Parisian Tone is an upcoming artist based out of both Paris and New York, demonstrating nothing less than raw talent. Through his recently dropped project Party Pack, Vol. 1, he proves his ability to glide lyrically over a mixture of classic and dreamy beats.
“Songs are sounding more like intimate conversations between you & I these days.”
Unlike much of the upcoming rap talent that has been seen throughout 2018, Parisian Tone preaches a diverse mixture of upbeat hooks and lyrical verses. There is a certain improvement and growth that can be heard within a matter of months between his Soundcloud releases. Bump his new shit as soon as you can, and keep an eye on Parisian Tone.
His highly awaited project will be dropping mid December, so make sure to stay tuned for that upcoming heat. In the meantime, check out his most recent project below.
With the announcement, tracklist, and release date of the unexpected Logic project, Young Sinatra IV all coming to the people’s knowledge within the past three weeks, it’s safe to say that the community of Logic fans are in a pure chaotic storm of excitement. Logic, aka Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, has consistently been growing his fan base for almost a decade and has absolutely gained one of the largest in the whole industry. His message of peace, love, and positivity went viral and attracted both hate and love from many. However, many claim that his newest years in the creation of music are far inferior to his beginnings despite the insane amount of numbers his tracks are reaching. I have no doubt that the sales of Young Sinatra IV will be stellar, but will the quality of it be the same as his original Young Sinatra Trilogy?
The reception of Logic’s projects have been mostly positive until the 2017 release of Everybody. Fans that had been the first founders of Logic music on 2011 YouTube even seemed to be disappointed with this album. There was something about it that didn’t hit the same as his classic freshman staple album Under Pressure did. Everybody got critical reception of being overly preachy, thematically repetitive and simply annoying compared to the nasty, flow ripping Logic many of us had come to know from his Young Sinatra days. Since then, a lot has changed about Logic as a person in general. He has had two Grammy nominations, shaved his head, gotten a divorce and admitted to smoking weed, so it makes his audience a little curious as to where exactly his head is at.
Logic - YSIV Freestyle - YouTube
However, with the release of the YSIV Freestyle on YouTube, followed by singles like The Return and Everybody Dies, fans definitely have their hopes up for what’s to come. He appears to be more focused and lyrical than ever giving us similar sounds and bars that we heard on Young Sinatra (2011), Young Sinatra: Undeniable (2012), and Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever (2013). It has been a long time since we have heard this style of Logic, but we will see if it is truly a return to form on this Friday, September 28th.
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1) ” CAROUSEL” by Travis Scott
This second track of Astroworld blew me away when I first heard it. The distant vocal sample that builds up the drop of the track and carries Travis’ vocals throughout the song is phenomenal. When Frank Ocean casually slid into the track after the one minute mark to form the chorus, my jaw dropped. Travis and Frank make a great combo and this is definitely one of the best tracks on Astroworld.
2) “Forever Ever (feat. Young Thug & Reese LaFLARE)” by Trippie Redd
The fifth track of Trippie Redd’s newest project, LIFE’S A TRIP, features Young Thug and Reese LaFLARE and is a smooth ballad talking about women and wealth. It contains the same great production that the rest of the project has and is super vibey. Young Thug always doing some weird ass vocals but it works here again, as it usually does.
3) “No Rest” by Lil Skies
Lil Skies is the golden boy of the newest generation of rappers and one of my favorite artists in the last decade, so whenever he drops new shit, I am never disappointed. Skies talks about his newfound lifestyle of riches and how he never has any time to take it easy. However, he still holds the idea that he is flexing on his haters and grinding harder than ever, a theme that is consistent on most of this tracks.
4) “SIRENS (feat. J.I.D.)” by Denzel Curry
I personally think TA13OO is one of the most diverse and interesting albums released this year. When I saw the J.I.D feature on this track I got very excited, as he holds down the throne of modern lyricism and is often compared to Kendrick Lamar. Per Denzel Curry, this track touches on deep issues such as the problems he faces with the media and America’s judicial system. Best track on the album.
