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Review: XXXtentacion – Catch

In Hip Hop by Rumel Miah

Review: XXXtentacion – Catch

XXXtentacion and Hip Hop, like everything else in the world, has changed. In terms of music, Hip Hop has probably gone through more changes than many other forms of music. I’m a 90s baby, I remember the greats, I remember the gritty East Coast v West Coast beef. I remember the big flashy chains and the multiple bottles of Cristal in every rap video. But Hip Hop has changed and as ‘Pac said ‘Change is good for anyone of us’.

With the rise of stars like Young Thug and Migos, the quirky side of street culture has become mainstream. And for anyone in the know, XXXTentacion is the new kid on the block. He’s already let out plenty of bangers, already had beef with Drake and already been in and out of prison. But honestly, this young man is going far. Now most people probably know him for beefing Drake on stealing flows, but in X’s latest track called ‘Catch’ he blows that all out of the water. His flow is weirdly slow, calm and almost melancholic, a stark contrast to ‘Look at me’ or ‘#SippinTeaInYoHood’ where you can hear the road in the tone of his voice. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Catch’ is still very gritty, one line that resonates with me is “better take his chain if that n***a don’t want his neck took” not the most vulgar lyric ever written, but with the beat and his flow so trance like, you feel he means business. The smartest thing he’s done with this song is rapping over a Drake beat. With all the drama that these two have had, I think it’s a smart way for X to show he’s got more than one flow.

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