do whatever they think will make money. XXXtentacion was one in a million in this generation. He set out to do alternative for pure and creative reasons, not to trend, as he already told us all in his instructions for 17 to open our minds “if you don’t listen to the alternative sound.”

Mar 21, 2019

Chameleon Of Sound, XXXtentacion Also Brings His Inner Truth With The Iconic Album 17

taylor
Written by @taylor / 8 mins read
#XXXTentacion#17#HipHop#ClassicRegional#AltIndie#rock#AlternativeRnB#RnB

Just when I started to really peep how much rapper XXXtentacion represented the future of the new generation of Hip Hop, the life of this prolific 20 year old artist was cut short in a robbery. He made a huge impact on his fans, and even outsiders looking in such as myself. I had never sat down to listen to a whole album such as 17, but I had heard his singles plenty of times, and noticed the explosive, Punk energy of his particular brand of Trap – and in this South Florida rap scene, one could argue that nobody was more iconic than XXX and Kodak Black – yet in the spirit of true Hip Hop, I love the fact that these two great Artists sound nothing like each other – a rarity in this copycat Soundcloud Rapper industry. X’s personal style is influenced by Punk, R&B, Nu-Metal, and obviously Hip Hop, but actual rapper influences are hard to pin down exactly. In contrast, one could at least say that Kodak Black is influenced by a combination of Lil Wayne and heavy regional vernacular. These two icons did influence lots of other rappers though, possible tens and hundreds of them – though XXXtentacion I feel is the one who had the most diverse voice and beats – and those who followed in his footsteps subsequently adopt his guitar R&B and often cinematic arrangements. On the subject of the clear musical prowess heard in his music, this is due to him being a self taught guitarist and pianist, plus his ability to sing quite competently through a combination of Alternative Rock emotion fused with Soul. But it is not just technique that XXXtentacion is known for – his songs and lyrics are designed to represent his actual being, as he himself invites the audience to enter his mind on intro track “The Explanation”, all but instructing millions of young fans to listen only if they agree to accept him and swear loyalty, creating a ‘Cult of the Depressed’ whose leader talks in a husky yet innocent sounding voice.

A Scream Rap Pioneer, But So Much More Than That

Listening to an early release like 2015’s “Save Me”, it is literally impossible to not get hyped to XXXtentacion’s violent and mesmerizing sound. I don’t think anyone really peeps this because the group is so old school, but ONYX in the 90s was as equally exhilarating to listen to. While Yung Lean, Bones, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Peep were certainly contributing to the burgeoning Emo Rap scene, I’m not sure if anyone scream-rapped with more authority and message sending power than X – as he would begin to prove especially with a song like “RIP Roach” on his deliriously diverse album REVENGE. Here could be found all the different eclectic styles – not just Scream Raps, and I think XXXtentacion is ultimately a pioneer like Kid Cudi was a few years before, interested in pushing what Hip Hop can really be. 17 would take this boundary pushing creed and go even further, and upon listening to its full contents, this album is decidedly R&B flavored, and certainly revolutionary in the same way Frank Ocean’s Blonde was for R&B. After the intro “The Explanation”, a bittersweet Slow Jam about a friend’s suicide bumps in a mesmerizing way on “Jocelyn Flores.” Over lo fi Soul riffs and acoustic echo, X raps “I'm in pain, wanna put ten shots in my brain / I've been tripping 'bout some things, can't change / suicidal, same time I'm tame / picture this, in bed, get a phone call / girl that you fucked with killed herself / that was this summer and nobody helped / and ever since then, man, I hate myself / wanna fucking end it.” It is striking that his struggle was hers, until she of course ended her life, and the whole song serves as a think piece, whether it is XXXtentacion’s personal debate, or a suicidal listener’s wrestlings with whether to end their life or not. The track is a window into that world, and it’s purpose is to certainly empathize with such troubled folks, presenting no easy solutions. Track 2’s consequences are explained by track 3’s recorded anguish, on “Depression & Obsession”, a straight up Alt Rock song set to sad guitar notes and lamentable vocals; “make out hill, where we met / we let our lips do all the talking and now I'm nothing / depression and obsession don't mix well.” The lyrics seem to explore how love leads to obsession if you are a depressed individual to start with, as nowhere in the content is there a break-up offense mentioned, but we definitely get the sense that XXXtentacion is in his feelings and whether or not he says he hates this girl he loves, he concedes “Hell, I think I'm just obsessed with you.” All of this is the mark of a talent who is multi-faceted, not just a rapper with a particular flow dish out.

