At this point in 2019, XXXTENTACION has as many posthumous albums to his name as he does non-posthumous. It's the sad reality derived from Jahseh Onfroy's life being cut radically short due to nonsensical violence; violence that has plagued an alarming amount of Hip Hop's youth over the past decade. It would be a lie to say that X (who was only 20 years old when he was murdered) didn't bring some serious negative energy into his own tangled ecosystem -- which makes the title of this new posthumous release, Bad Vibes Forever, an eerie listen.
As much as an unearthed classic would delight the die-hards, the closest thing to euphoria new music fans will get are the half-baked songs and snippets from his team's hard-drive.
During his short life, rapper XXXTentacion gathered a cult-like following of fervent supporters and fans of his brooding, angsty style. One of the more visible figures of emo-leaning SoundCloud rap, the Florida-based artist incorporated elements of nu-metal bombast and narcotic R&B into his usually dark and violent output. He was a worldwide sensation at the peak of his fame when he was murdered in June of 2018 at age 20.