The rapper is not happy with people who think he's glorifying suicide.
XXXTentacion is a magnet for controversy. Everything the South Florida rapper does starts a debate. A recent clip that appeared to show him hanging himself is no exception.
The short clip — which looked like X hanging from a noose until he dropped his phone to the ground — sparked concern from fans who thought he might have broadcasted his suicide. Once it was revealed that the singer was alive and well, the post was pooh-poohed as irresponsible by people who worried that the video might encourage fans to kill themselves. Others worried that X was glorifying suicide as a publicity stunt, an idea that pushed the young rapper to respond.
“If you thought I would ‘pretend’ to kill myself for a publicity stunt you’re f*cking stupid,” he said in an Instagram post. The clapback captioned a video of some raw footage from a music video shoot, showing that the controversial post was teaser footage from the upcoming video.
He posted a longer message to his Instagram story which was snapshotted by fans and shared on social media.
“Damn n*gga-, I’m not gonna lie I’m pissed off as f*ck.” he wrote. “I couldn’t even surprise you guys cause I was scared someone would hurt themselves, and my feelings hurt as f*ck, do you all really think I could kill myself and show that to the kids? You don’t think I have more dignity than that? Sh*t makes me not even want to make music anymore, not allowed to be an artist it seems.”
According to Complex, the rapper posted further explanation of the video to Twitter before deleting those tweets. He said the scene with the noose around his neck is part of a larger slavery theme in the video.
XXX has a reason to be upset that people would think he’s trying to glamorize suicide. A close friend of his killed herself recently, which he used as inspiration for the strange acoustic track “Garette’s Revenge.”
From the beginning of his career, a cloud of controversy has hung over the young rapper. He has well-documented legal troubles and was booked on charges of battery for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend.
Outside of that, the rapper has received scorn from rap purists for playing fast and loose with the idea of what a hip-hop song is. Like fellow Soundcloud rapper Lil Peep, he occasionally veers outside of the typical rap sound for tracks that might best be described as lo-fi emo.
Beyond that, even his straightforward rap songs have earned him condemnation for their gleefully violent and nihilistic content. X’s brutal worldview along with the heavily distorted and aggressive production he favors have turned off more than a few listeners.
Finally, there’s the matter of his recent XXL cypher. He failed to play by the rules of what a cypher is, refusing to rap on the beat. Instead, he knelt down in the middle of the floor and muttered a poem about Satan, murder and the apocalypse.
What Do You Think?
What do you think? Did XXXTentacion try too hard to be edgy and get called out? Does he deserve all the heat for glorifying suicide? Was his stunt dangerous or merely an artist expressing himself? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.