Xxxtentacion – ? (2018)

I’d never really bothered with XXX until a work colleague of mine implored me to check out some tracks from this album, but I ended up listening to the whole thing. There’s a lot to unpack here; the opening track acts as fair warning, as trumpet blowing as it is (“my genius!”). I wouldn’t necessarily say you need an open mind to digest a weird mish-mash of hip hop and screamo or acoustic songs, but I can appreciate the warning.

? seriously lacks direction, but I massively appreciate the effort to branch out. Something about it just seems so genuine in its attempt, despite the failings. For all you could say about XXX, ? shows that he was a passionate and talented individual. RIP.