Controversy Aside, XXXTENTACION Delivers A Dope Project
When XXXTENTACION (I still can not pronounce his name ) burst onto the hip hop scene, he was instantly encompassed in controversy. I first caught wind of him while he was still locked in prison. It a disheartening statistic that in hip hop music, prison is common place, yet it was XXX actual charges that were alarming. XXX had pending charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery on his alleged pregnant ex-girlfriend, including charges of domestic battery by strangulation placed by the victim. With all that information going public, I wrote XXXTENTACION off. I did not give his a music a chance and intentionally avoided it. Yet I was still fascinated with what everyone else saw in this guy. With court looming and if found guilty, he could be facing major time, I told myself to let the justice system work. If everything that was being spewed about XXX turned out to be true, I would literally be done with his music. Yet until then, I thought maybe give the kid a chance. Finally XXX drops his first complete body of work and it is his debut project, “17“. Against everything morally right within me, I gave the project an honest listen. I was thoroughly surprised by the fact that it was actually an “alright” album.
With myself not staying current with his offerings, I was caught off guard to learn that he was more than just a rapper, but he could sing as well. There was without a doubt a talented artist inside of him. Also the fact that is decided to tackle a taboo subject such as “depression” on this album really caught my attention. If XXX can get his self together, the potential for this guy is limitless. Yet I guess we will have to sit back and see what the future holds for this young man.
XXXTENTACION – “17“
(August 25th, 2017)
Make sure you go online to Itunes and download a few copies, or just hit up Tidal, Spotify, or Apple Music and just stream the hell out of it!