In the past, if the name XXXTENTACION was mentioned a few thoughts would come to mind. First, how the f*&k do you even pronounce that name? Second, isn’t that the idiot who knocked himself out on stage? And finally, isn’t this the guy that claimed Drake stole his flow? Well, we want to leave all that in the past because XXX has really impressed and evolved with his debut album “17”.

This week’s “Call to the Majors”

Artist: XXXTENTACION
Album: “17”
Test Song: “Revenge”

In the very recent past, you could pigeonhole XXX as the modern rapper. A young rapper yelling non-sense over some hard trap beats. I am not saying we at M.M.C. don’t enjoy that, but the market is extremely saturated with so many artists doing the same thing. With “17”, XXX shows a completely different side of himself. His emotional near suicidal side. It is amazing to hear the raw emotion and angst within each and every song. From the moment you click play on the album you will be surprised that you are listening to an XXX album. The album starts off with an intro explaining what the number 17 means to him. He really tried to shoot for a completely different sound than that of what he usually creates, more towards emo, alt-rock with some hip-hop flair.

It is amazing to hear the raw emotion and angst within each and every song. From the moment you click play on the album you will be surprised that you are listening to an XXX album. The album starts off with an intro explaining what the number 17 means to him. He really tried to shoot for a completely different sound than that of what he usually creates, more towards emo, alt-rock, with some hip-hop flair.

I am hoping this is not just a “phase” in XXX’s young career. We hope that he can continuously push himself to either keep switching it up or keep creating a unique sound that refuses to be attached to a single genre. The album is extremely short at 23 minutes so you can run through it rather quickly. If you listen to XXX’s most famous song, “Look at Me”, and compare it to the test song, you will be impressed with the pivot that he has taken.

Notables: “Depression & Obsession”, “Orlando”, “Save Me”, and “Jocelyn Flores” (so pretty much the whole thing)

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