From Alternative To R&B, XXXtentacion’s Music Is Brief But Beautiful

“Revenge” features such a mesmerizing overdub of X’s harmonies and brings to mind the slacker sound of the nineties Alternative songs that would actually bump too, such as, for example, Beck’s “Loser.” Exhibiting similarly moody chords, “Save Me” could have absolutely been viewed as a cry for help from a suicidal man who has already opened the album with a song about suicide, and his cynical words float on echoing guitar notes whilst forecasting his own untimely demise; “tell me when the fuck is it all gon' end / voices in my head telling me I'm gonna end up dead.” All the while on the album 17, what is striking is that much is expressed in the shortest possible amount of time, with the longest song 2:43 seconds but on average, under 2 minutes. Yes, this is the trend with SoundCloud era rappers, and it makes total sense as attention spans, and desired consumption time, has become drastically briefer. Who knows what a long X song would really be like, yet in this format, the quintessential stanzas and melody lines leave no space for fat. Speaking of brief but beautiful, on “Dead Inside”, XXXtentacion blends his barebones but compelling croon with yet more challenging and haunting chords, communicating to us the heart wrenching feeling of being cheated on, and being unable to get the images of infidelity out of one’s head, whether real or imagined. These lyrics are repeated in an R&B mode, on low quality audio that clocks in at 1:26, yet it’s emotion carries through, and I am struck with the understanding that this rapper very well could have commanded such a sizable cult, because for the fact that even his interludes are made to be listened to – even in a ‘Hip Hop’ setting, allowing for an emotional experience to be felt while cruising the gritty streets if you are hustler, or for truth to transcend the falsehoods of Trap and resonate with a suburban white kid listening in his Midwest bedroom, teaching him that thugs have vulnerable feelings just like him. With 17, XXXtentacion brings such worlds together like few other young Hip Hop artists. R&B prevails on “Orlando”, while Alternative reigns on “Ayala”, with both songs referring somewhat to low points in his life, “Orlando” being about where he was arrested in 2016, and “Ayala” being about his ex girlfriend who has been immortalized by allegedly cheating on him during his jail sentence – the same young woman whom would become the subject of his later domestic abuse charge. A troubled and conflicted man indeed.

Oh Yeah, XXXtentacion Also Raps On This Record, Like A Chameleon Of Sound

The beat is breezy classic J Cole type vibe on “Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares”, as X rapid flows with precision, delivering more depressing suicidal thoughts; “tired of feelin' like I'm trapped in my damn mind / tired of feelin' like I'm wrapped in a damn lie / tired of feelin' like my life is a damn game / nigga really wanna die in the night time.” I imagine that, when confronted with two gunmen demanding his Gucci bag stuffed with 50k, he fought back, instinctively, sure, but perhaps he truly had a permanent death wish running in the back of his mind, and it is in this indifference to one’s well being which possibly motivated him to fight rather than hand the money over and cower. Following a more Trap melody line is the melodic rap song “F**k Love”, a great example of the style of the sub genre, featuring Trippie Redd’s similar Alt Rock leanings during the vocal chorus. Then it’s back to a classic NY vibe with “Carry On”, where XXXtentaction once again displays his unbelievable lyricism and flow, proving that he has always been an artist who defies classification precisely because he is a chameleon of sound.

The Dead Live Again In XXXTentacion’s Magnificent Posthumous Record SKINS

If you’ve got a pair of working ears, you’ve likely heard Trap music invade pretty much every genre & even media outlet in the last 6 or so years, its signature triplet rhythms & ticking hi-hats burrowing their way into your brain like a disease. While many mainstream sources managed to quickly bastardize the genre, the ‘underground’ scene continued to flourish on SoundCloud, giving birth to a whole generation of…rappers? with their own distinct sound, giving today’s jaded youth a voice that truly represented them – regardless of how intelligible it was – with performers like XXXTentacion at the front of the pack leading the charge – Sadly, he was gunned-down in June of 2018, but just as his music had an incredible influence on the scene in life, his tracks continue to impress even in death with the release of SKINS, the first of potentially several posthumous record releases from the deceased artist.

Written by camjameson from Extraneous Routes / Feb 01, 2019

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"Xxxtentacion"

Born

    1998-01-23

Active

    2013–2018

Label

  • Bad Vibes Forever
  • Caroline
  • Empire
  • Capitol

About

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (January 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion (/ˌɛksˌɛksˌɛksˌtɛntəsˈjɒn/), was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter.
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