5) “Car Confessions” by Young M.A
Young M.A really been killing shit lately, with this track and PettyWap popping off in the past month. In this track, she hops on a Meek Mill Dreamchasers type beat to tell us all of the thoughts she has when cruising alone in her car. It is easily one her most lyrical tracks to date and discusses the distractions and motivations she faces such as haters and family.
6) “1998 TRUMAN” by BROCKHAMPTON
BROCKHAMPTON has been steadily releasing tracks this summer, presumably from their upcoming album titled Puppy. They stay true to their style with this song full of beat switches and crazy percussion. It proves that even with Ameer, who was one of their most talented rappers, leaving their self proclaimed boy band, they can still turn up and make bangers.
7) “HOUSTONFORNICATION” by Travis Scott
This cameo to the Red Hot Chili Peppers is another one of my favorite tracks on Astroworld. I think this song really captures the atmosphere of Astroworld and puts the listener into the imaginary amusement park that Travis has birthed. He fills this song with all kinds of beat switches and famous ad libs, over spacey production. You can easily see its resemblance to older Travis projects like Rodeo.
8) “Ladders ” by Mac Miller
Mac Miller’s newest album is a journey through his own mind while learning to accept himself and the life he lives. This track is one of the more upbeat on the album and has the classic funky style instrumental that we have heard from Mac the past few years. His singing is some of the best I have heard from him and you can tell he is really feeling himself and weaving through the beat.
9) “Kept Back (feat. Lil Pump)” by Gucci Mane
Lil Pump and Gucci Mane come together on this track to create a straight trap, turn up song. There isn’t a whole lot of substance but surprisingly Lil Pump actually flows and raps tenfold better than he usually does. These two are some of the biggest rappers to hit the charts and when they collaborate on this Atlanta-esque beat, it was bound to slap and thump from the start.
10) “NOBU” by Dave East
If you read our articles here enough, you know I think Dave East is extremely slept on. In July he dropped his newest project titled Karma 2 which I haven’t really listened to much of, but I came across this track on my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify and dawg I was so impressed. His flow is nuts and the sinister beat just lets the listener know that he isn’t playing around at all.
Best Tracks: “Together” “Missing My Idols” “Forever Ever”
Worst Tracks: “Bird Shit” “Shake It Up”
In an era where the newest “mumble rapper” pops up every week, it’s easy to label Trippie Redd as a product of this wave and throw him into the mix, especially because of how quickly he has recently come up. He really only started taking off with his music career in 2017, and was crowned the title of a 2018 XXL Freshman, so Trippie Redd may be an unfamiliar name to many until the recent release of his debut studio album LIFE’S A TRIP which dropped this past Friday. Despite all of the labels and stereotypes suggesting mediocrity and unoriginality that you might hear alongside Trippie Redd’s name, he is far from any of that. This album gives us a genuine introduction to who he is and the loyalty he holds to his own unique style.
While there is definitely a baseline of hip hop surrounding its entirety, the album is not strictly bound by rap in any fashion. There are elements of rock and alternative influences over non traditional instrumentals, and a whole lot of singing, which shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise, as Trippie Redd is a self proclaimed “rockstar”. The influences and different style is implemented with unique guitar driven production on tracks like “Together” and “Bang!”. However, Trippie Redd is still an advocate and member of the hip hop culture, and he surprised myself and many others with his rapping ability on parts of this tape with songs like “Missing my Idols” and “Oomps Revenge”, where he happily delivers clever bars and intricate anecdotes about dead family members.
