According to the charts, XXXTentacion’s music career is not going anywhere anytime soon. The rappers second studio album ? has earned him his first No.1 on the Billboard 200. “Sad!” which happens to be one of Vashtie’s jams, is the highest on the charts and it jumped from 19 to 7 last week, making it his first top 10 entry on the all-purpose listing.
The rapper has made headlines for some troubles that we will not mention in the past. Contrary to the popular vote and view of the masses, his music and ride or die fans continue to push XXX closer to the top. With no radio play and only online streams, “?” had one of the best debut weeks thus far. According to Billboard.com, the set’s 106,000 streaming equivalent albums moved is second only to Migos’ Culture II for the biggest streaming week for an album this year, equating to roughly 159.4 million on-demand audio streams.
The rappers success has come purely from himself, his fans, & his talent. He is not the product of a big machine but is the product of the internet and the youth. XXX’s success shows the undeniable impact that the youth has on music and pop-culture.
If you haven’t listened to ? yet, you’re in for a sonic treat. The album can be described and erratic, emo, and unexpected. From colorful pop tracks like “Sad” to club bangers like “Moonlight”. XXX showcases his heart and variety heavily throughout the full-length LP.