Album Review: X: “Bad Vibes Forever”


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XXXTentacion’s final posthumous album, “Bad Vibes Forever,” was finally released in December 6, 2019. With a generous amount of 25 songs, it features well-known artists including Tory Lanez, Mavado, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, PNB Rock, Trippie Redd and KillStation. This album incorporates elements of hip-hop, hardcore, indie and rock. 

X’s previous posthumously released album, “SKINS” from December 2018 was unfinished and average at best which I thought was a clear sign of a lack of quality material in X’s back catalogue. Surprisingly, “Bad Vibes Forever” feels finished and flows better than SKINS entering a more original and melodic tone.

The bouncy dancehall track “Hot Gyal” on “Bad Vibes Forever” is similar to X’s successful song “Moonlight!” from his most successful album “?.” The melodic track communicates you light mood that gets you moving. 

The lead single and the title track “Bad Vibes Forever” is a simplistic love song, with XXXTentacion featuring Trippie Redd and PNB Rock to explore the topic of real sadness in life. The repetitive drum rhythm, along with strums of an acoustic guitar, is heavenly and pretty. There’s even a catchy, breezy vocal that connects back to “Moonlight!”: “What we gon‘ do-ooh-ooh?” 

“Bad Vibes Forever,” features guests like Trippie Redd and PNB Rock, who sing soulfully about being with women they love over a lovely acoustic instrumental. The overall ease of this song made it feel effortless. While you can’t call any of the artists on “Bad Vibes Forever” legendary singers, you will find their contributions to the songs heartwarming, melodic, pure and organic. 

I have been an X fan ever since his song, “Look at me!” was released back in 2016.  X’s labels Empire & Capitol Music Group have continued to release music posthumously under X’s name. Bad Vibes Forever will not let down any X fans and proves that even after his death, there’s  public curiosity about the state of his mental health, and most importantly,the meaning of his famous line, “numb the depression.” However, this album will be his final piece and summarizes his legacy and his impact on young teens and artists.  

To sum up this album, Bad Vibes Forever will not let you down. As an X fan, it gives you almost 17 different vibes that empowers you to strive better and learn the more truthful side of X’s feeling. This will be his final album and his chapter in music has come to an end. Xxxtentacion throughout his career has spread his message through sad-truthful topics mainly relating to depression. His music inspired young teens to live up to fear and depression. 


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