Ski Mask The Slump God Posts Unreleased XXXTentacion Freestyle

Two months after XXXTentacion’s death, rappers are still claiming close ties to him in order to gain some type cred (Kanye, Travis Scott). But, there are some who were genuinely close to the late rapper who just want to show their affection. One these people is Ski Mask The Slump God, who posted a clip X freestyling over the then-unreleased “Hope.” The caption could be seen as those who purport to have known the late Florida rapper while he was alive:”If You Listen Closely You’ll Hear Jahseh Free styling To Hope Before It Dropped And You’ll Hear Why No One Will Ever Understand The Friendship We Had , I Love You Vrother I’ll Remember To Remember Always.”The clip itself has X rapping the lines “call Ski up” and “you the best friend that I ever had.”

The legacy XXXtentacion is a troubled one. He’s worshipped as a larger-than-life figure who pioneered a new type rap (which is true), but the abuse and violence he inflicted while alive is largely glossed over. As the Guardian describes it, “he stomped a gay juvenile hall cellmate to near-death in a homophobic attack and, before his murder, was awaiting trial for allegedly beating, torturing and imprisoning his pregnant ex-girlfriend.” With the huge amount criticism that’s being levelled at Nicki Minaj for working with Tekashi 6ix9ine, it’s strange that critics turn a blind eye whenever someone pays tribute to X.

Lil Pump Memorializes XXXTentacion With New Tattoo

For young rappers, getting a tattoo goes beyond a rite passage. Many in the up-coming generation rap stars have become walking canvases, inking their faces with the same frequency as one might ink their arms. Lil Pump, who currently boasts two star tattoos beside his eye, recently added another piece ink to his expansive selection. Over the weekend, Pump paid homage to the late XXXTentacion, tattooing “LLJ” on his arm, while X’s “Moonlight” bangs in the background (according to a report, the video below is stripped sound). “LLJ” stands for Long Live Jaseh, X’s real name. 

More practical than some may give him credit, Pump can be seen wielding the tattoo gun himself, with a surprisingly deft touch. He joins the likes Lil Xan, Ski Mask The Slump God, Denzel Curry, and Wifisfuneral, who have all memorialized X on their skin. 

While X is no longer with us, fans can still look forward to hearing his voice again; the rapper has an extensive vault, including an unreleased collaboration with Lil Pump, as previously previewed on YouTube. While it’s not clear whether or not that will ever see the light away, it’s entirely possible that it surfaces on Pump’s Harvard Dropout, whenever that drops.