XXXTentacion Album Release

Photo courtesy of Amanda Barona.

While XXXTentacion may be gone, his latest album pledges: “Bad Vibes Forever.”

Hundreds of fans attended the official album-release event for the late Broward County rapper Jahseh Onfroy, known as XXXTentacion, Thursday evening at MAPS Backlot in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach week. The event showcased outdoor museum exhibits, special live performances and a live-listen of the rapper's posthumous album, “Bad Vibes Forever,” said to be his final by organizers.

Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti performing on stage at the 'Bad Vibes Forever' final album release. Photo courtesy of Amanda Barona.

With the space booked at capacity, the night kicked off with its special host YesJulz and producer/DJ Diplo spinning some of the late rapper's greatest hits. Up next was a tribute set of classic XXXTentacion songs performed by Members Only, followed by surprise performances by Yung Bans and Playboi Carti.

Other guests in attendance were fellow hip-hop artists and friends of the late rapper: PnB Rock, Bhad Bhabie, Craig Xen, Matt Ox, Ronny J, Trippie Redd and XXXTentacion's mother, Cleopatra Bernard.

At midnight, the 'Bad Vibes Forever' album pumped through the sound system with moving visuals of the late rapper accompanying each track.

The album highlights XXXTentacion's genre-bending style, with hits ranging from the Caribbean dancehall single “Royalty” featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don and Vybz Kartel to the alternative feel of “HEARTEATER” and the emotionally charged guitar-driven “bad vibes forever” title-track, featuring PnB Rock and Trippie Redd.

An outdoor museum exhibit with three wax figures depicting XXXTentacion and other memorabilia of the late rapper was on display throughout the evening, in addition to exclusive-album merchandise on sale with proceeds benefiting the XXXTentacion Foundation, a nonprofit organization in memory of XXXTentacion dedicated to helping various charities and people.

XXXTentacion Exhibit

Wax figures depicting XXXTentacion on display at album release event. Miami Times photo/Eman Elshahawy 

Available now, 'Bad Vibes Forever' features 25-tracks of original XXXTentacion music assembled by the late rapper’s mother and co-executive producer Cleo, co-executive producer John Cunningham and manager Solomon Sobande.

XXXTentacion’s estate is expected to produce a documentary, set to release in 2020.

Eman Elshahawy joined The Miami Times in November 2019 as the multimedia content producer. Eman graduated from the University of Florida in Summer 2019, where she earned a B.S. in journalism from UF's College of Journalism and Communications.

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