Florida rapper/singer/songwriter, XXXTentacion, returns with a new song dedicated to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that tragically transpired last week. X included the following message on his Soundcloud page:
“follow your dreams, and know that even though you have lost, you have guardian angels watching over you, day in and day out, the last thing they want is for their lives to be lost in vein, make them proud! live full, healthy, genius lives!“
The artist also took to Instagram (below) to explain his intent for the new track
After months of waiting, XXXTentacion unleashes his very first album, 17 [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE]. It’s availableHERE. Upon going live, the platinum-certified critically acclaimed South Florida alternative trailblazer and XXL “Freshman” Cover star vaulted into the Top 5 of iTunes Top Rap/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Top 5 of the Overall Top Albums Chart.
Awash in moody piano, strained guitars, and hypnotic minimalist production, 17asserts him as a young, vulnerable, and vital voice for his era by reinterpreting “alternative” as we know it. The post-millennial Generation Z’s answer to Kurt Cobain, XXXTentacion holds nothing back and cuts deep. You’ll feel each verse from the confessional spoken word of “The Explanation” where he says, “17. A collection of nightmares, thoughts, and real life situations I’ve lived. 17 is the number tattooed on the right side of my head, my own personal number. So to be explained in future interviews or instances, by listening to this album you are literally, and I cannot stress this enough, literally entering my mind. And if you are not willing to accept my emotion and hear my words fully, do not listen. I do not value your money. I value your acceptance and loyalty. Here is my pain and thoughts put into words. I put my all into this in hopes that it will help cure or at least numb your depression. I love you, thank you for listening. Enjoy.”
Not only does he handle vocals, he also executive produced and plays instruments on 17.
XXXTentacion’s “Look At Me!” has exploded from an underground anthem into a Billboard Hot 100 mainstay, landing at #34 on the chart and speeding towards an RIAA Gold certification. In less than six months, the track has amassed over 47.4 million Spotify streams and 62.1 million Soundcloud plays. Along the way, XXXTentacion received the endorsement of everyone from Lil Yachty and Erykah Badu to Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky who proclaimed him, “The hardest in Florida” on social media. Moreover, he’s engendered the passion of a massive cult following spanning an audience of 809K on Soundcloud and 429K on Twitter.
Photograph of EMPIRE Founder & CEO, Ghazi Shami, with XXXTentacion
Taken on March 29th, 2017 in Broward County, Florida
#XFREE !! EMPIRE’s Founder and CEO Ghazi Shami has confirmed that 19 year-old South Florida Independent Rapper/Songwriter XXXTentacion has been released from Paul Rein Detention Facility on probation. The triumphant news echoes worldwide as his chart-topping debut single, “Look At Me!,” hits 150 million streams and breaks through Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, currently positioned at #66. Get the single HERE. What’s more, XXXTentacion (pronounced Eks-Eks-Eks-Ten-Tah-See-Ohn) has announced a unique partnership with American distribution company and record label, EMPIRE. He joins an illustrious family that includes the likes of Anderson .Paak, Fat Joe, D.R.A.M., Lloyd, and many more. “From Kendrick Lamar to The Migos, to D.R.A.M. and Anderson .Paak, we pride ourselves in working with gifted artists early on in their career. XXXTentacion is a unique talent and we’re excited to be in partnership with him, helping him bring his vision to life,” said Ghazi Shami.
Following a string of steady viral hits such as “Kill Me” and “YuNg BrAtZ,” “Look At Me!” has exploded from an underground anthem into a Billboard Hot 100 mainstay. In less than six months, the track has amassed over 150 million streams and is featured on top playlists including Apple, Spotify, Pandora and more. Along the way, XXXTentacion received the endorsement of everyone from Lil Yachty and Erykah Badu to Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky who proclaimed him, “The hardest in Florida” on social media. Moreover, he’s engendered the passion of a massive cult following spanning an audience of 441K on Soundcloud and 309K followers on Instagram. That’s just the beginning though.
Spewing raw rage and a powerful primal scream, “Look At Me!” illuminates his inimitable style steeped in a furious hip-hop cadence, alternative mystique, and heavy metal aggression.
Collaborative projects such as Members Only Vol. 1 and Members Only Vol. 2 with Ski Mask “The Slump God” in 2015 and last year’s Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer EP instigated rabid fan chatter online. Showcasing various styles from a screech to a croon over lo-fi beats, XXXTentacion cooks up a hybrid of rap, R&B, punk rock, and metal. It’s a singular sound that’s already garnered the attention of Pitchfork, XXL, _HotNewHipHop__, and more. It’s simply XXXTentacion, and rap music might never be the same.