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Episode #30 | 4.30.19

XXXTentacion: Mellow Beats and Ultraviolence

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A suicide that inspired a hit and an musician’s murder that inspired a legion of devoted fans. XXXTentacion was one of Generation Z’s most talented hip hop stars but his ascent was marked by violence and drama; beatdowns, beefs (what’s up, Drake?) and abuse. XXXTentacion’s music quickly rose from Soundcloud to the top of the charts due in part to the relative loneliness and alienation he repped in his lyrics, sentiments his audience quickly latched onto. XXXTentacion’s connection to his audience was (and still is even in death) unique and powerful. Their connection via social media fueled him, inspired him and ironically alienated him, just like his penchant for violence. What, if any of it all led to his untimely demise?

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Taylor Bettinson. Editorial and writing assistance by Pat Healy.

Sources

Pitchfork: XXXTentacion’s Reported Victim Details Grim Pattern of Abuse in Testimony

Yahoo: Disturbing New Details About The Conspiracy Theory That Drake Had XXXTentacion Killed

The Daily Beast: The Life and Death of XXXTentacion, Abuse Homophobia and Hip-Hop

The Daily Beast: The Inside Story of Jocelyn Flores, the Tragic Teen Who Inspired XXXTentacion’s Hit

No Jumper: The XXXTentacion Interview

No Jumper: XXXTentacion and Ski Mask “The Slump God” Interview

The Daily Beast: The Bizarre Cult of XXXTentacion: A Confessed Abuser’s Life After Death

NME: Loving XXXTentacion, how Generation Z are rejecting woke Millennials’ ‘cancel’ culture

HITS961.iheart.com: Here’s Why Everyone Thinks Drake Had Rapper XXXTentacion Killed

Your Tango: Disturbing New Details About The Conspiracy Theory That Drake Had XXXTentacion Killed

New Yorker: How Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon” Viciously Undercuts Drake’s Celebrity

Long Live X, 2018 Documentary, The Life and Death of XXXTentacion

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Score by Jake Brennan. 

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