“Now the chips is stacking up, I need like every fucking penny
And everyone that’s with me
I used to feel alone, but I know my brother’s soul is with me
I know Oompa’s soul is with me”
The project isn’t perfect though, and can be seen with the tracks “Bird Shit” and “Shake It Up” where very basic and annoyingly repetitive lyrics make me yawn over the extremely dry production. Besides these two songs, Trippie can definitely carry himself through a project nearly solo, as he only has three features in Young Thug, Reese LaFLARE and Travis Scott, whom certainly add to the tracks they are in, but don’t take from Trippie’s spotlight.
LIFE’S A TRIP is a 14 track long, inside look at the life of Trippie Redd. Through dreamy singing and production on songs like “Wish (feat. Diplo)” and “Underwater FlyZone”, we truly get a taste of the hazy world that he lives in, and how difficult it might be for him to stay focused and composed through his inconsistent thought processes. With many different genres governing the direction of the album and Trippie as a whole, staleness can be avoided and a unique passion project is birthed. Trippie Redd has absolutely helped to verify his spot as a serious artist in the new age of “hip hop” and is worthy of all the hype he has received in the past few years.
It’s easy to be excited for Meek Mill with the recent release of his EP Legends of the Summer, especially after being released from jail only two months ago on April 24th, 2018. The man has faced issues with the law for over 10 years and is finally free to be back doing what he loves by supporting your Spotify and Apple Music playlists with his best new shit. How long will he be free though?
Meek Mill began having problems with the Philadelphia Police Department at the young age of 19, where Officer Reggie Graham arrested Meek for illegal possession of a firearm and seeing him distribute crack…who also just happened to be the lone witness during his conviction. In the recent years, Officer Graham has been found to be a dirty cop, containing a surprisingly lengthy track record of finessing both other cops and criminals through racial profiling and even physical measures sometimes.
Meek argued against Graham during his first hearings with Judge Brinkley, who would be the sole decider of his fate in the upcoming decade, but to no avail. Since Graham had been the only witness, it was his word that was taken, leaving Meek to serve his first of many jail sentences. After this, Meek and Brinkley remained in a war in between his meteoric rise of his music, his repeated jail sentences and his probation. It seemed that the more his music began to pop off, the more Brinkley wanted him to return to prison…or get her name popular from it.
In November of 2017, Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in jail for violating his probation by popping a wheelie on his motorcycle in the streets of Philly while recording a new music video. During this time, Brinkley met with Meek behind closed doors and requested in a reportedly very serious manner to remix a song she liked by Boyz II Men. She also asked for him to shout her name out in the song. Uhhh what? For a professional who seemed to be so against everything Meek did, she sure did want her name in the music that was making him millions of dollars. Meek declined and off to jail he went, until April 24th, 2018.
Meek Mill is now 31 years old, with two children, and has completely given up his street efforts of selling drugs and straps. His music has been popular for a decade, and you cannot deny that he is extremely successful. For some reason though, the United States jail system really wants to keep him locked up. Meek is just one example of the thousands of cases similar to this in our country that appears to not want people of color to have a chance at growing past their mistakes and indicative to a much larger issue we face in 2018. Watch his recent emotional performance of his new song “Stay Woke (feat. Miguel)” at the BET awards if you want a visual representation of what he feels is going on.
Thankfully, Meek Mill has a ton of supporters, both within his community and on a superstar level. Most of the Philadelphia 76er’s, the owner of the New England Patriots, and Jay-Z have all visited Meek in jail and been advocates of the changes that need to be made, definitely helping his message be seen on a larger level.
However, these changes won’t happen until the United States decides to do something about it, and of course our current all star government certainly could give less of a fuck. It blows my mind that this rapper hasn’t seen a day of his adult life without the hawk like supervision of the law, despite turning the entirety of his life around. I do think that his efforts and supporters help a lot to recognize these massive problems, and hopefully by the time we get a new president in 2021 the message will be clear that change in our court system is necessary.
This album made it clear that Drake was starting to fall out of his prime element, and hasn’t fully been able to recover yet. It was also the project where he began experimenting and expanding his sound with his new jamaican, dancehall vibe which is honestly what worked best with songs like “One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla)” and “Childs Play”. His rapping didn’t seem to be entirely there, and when it was, he was that unconfident Drake that makes us all roll our eyes.
