Today, the estate of modern icon XXXTentacion shares news regarding his anxiously awaited first official posthumous album, SKINS.
The record will arrive on Friday, December 7 via the newly reupped partnership between his own imprint Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE. Notably, EMPIRE—headed by Ghazi Shami—ignited the explosion of his 2017 debut 17, which bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went RIAA platinum.
Heralding the impending arrival, the first single “BAD” was released at midnight with instant viral chatter. Snippets from his Instagram Live Story had gone viral preceding the release. Now, the track showcases the impressive power of his verses as it upholds an emotional connection to listeners that only becomes stronger by the day. Cathartic, clever, and catchy, “BAD” represents XXXTentacion at his fieriest.
A limited-edition Bad Vibes Forever merch collection also dropped today to celebrate the release of the new single. Bravado partnered with XXXTentacion before he passed to create a clothing line that speaks to his fans, and his own personal sense of style.
“BAD” follows up the stratospheric success of his Latin flavored collaborative single with Lil Pump, “Arms Around You” [feat. Maluma & Swae Lee]. Produced by Skrillex, Mally Mall and JonFX, the song crashed the Billboard Hot 100 at #28 and racked up over 100 million streams and counting.
Skins marks the next evolution of XXXTentacion and his most powerful, poetic, and personal expression yet.
XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. His second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES”(2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.