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.
Lately Kodak Black has been in the media for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is accusing Master P of charging him for advice or Kodak dissing his contemporaries, the Florida rapper has finally decided to leave the distractions alone and return to the music. Today he released the sequel to his 2013 mixtape, “Project Baby“. Laced with 19 tracks and only a few features (Offset and XXXtentacion are the only big names), we get to hear plenty of Kodak. With a fan base that is continue to grow, I am sure they will be pleased. Take a listen to the project below.