The most popular thing to do is to label a wild teen like XXXTENTACION as a waste of time to listen to, but what I see when I listen to him is an opportunity for listeners to enter the mind of a rebellious teen that doesn’t care for the boxes that society wants to put him in. With ’17’, the Florida Rapper knows that it is his time to show the world how artistic he can be, and much to my surprise, he provides us with a borderline masterpiece.
‘Revenge’ shows off TENTACIONS ability to make timeless alternative music (I Can’t believe I am actually saying this). While XXX is no Paul McCartney, he actually does a very good job in sounding similar to him.
The overall musicality of this song is amazing to me! I truly believe XXX did lots of studying to perfect this nostalgic sound, cause it sounds way too authentic to be ignored.
4. EVERYBODY DIES IN THEIR NIGHTMARES
Even though this song has a disturbing title, it has this very smooth sound that contains an introspective XXX on it too.
I love the fast flow that XXX raps with on this song, as he mimics vintage Luda to me. For some odd reason, this fast flow works on emotional songs like these.
3. ‘CARRY ON’
‘Carry On’ is yet another somber sounding track production-wise, but this time around XXX approaches it in a aggressive rap way.
Typically harmonizing is the best way to show emotion on a song, but other times rapping like this can be a great way too. On his verses, XXX approaches his fears head on, sounding like a guy that is ready to conquer them.
This song will surprise many true Hip hop fans out there.
2. JOCELYN FLORES
‘Jocelyn Flores’ is beautiful, is thoughtful, and pretty damn deep. On it, the young rapper describes the pain he feels from time to time when it comes to his regrets. On the chorus, you can hear the track cry out to you, and on the verses, you hear this angry youth that needs a bit of Jesus in his life.
This s–t is so good that it makes me want to be depressed! Where can I buy 4 ounces of depression?
This is probably the most commercial/joyful sounding song on the album, and it is still depressing as s–t.
Over the promising beat (I know, that might not make sense, but it does to me b–ch), Tentacion sings his ass off, sounding like a PnB Rock clone. To me, he holds his own on the track, providing this highly infectious sound.
How bout the hook from Trippie Redd!? He killed it by not even doing much.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. JOCELYN FLORES (5/5)
2. DEPRESSION & OBSESSION (4/5)
3. EVERYBODY DIES IN THEIR NIGHTMARES (5/5)
4. REVENGE (4.9/5)
5. SAVE ME (4/5)
6. DEAD INSIDE (4/5)
7. F–K LOVE (5/5)
8. CARRY ON (5/5)
9. ORLANDO (4.4/5)
10. AYALA (INTERLUDE) (4/5)
OVERALL RATING (9.5/10)
The disclaimer that XXXTENTACION gives you on the intro is fitting: This album is disturbing, and will have you calling suicide hotline on him. At the same time, I see this album as an honest project by the Florida rapper that many people in the world can either find riveting or sadly relate to.
Though TENTACION came out as a rapper with ‘Look at Me’, he actually shows this ability to be an all around artist on this album. More than anything, he relies on his emotions to guide him to where he needs to go on a song, which to me usually makes for beautiful music.
This album is reallllllllllly good guys! i think it can be enjoyed in many different ways. I once was an XXXTENTACION basher, but this album makes me see him in a brand new light.