XXXTentacion tries a few new things with this new album but it’s all the same result, pretentious, fake deep nonsense that is designed to try and make us feel sorry for him despite his inexplicable past.
In August 2017 Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTentacion were number one and two on the billboard 200. This was a massive indication that the rap game was changing once more. Their style is fresh and it appeals to the millennial audience in a big way. More people are jumping on Soundcloud and more than ever people are gaining mainstream exposure from it, but will these Soundcloud rappers take over the rap scene in 2018.
I cannot condone what he did in any way, I don’t think anyone in their right mind can, but if he’s making genuinely good music what do we do?
Every year, hip-hop publication XXL produce a list of 10 of the biggest up-and-comers in the rap genre; the staple figures they deem to be the flag bearers of a new era of rap music. Ever since it’s induction in 2007 fans have eagerly awaited the artists selected as the “Leaders of the New School” as XXL themselves put it in their first edition. Here we will look at some of the best cases of these covers, mainly the artists who have gone on to live up to their hype and beyond, but also the very worst cases, those who faded into irrelevancy not too long after their cover appearance. Continue reading “The XXL Freshman List: Best and Worst Cases”
Now I feel it is rather important for me to stress that I will never EVER condone the behaviour of any artist I mention here, I am simply looking at them from a music critic’s standpoint and not from the perspective of them being vile humans with vile intentions (which most of them are).