Before his death in June this year, XXXTentacion had told fans he had a number of albums in the pipeline.
The 20-year-old rapper’s last release before he died – simply titled: ? – came out in March this year, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Before that, he had released the album 17 in August 2017.
Now, six months after the incident in which XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, died outside a motorcycle dealership in Florida, the first of his posthumous albums has been shared.
Titled Skins, the new record was premiered at a release party in Miami, which included performances from Trippie Redd, Lil Pump, PnB Rock and more.
The new, 10-track album spans just 19 minutes, and includes the previously released Bad!, as well as One Minute, which features Kanye West.
On the track, Kanye raps:
So much hate at the top, it’s a lonely place […] Now your name is tainted, by the claims they paintin’ / The defendant is guilty, no one blames the plaintiff.
Before his death, Onfroy had faced a number of charges, including gun possession, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim. Recordings have also been leaked, in which Onfroy apparently talks about his previous crimes.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.