XXXTentacion: The Dark Side of ’17 (Album Review)



words​ ​by​ ​Eve​ ​Zaidan

Real Rap, Raw

His​ ​mind​ ​is​ ​not​ ​an​ ​oasis,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​prison. But​ ​what​ ​results​ ​from​ ​his​ ​fatalistic​ ​abyss​ ​is​ ​an​ ​undivided​ ​force​ ​to  feel;​ ​a​ ​true,​ ​raw​ ​gift​ ​to​ ​an​ ​industry​ ​yearning​ ​for​ ​something​ ​‘real’. Though​ ​enter​ ​at​ ​your​ ​own​ ​risk,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​19-year-old​ ​rapper,  singer-songwriter​ ​XXXTentacion​ ​declares​ ​that​ ​by​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​his  debut​ ​album​ ​​”17,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​“literally”​ ​infiltrating​ ​his​ ​mind.

XXXTentacion – Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares

Posted by TRILL on Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Dark Soul

Riding​ ​the​ ​dark​ ​wave​ ​of​ ​alternative​ ​Rnb,​ “​​17″ exudes​ ​an​ ​original  soul-baring​ ​reflection​ ​and​ ​a​ ​rigid​ ​transparency,​ ​which​ ​finely  merges​ ​passion​ ​and​ ​pain​ ​to​ ​alluringly​ ​unalloy​ ​with​ ​the​ ​masses. XXXTentacion ’s​ ​limbo-like,​ ​lived​ ​‘collection​ ​of​ ​nightmares,​ ​thoughts​ ​and​ ​real life​ ​situations’​ ​evocatively​ ​exploit​ ​the​ ​inner​ ​workings​ ​of​ ​a melancholy​ ​mastermind. The​ ​unexpected​ ​melodies​ ​of​ ​‘Jocelyn​ ​Flores’,​ ​‘Depression​ ​&  Obsession’​ ​and​ ​‘Dead​ ​Inside’,​ ​confoundingly​ ​juxtapose​ ​with​ ​the  grunge​ ​rock​ ​and​ ​RnB​ ​of​ ​‘Save​ ​Me’​ ​and​ ​‘Fuck​ ​Love’,​ ​while​ ​‘Ayala’​ ​is  the​ ​immaculate​ ​send-off​ ​for​ ​an​ ​album​ ​most​ ​indelible. Do​ ​note,​ ​this​ ​album​ ​is​ ​not​ ​for​ ​validation​ ​-​ ​it’s​ ​for​ ​empathy,​ ​where  XXXTentacion​ ​stresses​ ​“if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​my​ ​emotion​ ​and​ ​hear  my​ ​words​ ​fully,​ ​do​ ​not​ ​listen”. ‘17’​ ​is​ ​a​ ​deliberate​ ​exposé​ ​of​ ​suicidal​ ​thoughts,​ ​depression​ ​and  isolation​ ​in​ ​a​ ​dark​ ​vibe​ ​so​ ​enthralling,​ ​​that​ ​even​ ​rap​ ​royalty  Kendrick​ ​Lamar​ ​prompts​ ​fans​ ​to​ ​listen​ ​“if​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​anything”​.

XXXTentacion​ ​made​ ​his​ ​first​ ​break​ ​with​ ​‘Look​ ​At​ ​Me!’,​ ​where​ ​it​ ​became  apparent,​ ​that​ ​Lamar​ ​wasn’t​ ​the​ ​only​ ​major​ ​player​ ​to​ ​recognize his​ ​potential​ ​in​ ​the​ ​rap​ ​game. While​ ​XXXTentacion​ ​was​ ​facing​ ​life​ ​in​ ​jail,​ ​​Drake​ ​allegedly​ ​stole​ ​his​ ​‘Look​ ​At  Me’​ ​flow​​ ​to​ ​compose​ ​the More Life album​ ​track​ ​‘KMT’.​ ​​When you​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​this​ ​mashup​,​ ​you’ll​ ​hear​ ​the​ ​truth! Nevertheless,​ ​following​ ​an​ ​incredibly​ ​successful​ ​album​ ​debut with​ ​his​ ​unwelcoming​ ​self-awareness​ ​making​ ​an​ ​impassioned imprint,​ ​it’s​ ​clear​ ​there’s​ ​only​ ​one​ ​XXXTentacion.  We​ ​sense​ ​a​ ​Grammy​ ​on​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​Listen​ ​now below!