By Jack Barnes
Crushing multiple charts, XXXTentacion (pronounced “Eks-Eks-Eks-Ten-Tah-See-Ohn”) impressively seizes #2 on the Billboard Top 200 with his very first album, 17 [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE]. Moreover, it entered at #1 on the Apple Music Chart and is currently #2 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart.
The full-length debut from the platinum-certified critically acclaimed South Florida alternative trailblazer and XXL “Freshman” Cover star impressively generated over 100+ million streams in under seven days’ time. Beyond garnering 13.2 Million streams, “Jocelyn Flores” stands out as the #1 song on Apple Music and #3 on the Spotify U.S. Top 50. “Fuck Love” [feat. Trippie Redd] surpassed 9.3 million Spotify streams as 9 of the 11 tracks crossed the 5 million-mark.
Moreover, he caught a major co-sign from hip-hop icon Kendrick Lamar who tweeted, “Listen to this album if you feel anything.” Pitchfork claimed, “17presents 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.”
It’s just the beginning though. XXXTentacion has emerged as the post-millennial Generation Z’s answer to Kurt Cobain. Stay tuned for a whole lot more from him in 2017 and beyond.
Check out the full tracklisting below!
It’s been a wild year for the independent artist. His breakout “Look At Me!” earned an RIAA Platinum certification and carved out a spot on the BillboardHot 100 at #34. He delivered a now legendary performance at Rolling Loud and sold out every date of his Revenge headline tour. 17 stands out as a true independent phenomenon.
Powered by X’s own Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE, it sold 80,000 copies in a week, making for one of 2017’s most impressive debuts. This continues a tradition of breaking trendsetters for EMPIRE that includes massive success with Kendrick Lamar, D.R.A.M., Anderson .Paak, and many more. X and EMPIRE did this on their own terms!
Collaborative projects such as Members Only Vol. 1 and Members Only Vol. 2with Ski Mask “The Slump God” in 2015 and last year’s Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer EP instigated rabid fan chatter online about XXXTentacion. In the aftermath, he’s engendered the passion of a massive cult following spanning an audience of 2.8 million on Instagram, 1.2 million on Soundcloud and 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. Showcasing various styles from a screech to a croon over lo-fi beats, the 19-year-old 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, Complex, and more. It’s simply XXXTentacion, and alternative music might never be the same.
1. “Jocelyn Flores”
2. “Depression & Obsession”
3. “Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares”
5. “Save Me”
6. “Dead Inside (Interlude)”
7. “Fuck Love” Feat. Trippie Redd
8. “Carry On”
10. “Ayala (Outro)”
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