XXXTentacion has been one of the most enigmatic artists as of late. The Broward County rapper, who came to fame alongside South Florida comrades Ski Mask the Slump God and Lil Pump, has built the most versatile catalog in his peer group.
While his breakout hit “Look At Me” was a blueprint for South Florida’s new imprint of distorted bass and aggressive flows, his debut album 17 featured nothing of the like and demonstrated a much more sensitive, introspective ability. Though X’s musical maturity is often overshadowed by his current legal situation, he can rely on a devoted fan base to witness his progression on his latest ? album.
The aptly named ? album was preceded by only two singles — “Sad” and “Hope” — which were released simultaneously. While “Hope” is an emotionally cinematic tribute to the victims of the Parkland shooting, “Sad” is quietly climbing its way up the Billboard 200, currently at No. 17, earning him his highest chart position to date. The album is less a body of work and more a stream of consciousness for X. Examples include the ironically titled dance tune “I dont even speak spanish lol” to his acoustic “before I close my eyes” to the “lyrical infinity (888)” with Joey Bada$$.
Joey had expressed his interest to work with X last year on Everyday Struggle, revealing intentions to book him in New York, but had to cancel due to a concerns from the venue regarding X’s stage presence. The two recently collaborated last week on a “King’s Dead” freestyle.