Scorpion has only been out for about a week, but it was clear after the first few days that it wasn’t up to par with the best of Drizzy. He divided it into two sides, showing his Rap and R&B sides respectively, but it felt like he didn’t put his all into either. The album is extremely long at an hour and thirty minutes. There is certainly good songs where Drake comes in hot like “Mob Ties” and “Is There More” but it is mostly fillers and it should have gone through a stage where he cuts tracks and refines them rather than throwing it all together and calling it a day.
5) Thank Me Later
Thank Me Later was the album that really put Drake’s rapping career on the map during the peak of YMCMB’s empirical rise during the 2010 era. At the time it was phenomenal and showcased Drake’s versatility of singing and rapping with classic 2000 style production, but looking back, it doesn’t age so well. It definitely works, mostly from the nostalgia effect associated with it and I still find myself listening to “Over” and “Find Your Love” to relive the hype they had during the time.
4) More Life
This is technically a “playlist” curated by Drake, which to most, is a weak excuse at putting together an album that doesn’t entirely create a purpose behind it. However, I think that this project is a better version of Views where his jamaican dance sounds are much more defined and give the listener a better feeling of what he was trying to achieve on songs like “Passionfruit” and “Madiba Riddim”. He also has a few bangers on here where his rapping is braggadocious and classic amongst great features such as “Portland (feat. Quavo & Travis Scott)” and “Sacrifices (feat. 2 Chainz & Young Thug)”.
3) Nothing Was The Same
This is where it gets tricky, as all of the top 3 are phenomenal. Nothing Was The Same was another staple in Drizzy’s career where he made it clear he was certainly one of the best in the game. The whole theme is very introspective with his head in the clouds on the album art but not in an annoying, overly emotional way. Some of his hardest, yet simultaneously popular tracks come from this project in the form of “All Me (feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)” and “Started From the Bottom”. As a project, it feels like there isn’t a whole lot of filler and every song has its purpose, while also being unique enough to be distinguished from the others. The only thing holding it back from the #1 and #2 spots is how great the other two are.
2) Take Care
Drake is at his peak artistry and external appearance to the world with this album. Compared to albums like Views and Thank Me Later where he seems to mindlessly complain about his internal love struggles, he is much more composed and self aware to these lost loves and uses it as fuel for this work of art, which in turn creates a phenomenal album, if not a classic. Drake seems grown and luxurious while telling the stories of his life. His rapping and singing ability are both at some of their best simultaneously, supporting the other rather than contradicting. Songs like “HYFR” and “Headlines” show this triumph at its best.
1) If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
I like to think of this album as Drake getting released from his label ensued chains and showing his fullest potential, especially rapping. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late literally has no bad tracks and is back to back of the hardest hitting Drake verses I’ve heard. It has a clear theme, showing that you don’t want to fuck with Drake or get in his way, because of his legendary status and his ability to not care what anyone thinks (a thought process that he has definitely lost over the recent years). Production is some of the darkest, yet hardest we have heard on a Drake album, and a lot of the tracks instantly give me chills when the baseline hits such as “Madonna” or “Legend”. He gives us taste of that Drake R&B sound too, but only in small increments in between getting verbally assaulted by the verses, giving him a sound that I think works at its absolute best, making this an easy choice for his best career project.
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1) ” Stay Woke (feat. Miguel)” by Meek Mill
This is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Meek has been released after a long time struggle with the United States court system and this song gives us an insight to how he has been feeling, along with addressing a lot of other political fallacies, specifically police brutality. I don’t think there should be any shortage of political based songs until these changes that need to happen actually happen. The production is a classic Dreamchasers beat, plus a little more. Miguel kills this hook too, it’s a very hard yet emotional track.
