19 year-old experimental rap artist
His most popular track to date, “Look at Me” a jarring trap hit with punk musings, earned the respect of rappers like Drake (who then released an undeniably similar song “KMT” from his latest album) and A$AP Rocky—who joined him onstage at the Rolling Loud music festival.
But it’s his melodramatic and atmospheric music that has enthralled fans for months now. Onfroy has credited his obsession with music, from classic rap to Japanese anime themes, which led him to create a unique range of songs.
Since his release,
His die-hard fans celebrate
The apparent naiveté and (one assumes) his fear-filled youth come out in his ode to a character on the cartoon Bob’s Burgers. “A Message to Tina Blecher” is presented as a harrowing conversation with himself. Onfroy is uninhibited as he rambles off life’s questions over distant vocals. But it's
Onfroy has got serious talent and refreshing originality, and he's committed to focusing on music but hasn’t shaken his past completely. Since the beginning of his tour, a string of violent incidents has plagued nearly all of his shows.
The latest incident earlier this month began with Onfroy being assaulted on stage, and ended with a stabbing amidst the chaos. The Florida teen hasn’t let up and continues to tour across the country, this Thursday, June 22 he will perform at the Majestic Theater as a part of his Revenge Tour.
XXXTentacion has made it clear he's not taking orders from anyone about his music but what he currently lacks in cohesion he gains in honesty. His candor seeps into his music, which doesn’t dare to be defined and into who he is, which isn’t quite clear either.
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