“17” dives deep into the mind of a controversial artist

“You are literally entering my mind. And if you are not willing to accept my emotion and hear my words fully, do not listen.”

Controversial rapper Jahseh Onfroy, known as XXXtentacion, says these words on Track 1 of his debut project “17.” His album dropped on Aug. 24 along with new music from Asap Mob, Lil Uzi Vert and Made in Tyo, to name a few.

The cover of the album appears to be a suicide letter, but the origin is unknown. Suicide is the subject of multiple tracks throughout the project.

The fifth track on the album, titled “Revenge,” is dedicated to his friend Jocelyn Flores. Flores, who was dealing with depression, wasn’t on her psychiatric medication when she took her life in his hotel room, X revealed on Instagram.

His music is different in that it can’t be defined by any one genre. He’s tagged his music on SoundCloud as Indie, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap and even alternative rock.

Having come from Broward County, Fl., and collaborating with often ill-regarded artists like Ski Mask The Slump God, Smokepurpp and Lil Pump, many consider him a “trash” SoundCloud rapper. Broward County is known for successful SoundCloud rappers.

XXXtentacion has grown past his small cult of SoundCloud followers. He’s acquired a much bigger audience, one that gets over 6 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

In turn, his music has changed. X has left rap and trash talking. He harmonizes over “Depression and Obsession,” and demands the listener’s attention throughout the entire track.

“I’m poisoned and my body doesn’t feel well

I hate her and it’s hard to love how I feel my stomach turning

Make out hill, where we met

We let our lips do all the talking and now I’m nothing”

He paints a vivid picture and does so without screaming. The project is different from his past work and proves he’s maturing as an artist and a person.

This album made me feel like I really got to look into his world and experience first hand what he goes through, something few artists can provide to an audience. He made it easy with this album.