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XXXTENTACION – Bad Vibes Forever (Album Review)

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In perhaps XXXTENTACION’s last album, he reminds the world how talented of an artist he truly was.


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TOP 5

 

5. ECSTASY

Ecstasy features everything from feverish bars by X to out-of-this-worldly singing by featured guest Noah Cyrus. As a whole, the track does everything in its power to hypnotize you, instilling your mind with powerful messages that aren’t all-the-way clear.

 

 

4. ATTENTION!

ATTENTION! is definitely going to be one of the songs you love from Bad Vibes Forever! Not only does it feature a hook that is hella memorable, but you also get a version of X that is loose, savage, violent, a fearless singer, and competitive on the song.

ATTENTION! sounds like moonlight, right? (I f**k with “moonlight” a lot)

 

 

3. DAEMONS

Daemons is a tight ass song, but as a Christian, I never want to hear it again…

Daemons is powered by this hard-hitting instrumental that also has a few soulful elements attached to it. Over this instrumental, you get cruel ass bars about Jesus by X, dark ass bars about shying away from the real world by Joey Bada$$, and tough ass bars about drug-abuse and paranoia by Kemba. When you combine each individual’s contributions to the track, what you get is a scary-ass rap gem you probably won’t want to play at night.

 

 

2. HOT GYAL

Hot Gyal might just be XXXTENTACION’s last opportunity to end up in the clubs.

Hot Gyal has X and featured guests Tory Lanez and Ky-Mani Marley gifting us with authentic patois, catchy melodies, and reckless lyrics towards women all over this infectious Caribbean instrumental. On the real, you don’t have to be a fan of any of the artists you hear on this song to like it.

Tory Lanez and Ky-Mani definitely thought Hot Gyal was their song…

 

 

1. BAD VIBES FOREVER

Bad Vibes Forever features two people X probably would’ve worked with if he was still here…

When it came to pushing boundaries as a musician, XXXTENTACION did it so effortlessly! Yes, he was able to knock a n***as head off on a song rapping-wise when he wanted to, but to me, he was at his best when he experimented with alternative music. With that being said, in Bad Vibes Forever, X and featured guests Trippie Redd and Pnb Rock sing soulfully about indulging in the women they love over this lovely acoustic instrumental.

While you won’t call any of the artists on Bad Vibes Forever “legendary singers,” you will find their contributions to the song heartwarming, melodic, pure, and organic.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. introduction (N/A)

2. EX BITCH (3.5/5)

3. UGLY (2.5/5)

4. bad vibes forever (4.5/5)

5. SCHOOL SHOOTERS (3.5/5)

6. I CHANGED HER LIFE (3.5/5)

7. LIMBO (2.5/5)

8. before i realize (3/5)

9. ECSTASY (4/5)

10. KILL MY VIBE (3.5/5)

11. HOT GYAL (4/5)

12. THE ONLY TIME I FEEL ALIVE (2/5)

13. the interlude that never ends (3/5)

14. DAEMONS (4/5)

15. ATTENTION! (4/5)

16. EAT IT UP (1/5)

17. VOSS (3/5)

18. ROYALTY (3.5/5)

19. wanna grow old (4/5)

20. HEARTEATER (3/5)

21. NORTHSTAR (REMIX) (4/5)

22. CHASE / glass shards (1/5)

23. numb the pain (2.5/5)

24. IT’S ALL FADING TO BLACK (3.5/5)


OVERALL RATING

(C-)

 

Personally, I do not think X would’ve come out with an album like Bad Vibes Forever if he was still alive… But at the end of the day, we should all feel blessed that we at least got a chance to hear his artistry in some kind of capacity for one last body-of-work.

The fact of the matter is this: Bad Vibes Forever sounds sloppy, rushed, and all-over-the-place. While X’s performances on the album sound like decent drafts, unfortunately, an album full of drafts isn’t ever going to sound good. With that being said, I appreciate the fact that we get to hear a version of X that is a daring singer, a version of X that is petty, a version of X that is creepy, a version of X that is a rock star, a version of X that is experimental, a version of X that is controversial, a version of X that is lonely, a version of X that thought he would live long, and a version of X that isn’t afraid to drop some serious bars on this album. I also applaud all the guests that hopped on Bad Vibes Forever, too — on some songs, they had to carry X’s vision (That was probably something that was very hard to do)

R.I.P. to X.

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8 replies »

  1. As a fan, this is honestly a very well done review. I felt the exact same way.

    “The fact of the matter is this: “Bad Vibes Forever” sounds sloppy, rushed, and all-over-the-place. While X’s performances on the album sound like decent drafts, unfortunately, an album full of drafts isn’t bound to sound right..”

  2. Fair review, a little harsh, but fair enough. I did feel like some songs were too short and repetitious, but I still enjoyed them nonetheless. I like how we Got to experience (XXXperience) all sides of X to get a picture of the whole man in this album. The production was well done too.

  3. Yea, it was one of the sadder things I had to say about an artist in X that I enjoy listening to. But we have to keep it real with ourselves.

    Thanks for reading! (Thanks for the compliment, too)

  4. That song school shooters was a total embarrassment xD. That lil Wayne verse is messed up. Don’t think I’ll personally ever go back to this album.

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