One of the most favorite singers especially of the youth, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy being the real name of the musical sensation XXXtentacion, was born in Florida. The artist had started his journey in the music industry through Soundcloud which is a platform for all the people interested in spreading their love for music. Having a great and huge number of fanbase, the artist was able to rise above all the bounds in his past life and touched the hearts of millions of youth. One of the most unfortunate and sad part about the artist was his death when he was shot by a group of four people in a robbery which left his fans disheartened and in shock. The twenty years old artist had left the world, but his songs always lingered all around making his musical journey successful even after his death. Making his debut in the huge English musical industry was the song “LOOK AT ME” which was at first regarded popular in an average rate but secured a great appreciation later when this song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. SKINS, the album released in the year 2018, was the third studio album by the artist. The rapper and the songwriter’s last album before death, SKINS has received a large popularity and love. The most popular track of the album was “BAD” which was his fifth posthumous single and his third posthumous single to go to platinum. The album’s first release was in the artist’s Instagram profile where he sang first line of the song. The music video became extremely popular with time when it reached over more than 30 million views. The late artist had taken out many anime- styled video clips along with the song and it got many votes and much love from the fans all over the world. The album was made in collaboration with American rapper Kanye West who later also released some snippets from X’s album that had also made many more fans. Taking from the song videos to just the tunes and the lyrics, the album was at the top of the US Billboard 200. It was unfortunate and ill-fated that after 3 months from the release of the album, the artist was shot dead.
12 albums, 123 tracks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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- Feb 11, 2019XXXTentacion Was Reportedly Rejected for Grammys In Memoriam
- Feb 11, 2019Late Rapper XXXTentacion Rejected for Grammys In Memoriam Segment
- Feb 11, 2019Grammys Exclude XXXTentacion, Scott Hutchison, Pete Shelley From 2019 “In Memoriam”
- Jan 30, 2019Danish Band Lukas Graham Remove XXXTentacion Cover From Spotify
- Jan 27, 2019XXXTentacion's Son Is Born 7 Months After Rapper's Death
- Jan 27, 2019XXXTentacion's Son Is Born 7 Months After Rapper's Death — and X Picked the Name
- Dec 14, 2018XXXTentacion: Skins
- Dec 13, 2018XXXTentacion Revealed as “Surprise” Guest on New Spider-Man Soundtrack
- Bad Vibes Forever
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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