by Emmanuel Louis-Charles
This kid is the future
Today’s rap music isn’t just a cool rhyme over a drum beat. Every artist that comes out has a mix of other genres of music that they incorporate into their bars, flow, and instrumentals. This is most likely due to the fact that the biggest rapper out is a former actor form Canada who sings R&B just as much as he spits, if not more. This new climate in hip hop has allowed artist to push their sound even further and create new genres of music. A leader in this art of genre-bending has to be punk rap innovator XXXTENTACION.
X hails from Broward County in South Florida adding to the rising profile of the state with artists like Wifiisfuneral, Kodak Black, and Denzel Curry. I use the term punk rap to describe his music because to me its exactly what it is. X’s flow and cadence is similar to many contemporary artists of the time, his bars are spaced out and punctuated by ad-libs (think Lil Uzi or Famous Dex) But where X separates himself is in the way he uses his voice to scream his bars like he’s in a metal band. His delivery might throw casual rap listeners off but if your into progressive thinking music you should be down. X’s song structure and beat selection is also eclectic as many of his songs are oddly short and sound unmastered with uncompressed rattling 808’s and dark synths. I listen to this man nonstop and its hard to pick just a few songs to showcase, but some of my favorites have to be “Yung Bratz” and his most popular track “Look At Me”
Another piece of this guy that should attract people to him and another big reason behind why I think he is gonna blow in the underground and beyond, is the fact that the kid is completely insane. He is currently locked up for a myriad of charges including gun possession and assault.
Watch his interview with Adam22 on the No Jumper podcast. After hearing some of the stories he tells about his life it will be clear as to why his music is so uncompromisingly angry and aggressive. Keep in mind the he is only 18 and the stories he tells in the interview are from when he was like 14-16.