XXXTentacion - 17
You either love or you hate XXXTentacion, I’ve honestly never seen someone who just thought he was “okay.” However, he finally dropped his highly anticipated debut record, 17. For some fans, they might hate this record as it touches on his more emotional side of his discography instead of his heavier more bass filled songs. Despite only clocking in at 22 minutes in length, 17 hits upon some of my more favorable songs that he has ever put out.
Starting out with “The Explanation,” a short message from X himself explaining that this album is a message straight from his heart and soul, and that if you can’t vibe with that, to basically shut the album off and get the fuck out. It really sets the mood for the first track, “Jocelyn Flores,” which is very easy to tell that it’s about the fan of his that committed suicide because she couldn’t meet him awhile ago. It’s deep, from the heart and open, and you can easily tell that the lyrical content provided is straight up from the tone of voice provided. “Depression and Obsession” really showcases a different side of X than ever shown before and how he truthfully can pull off absolutely anything that he wants to do given enough time and emotion to toss into it. However between that and “Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares” they also showcase the least memorable tracks thrown onto 17. It’s hard to say that they’re bad because nothing on this record is necessarily bad, however they are skippable without a doubt. It’s all good in the end though because the tracks are followed up by the first single we heard that was featured on a previous EP of the same name earlier titled “Revenge,” which easily marks my favorite X song to date. There’s something about the high note that he manages to hit close to the end of the track that truthfully gives off the “goosebumps” feeling. I was more than happy living off this track earlier this year and this just gives me an even bigger reason to love the song even more, as it falls into play with the rest of the record almost seamlessly. It’s really remarkable how “Revenge” merges into “Save Me” perfectly, even though the song almost seems like he sung out an actual suicide note. It’s one of those songs that when you first hear it, it almost sends shivers down your spine how close to home it hits if you suffer from depression. It’s weird to think that some people don’t enjoy X’s energy on these records as much as the others, due to the raw power and feelings packed into each track on 17. “Save Me” is a cry for help if anything and I know it all to well, it almost makes you hope that someone hears this and helps him out for the sake of his own life. “Dead Inside” interludes into the last section of the album and man, it really sets the mood and gets you ready for some of the best material on the record. Trippie Red, absolutely crushed his feature on “Fuck Love” it makes it blend more like a modern hip hop song than most of X’s tracks and between the two of them, there’s some real harmony for the song making it more upbeat even though it's still a depressing song. If for some odd reason the message about his depression and suicidal have went over your head until this point, there is absolutely no way that it will after “Carry On.” It’s another song like “Save Me” that’s almost hard to listen to sometimes, however it really sets the mood for “Orlando” which is a sung out song instead of rap setting the scene for the outro “Ayala” to end out his debut record.
XXXTentacion is for sure making another ground breaking record for his career with 17, hopefully he talks to someone or (maybe) uses his music as an outlet more often so we can get more tunes like this. I know I wouldn’t be mad personally. Pick up 17 and support the new wave of hip hop.