By Jack Barnes
Kicking off Art Basel on Thursday, December 6, the XXXTentacion Foundation and EMPIRE will host the official SKINS Album Release Party at RC Cola Plant in Miami, FL. The concert will feature DJ Carnage, London On Da Track, Trippie Redd, DJ Scheme, Ski Mask The Slump God, PnB Rock, Matt OX, Members Only and surprise guests. The event is produced by SWARM and powered by 1AM. LiveXLive is set to livestream the concert for fans around the world starting at 9pm. Tickets are $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit local Florida organizations supporting homeless shelters, single mothers and at-risk youth.
Tickets to attend can be purchased HERE.
Primed to be a highlight of 2018’s Art Basel, this exclusive event both celebrates the arrival of the iconic artist’s third full-length album, SKINS, and his enduring spirit. Meanwhile, the mega-anticipated album will be available everywhere at the stroke of midnight via Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE.
The party promises to be a night to remember, to say the least. Among many highlights, fans get the opportunity to hear the record first during an exclusive preview. To celebrate the song collaboration “One Minute” featuring Kanye West on XXXTentacion‘s SKINS, YEEZY will debut a 3-piece merch capsule, printed on YEEZY blanks, featuring graphics by JJ Villard. In addition, Bravado curated a limited-edition collection inspired by the album, that will be exclusively available at the event. Attendees will also be able to pick up a special issue of Generation X magazine. The publication features an exclusive new interview with XXXTentacion and producer and co-executive producer of ? and SKINS, John Cunningham. Not to mention, never-before-seen photos adorn the issue created, curated, and published by the artist’s team and Tiny Splendor. Building a truly immersive space, photo experiences allow attendees to capture unforgettable moments as Member’s Only’s DJ Scheme spins a tribute set for the evening’s soundtrack.
Rounding out the night, powerhouse producers DJ Carnage and London On Da Track take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert joined by some of XXXTentacion’s biggest A-list supporters, admirers, collaborators and friends including Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, PnB Rock, Matt Ox, Member’s Only and more!
Fueling anticipation further, the tracklisting for SKINS has been uncovered yesterday. A fitting swan song for the young legend, these ten tracks tap into the unbridled, unbreakable, and undeniable catharsis that endeared XXXTentacion to millions worldwide.
The glitchy choir of “Guardian angel” gives way to some of his most precise and potent rapping, hinging on rapid-fire rhymes. Haunting piano burns against his emotive lyricism on the steamrolling of “Train food” as he offers up a detailed and diaristic confession, “I was lost.” “Staring at the Sky” snaps from an acoustic moan into a thunderous scream backed by drums from none other than blink-182’s Travis Barker. Over ominous guitars, Kanye West locks into a pummeling duet with XXXTentacion on the rap/rock mash-up “One Minute,” also featuring Barker’s percussive talents. Everything culminates on the delicate and dark dreamscape of “what are you so afraid of.” A faint acoustic murmurs beneath his soulful delivery on the final question, “What are you so afraid of? Is it love?”
The single “BAD!” preceded the record, clocking over 150 million YouTube views to date. It also debuted at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is pending RIAA gold certification. Adding on to a long list of awards and accolades this year, XXXTentacion, John Cunningham and X’s manager Solomon Sobande were honored in Variety Magazine’s 2018 Hitmaker issue for their work on “SAD!,” which is this year’s third most popular song according to BuzzAngle Music.
XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. In 2017, he unleashed his debut 17, which bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went RIAA platinum. Less than six months later, his second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES”(2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.
Check out the full tracklisting of XXXTentacion’s transformative masterpiece below, and preorder SKINS HERE!
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