2) “Mob Ties” by Drake
I’m sure you have all listened to Scorpion and although I don’t think it’s his best work, there is quite a bit of great songs next to the fillers. This is one of them. Mob Ties shows that Drake is experimenting with new sounds and vocals that we see more in the current rap scene, and he kills it. Similar to If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake comes in hot with his confident, banger rapping ability which I definitely prefer a lot more than his emotional, insecure side that we see in a lot of his music. Hardest song on the album.
3) “NICE” by The Carters
Beyonce and Jay-Z released this album a few weeks ago, but I have yet to fully listen to it all. I came across this song the other day and absolutely love it. The feature of Pharrell automatically gives it a happy vibe. It’s filled with all kinds of references to their old discography and just has be feeling real nice. Beyonce raps a lot on this album too, and surprisingly enough, it works and sounds ever better with her husband splitting the verses. They all old as hell but this track just proves that legends never die.
Yung Bans recently dropped his project titled Vol. 5 which is probably the most anticipated one of his short lived career so far. He was able to secure Landon Cube and YBN Nahmir in this chill vibe song and to my surprise they all work really well with it. They already got a music video directed by Cole Bennett for this song too which I recommend watching it’s lowkey funny. It’s cool to see Nahmir on this type of beat and his flow works really well on it. Unfortunately, the rest of Yung Bans new project wasn’t that great, but this song is definitely unique.
5) “GHOST” by Jaden Smith
Something about monotone Jaden Smith rapping on a hard beat is just so sinister. This is first single from his upcoming album releasing on July 8th, and if you know me, I think Jaden Smith is very slept on as a musician, so I was for sure excited to hear a taste of what it’s going to be like with this song. Very short song and honestly there isn’t a lot of substance but it slaps and has Jaden flexing about his rap influences and the life he lives in general. Very reminiscent of the song “Breakfast (feat. A$AP Rocky)” from his last album.
6) “Talk to Me (feat. Rich the Kid)” by Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez has been poppin’ up on the charts everywhere lately, and we all know his voice when we hear it. He kills hooks everywhere and has the vibe that will get ya girl in bed real quick and this song is no exception. Plus, the addition of Rich the Kid adds a lot to it too, even though he strictly talks about cars and his girl giving good head. This is a good, soft track and just slightly better than the other popular song right now with Tory Lanez by Shy Glizzy “Do You Understand?”
7) “Bigger Than You (feat. Drake & Quavo)” by 2 Chainz
This lowkey just a classic 2 Chainz song but the addition of Drake and Quavo help add to it’s overall effect a lot. 2 Chainz appears to pop up on every single album with a feature these days so I surprised when I saw his own track that slaps. Drake definitely got the better verse in this song and Quavo for sure works his addictive hook magic. Just a good vibe song for the summer.
8) “Wow Freestyle (feat. Kendrick Lamar) ” by Jay Rock
Man, I still haven’t fully listened to the new Jay Rock album but this song has no doubt been replayed many times in my car. You really can’t argue that whenever Kendrick hops on a track, especially with his fellow TDE member, that it won’t go in. They both alternate back and forth changing flows and working really well together with that TDE chemistry. Production is also fire, and I probably need to listen to Jay Rock’s new project real soon because if it’s anything like this song then I’m already a fan.
9) “Ghost Busters (feat. Ski Mask the Slump God & XXXTentacion)” by Trippie Redd
Rip X. I love that Trippie and Ski dropped a track with him in it after his death and it’s even greater that this song is so fire. Bunch of the best new school rappers on one track headed by Trippie Redd and all three of them bring something unique to the song. I think a lot of people sleep and doubt new school rappers, but they all have only been around for 2 years or less and show that they definitely have skill. The beat is real ominous and mix that with some cartoon references such as Danny Phantom and Caspar than you already got me loving this track.
