By Jack Barnes
? represents an innate evolution for a modern icon and arguably the voice of his generation: XXXTentacion (pronounced “Eks-Eks-Eks-Ten-Tah-See-Ohn”). Speaking to urgent fan demand and excitement worldwide, platinum-selling acclaimed South Florida alternative trailblazer and XXL “Freshman” Cover star
XXXTentacion will unveil his full-length debut, ? [Bad Vibes Forever], at all digital retailers on Friday March 16, 2018. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The artist introduced ? with a pair of radically diverse and dynamic singles singles—“SAD!” and “changes”. They illustrate the expanse of his singular signature style, with the former thriving on forlorn energy and the latter centered around stark and sparse tones. Amidst airy beats, industrial snaps, and crying synths, his incisive melodies cut deep on “SAD!” as he confesses, “Suicide if you ever try to let go, uh I’m sad, I know, yea, I’m sad.” In under one week’s time, both singles globally generated over 100+ million cumulative streams and counting, in addition to peaking at #4 on the Apple and Spotify US Chart and #13 on Spotify’s Global Chart. Meanwhile, the haunting, piano-driven “changes,” with its somber admission “My heart can’t take this damage,” is a fan favorite—making him one of
Spotify’s most-listened to artists in the world. He also dedicated the inspirational single “Hope” to victims of the Parkland City shooting. Hitting drastically close to home, the school is located in Broward County —the artist’s hometown. Its heart-wrenching lyrics gave a voice to countless kids affected by this tragedy, empowering them and engendering strength. Countless fans shared the song and posted it. XXXTentacion continues taking every chance
he can to utilize his platform to help others in need, whether it be visiting a local foster care, or donating money and goods to kids on the street. In keeping with that spirit, he announces the hometown “A Helping Hand” performance Sunday March 18 at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, FL. Pre-sale tickets are $25, while day-of
tickets will be $50. Get them HERE.
Known for cathartic honesty that’s turned millions of fans into believers, ? showcases his most poignant, powerful, and personal writing to date. An autobiographical trip through his mind, heart, and soul, he personally contributed
guitar and keys in addition to writing every single song. Close collaborator John Cunningham handled the bulk of production. Additionally, he joins forces with Travis Barker, Matt Ox, and PnB Rock over the course of the tracklisting.
? might be the answer countless listeners have been looking for. “This is everything I promised you,” said XXXTentacion. “This is me. I will never not be honest with you. I had to do this for you.” Excitement is reaching a boiling point among his fans and peers. During an interview with No Jumper, J. Cole proclaimed XXXTentacion as “talented,” while mega-star Kylie Jenner soundtracked a recent Snapchat story with “SAD!” He counts Erykah Badu and A$AP Rocky among fans as Kendrick Lamar tweeted, “Listen to this album if you feel anything,” regarding his gold-certified 2017 project, 17.
Early on, Pitchfork claimed, “17 presents X as impressively adept at reconciling his influences into a sound that is shockingly elegant…This is the hottest new rapper of 2017.” Meanwhile, HITS Daily Double wrote, “His often dark, searching songs blend lo-fi hip-hop, acoustic soul and alternative, and are clearly touching a nerve.” Vulture praised his “Raw emotion,” and New York Times called it “Low-fidelity and insistent.” Fans have taken the charge now and made him the post-millennial Generation Z’s answer to Kurt Cobain. Get ready for ?…
Check out the full tracklisting below!
There is literally nobody like XXXTentacion, and that’s why he’s become a source of inspiration and hope for kids around the world. A Molotov cocktail of brash industrial, punk spirit, metal energy, hip-hop bombast, and alternative emotion, he vaulted into the mainstream consciousness with “Look At Me!” notching an RIAA platinum certification and a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at #34. Meanwhile, his gold-certified first project, 17, bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and yielded a searing hit in the form of “Jocelyn Flores.” His total streams tally more than 1
billion so far. This is only the start.
1. Introduction (Instructions)
2. ALONE, PT 3
5. the remedy for a broken heart (why am I so in love)
6. Floor 555
8. Infinity (888) (feat Joey Bada$$)
9. going down!
10. Pain = BEST FRIEND (feat Travis Barker)
11. $$$ (feat MATT OX)
12. love yourself (Interlude)
13. SMASH! (feat PnB Rock)
14. I don’t even speak spanish LOL
16. hope (all proceeds to Douglas shooting survivor Anthony Borges)
18. before i close my eyes
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