By Gisselle Vargas ‘20
Released on Jan. 23, also the day of his birthday, XXXTentacion has a new project out: his Members Only Vol, 4.
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, XXXTentacion was shot and murdered on June 18 of 2018 in Florida. Since his murder, he has released an album called Skins. In addition to that album, he released another album on what would have been his 21st birthday.
Before he became mainstream, XXXTentacion created a group of rappers. Beginning in 2015 as just a duo with rapper Ski Mask the Slump God, the group has since lost and gained members. Vol. 4 includes rappers like Ski Mask The Slump God, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Killstation, Coolie Cut, Bass Santana, Flyboy Tarantino, Tankhead and Kin$oul. All of these rappers including XXX have collaborated together to come up with this album of 24 tracks.
When I first heard of the release of Members Only Vol. 4, I was really excited to hear new music from XXXTentacion and Members Only. Their previous three volumes are albums that I’m into, so I was expecting to like this volume too.
XXXTentacion, as well as Ski Mask the Slump God, have both come along way since their days on Soundcloud. These two rappers are known for their unique sounds, mixture of genres, and vulgar language. Their genre can be categorized as SoundCloud Rap, trap/heavy metal, hip-hop, scream rap, and many more. A variety of these can be heard in the album.
After listening to the album, I was not let down. If you are into trap, I recommend this album. For upbeat songs I recommend listening to Love Hard, Fall Fast; He Diddy; or Proud Puppy Lover. It’s also important to mention the fact that the album includes some slow or even depressed songs like Now or Never. For example, the song Rebirth by XXXTentacion from 2016 is included. It’s the last song on the track. To me, this added more emotion to the album because X, the leader of Members Only, wrapped up this project by saying some words on death and life. This also added to the fact that this served as a memorial for X.
I think this album was very successful in incorporating a lot of diversity in sound and layering many beats to the songs. The fact that most songs are relatively short can be a good and bad thing. A good thing because it keeps the listener intrigued or a bad thing because the song is over faster than wanted to.
- Includes 24 songs
- Released on Jan. 23