10) “Us (feat. Gunna)” by Dave East
Both of these guys are on the verge of come ups at the moment and this track helps to shine on their individual talent even more. I’ve been listening to Dave East for a while and have been very impressed with his style and Gunna seems to be homies with all kinds of rappers, catching features on what seems like half of new tracks these days. I’m not complaining though, he also has a really unique delivery and both of them together is for sure a deadly combo. I think Dave East got a new project dropping too so keep an eye out.
YBN can easily be called a dream team of young rappers. YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay, and YBN Cordae have all pioneered the huge wave of the name and what it holds today. It all began within an Xbox Live party too. Nahmir has always been into content creation and this originally came in the form of posting gaming livestreams, specifically GTA V. Him and his friends would just be chilling in the Xbox Live party spitting freestyles while cruising around the online world of Los Santos. Little did anyone know that this would turn into one of the biggest new emerging rap movements to be identified today.
Like I said, it all began with the mastermind movements of Nahmir. After spending countless hours rapping online and living like a teenager in Birmingham, Alabama, he decided to drop his first hit song through Worldstar called “Rubbin Off The Paint” in September of 2017 which took off like a rocket. He immediately gained a following and continued this exponential growth with “Bounce Out With That” which he dropped in January of 2018, following closely to the numbers that “Rubbin Off The Paint” did. From his music you could tell he had a certain style that allowed him to move fluidly with his unique flow over bouncy beats and production. His clear ability to make absolute hits even landed him on the XXL Freshman Cover this year, where we anxiously await his performance on the cypher.
YBN ALMIGHTY JAY
The next member of YBN to come up was Almighty Jay, fresh from the Xbox Live party that Nahmir used to hang out in too. He saw how well Nahmir did and figured he might as well become a hit maker too, where he released “Chopsticks” in November of 2017. His style compared to Nahmir is more aggressive and hard, allowing the YBN movement to diversify. Almighty Jay used this newfound fame to quickly rise up the ranks of celebrities and found himself in a relationship with the infamous Blac Chyna who was over 10 years older than him. Everybody was shook by his ability to secure females quickly and this became a staple of his name. Jay definitely got the juice.
More recently, YBN Cordae has come into the spotlight of the group’s success. Cordae began popping off when he released his J Cole 1985 Response via Worldstar in May of 2018. This definitely had all eyes on him quickly with it amounting over a million views within the week. People were surprisingly impressed with the track and Cordae’s classic ability to spit intelligent bars, seemingly closing the generational gap between old heads and new heads. Since then, he has dropped another single and landed himself a No Jumper interview, where he showed that YBN had gained themselves a smart lyricst, extending their operations in even more directions. He even dapped up J Cole at the BET Awards, proving that there was never any beef.
Watch any interview or video with all three of these guys together and you can see that there is a real team chemistry. They all have their own unique lanes, but can goof off and be themselves around each other. I think one of the most interesting things about YBN is their foundations and what they show about our current world. They demonstrate both aspects of friendship and business, while also proving yet again to the world that you don’t need to be a 40 year old adult with college degrees to make it big. This million dollar, team operation was literally founded from an Xbox party and they can now be seen everywhere within the culture. Use YBN as inspiration for yourself and your dreams, and really watch out for what they accomplish the next few years within the rap scene.
If you love rap and also love chilling on a California beach getting high as a kite, then Yung Pinch’s music is absolutely for you. Yung Pinch is an emerging artist from the Huntington Beach area which isn’t typically connected to rap music at all. He is known for making good vibe music, and it has me feeling some type of way. I might be biased since I go to college in Southern California (Go Aztecs) but I think he has a really unique style that is definitely looking like it could blow up within the next year.
