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.

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