We’ve been very blessed this year with the crazy amount of music being released every day, but one album has stuck out to me the most. XXXTentacion, the south Florida native dropped “?” March 16th of this year, and I still cannot stop listening.
I’ve been a fan of X for about a year and a half, although it’s hard to enjoy his music at times with all of the allegations of domestic abuse surrounding him. I’m on Instagram practically all day and that’s where all the snippets for his album where coming from. I would go on YouTube and find looped versions of the snippets to listen to, so long story short I was pretty excited for the upcoming project.
Once the album dropped I was amazed at how diverse this album was. The entire album ranged from reggaeton to classic hip-hop to that angsty rap that X is known for. As I’m writing this post I’m currently listening to this album while dancing around at my desk. There are so many amazing songs on this album that I play nearly everyday, but my personal favorites are “SAD!” and “I don’t even speak spanish lol”. I’d been listening to low quality snippets of “SAD!” and I was so pumped to hear the final CDQ. As soon as I started playing this track and the 808’s kicked in I had to make room to dance around my house. The song is so emotional and relatable, but the uptempo beat keeps you from breaking down and crying. The chorus gets straight to the point, and that is what X wanted to do with his project. In the intro he informs the audience that the point of this project was a to say a lot while using few words, and I think X did an absolute amazing job of doing so. At times you might not understand what he is saying, but you’ll be able to understand the underlying pain and hope that lies within him.
The internet side of hip-hop lost their shit when X posted a snippet of him working on a reggaeton track, and they definitely had a right to do so. I personally love reggaeton and I’m a huge fan of J Balvin so I’ve been dabbling in the reggaeton scene for a while. Within the first few seconds of listening to “I don’t even speak spanish lol” I knew it was a hit. Everything about the song makes you want to dance and sing along, even if your spanish is a bit off! The chorus will get everybody off their feet and moving, I’m currently doing a sitting salsa dance while writing. This track shows off X’s wide array of musical talents, and proves to the world that you cannot simply label him a “soundcloud rapper”.
If you’re a person who truly enjoys all types of music, then this is the perfect album for you. I guarantee you will find a song that you’ll be obsessed with. The only problem with this album is the fact that it’s a rollercoaster of emotions. One second you’ll be jumping around, and the next you’ll be sitting there questioning your life. Other than that, this is definitely the best album of 2018 (so far) in my opinion! Please check this album out and let me know what you all think!