Pinch began his hip hop career about four years ago where, just like many others, he began posting his tracks on Soundcloud. His earlier tracks were familiar to that of classic hip hop, but over time he found a sound that fits him a lot more. I still consider it hip hop, but he incorporates all kinds of melodic singing and hooks with the rap verses to give it a one of a kind feel. You hear everybody talk about consistency these days, but Yung Pinch proves that this is an essential key for success. He currently uploads some sort of media/content, whether it be a music video, new song, or a whole new project every Friday, which he calls #4EVERFRIDAY. This has no doubt allowed him to gain consistent new fans while also demonstrating that he appreciates them, an act that many artists forget to do these days. While on the subject, his music videos are some of the best in my opinion. They always have a quality production style to them with the best effects you can imagine. I don’t even think I have seen an artist with this many music videos and as a person who dabbles in music video directing as well, I respect it a lot. They definitely trip you out every now and then too which fits his music perfectly.
As far as drugs go, Yung Pinch is even for the kids. He doesn’t partake in lean, xans, coke or any other harming drugs! Simply the all beloved green plant. This is because of his family history revolving drugs. Both of his parents have struggled with drug addiction, forcing him to live with his Grandma and fill the “man of the house” shoes early on. It also instilled an anti drug policy within him, but he still blows that gas 24/7.
I wouldn’t say that Yung Pinch is underrated by any means, as he has toured with SOB x RBE and headlined for Migos, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti. He also has tracks with big names like Lil Skies and G-Eazy. With his Instagram at already 300k followers, and his Spotify listeners at nearly 3 million, it’s pretty obvious that we need to keep an eye on Yung Pinch.
These are all words that could have been used to describe Jahseh Onfroy, also known as XXXTentacion. This is certainly not the first time you are reading or hearing about his death, but I really wanted to write an article about his life and the influence he had on the hip hop scene as we know it today. It is heartbreaking what happened to X and he absolutely did not deserve it no matter what you think and I don’t want to hear any slander to his name. The short lived life of Jahseh Onfroy has made a lasting impact that will ring through the bells of hip hop and the hearts of the youth for centuries to come.
Starting his public career in 2013, X began his path through a series of different music that would constantly be evolving and changing. This would become a staple of his name, and an idea that he took to his heart. His early era revolved around the underground, grunge SoundCloud scene. He often blended elements of rap and metal that combined parts of the emerging Southern Florida scene can still be identified throughout the platform today. As he developed to a more well rounded artist, he began to grow towards the melodic hip hop sound that we had really began to hear from him in the past year or so. His first studio album “17” was unlike anything we had ever heard from him, giving a sound to the depression that not only he faced, but many of his listeners faced. He continued with this sort of style as he evolved to his second studio album “?” released March of 2018. Through both of these albums, he had achieved pinnacle chart numbers with “SAD!” and “Jocelyn Flores” proving to the world that his desire to be unique and in touch with the youth wasn’t taken lightly and very much appreciated. It is obvious through his discography ranging from the intense “Look at Me!” to the sorrowful ballad of “Jocelyn Flores” to the boom bap NY style “infinity (888)”, that originality and diversity in music was no challenge for XXXTentacion.
Amongst X’s earliest exposure on the podcast run by Adam22, “No Jumper” it was clear that his mind was a little more violent and rage filled than a so called typical person. However, he made it clear that his overall intent was positivity and unification for the youth, and world even, which he proved up until his last days. His perceived aggression combined with his troubled past and family issues, landed his name in a sour spotlight many times, whether it be true or not. It sometimes seemed as if the world was against him, whether it be the law and prison, or immense amounts of hate he received daily, despite changing many people’s lives.
One of the most admirable traits of X was his ability to help and inspire others. This took the form of fans, friends, or other artists. Uncountable amounts of fans have credited X’s music as life changing or even life saving, helping them with issues of depression. X’s ability to be his entire self without any censorship or care for what others have to say was mind blowing to many. These traits, among many others helped him gain approval from icons in the rap game such as A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar
It’s no surprise that the death of XXXTentacion has already had a massive effect on the entirety of social culture within 48 hours. He has been a living manifestation of what it means to follow your dreams while being yourself, even through all of the internal demons you might face. His death, or life for that matter, is one that will never be forgotten.