RIP @xxxtentacion. X shared a message with us if he ever passed away. RIP Jahseh Onfroy. "'Do not let your depression make you.’ - 'You're mind is limitless, you are worth more than you can believe'". Regardless of his controversial past, he did not deserve to die, especially so young. We do not like to define people only by the worst things they have ever done.
X's music addressed real issues of isolation, sense of hopelessness you feel when your depressed and helped us all understand how messed up your mind can be when your in this state.
XXXTentacion’s rise began at the end of 2015 when the then 17-year-old rapper uploaded “Look At Me!” to SoundCloud that – almost single-handedly – changed the way hip-hop looks and sounds. He hit the charts with no record label, no publicist, no radio play and a near-total press blackout. Soon, it felt like the world's most culture-shifting rap superstars were taking notes from him. Within a year, he would amass a legion of fans and become the face of a burgeoning subgenre – despite the fact that it seemed like the only photo of him was his 2016 mugshot. Within two, he would have a Number One album that sounded like nothing else on the charts, save for imitators in his wake. By 20, he was dead.
Though XXXTentacion is gone, it's hard to imagine a scenario where his musical influence won't be looming large for years to come. His recordings helped signal a new era of post-streaming. Though his life story will – justifiably – focus on the grisly details of the domestic abuse allegations, his look, sound, feel and raw emotion will still be touching nerves in rap's bleeding edge.
The R&B singer, Jidenna called the accusations against XXXTentacion “horrific” but argued that people can change. "I will never demonize an individual without criticizing the society and/or circumstance in which they were raised." ______________________________________________________
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