While XXXTentacion passed away in the Summer, it’s apparent that we’ll be talking about his brief but influential career for a while. The BET Hip-Hop Awards recognized the questionable rapper by awarding him Best New Artist.
A video from inside The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater demonstrates X’s mom Cleopatra Bernard accepting the honor on her late son’s behalf. She was joined by X’s manager, Solomon Sounds, and his lawyer, Bob Celestin. The “Moonlight” rapper beat out Rich The Kid, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby and Drake co-signed Blocboy JB for the award.
The honor wasn’t the only time that X’s essence was felt in the room. As per DJ Scheme, Vic Mensa tackled the late rapper during the cypher.
“Yo bro how u gone say ‘Your favorite rapper is an abuser’ and then follow it with a line saying ‘some shit X some shit so I won’t live long’ u can deny it but everyone who was there heard that shit,” he wrote on Twitter.
Considering that X’s family was in participation (and Scheme’s very own closeness to X), it’s anything but difficult to perceive how he could feel that making a punchline out of the late rapper was over the line. Mensa has not reacted to the tweets.
XXXTentacion’s posthumous career continues to roll on. The video for the song “Moonlight” was released Sunday night.
In the video, we can see XXXTentacion sitting and reflecting underneath a full moon while the opening notes of the ? track play. The melody is the second-highest charting song of X’s short lived career, having shot to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 amid is untimely death.
This video isn’t the first to be released after the rapper’s death. Around the same time that he was gunned down in an attempted burglary, the video for his greatest hit “sad!” was released. Fans had skyrocketed the song to the top spot on the Hot 100 charts, shattering Taylor Swift’s single-day gushing record simultaneously.
All the more as of late, fans have been treated with unreleased verses from the rapper. X offers a sad wail on Lil Wayne’s second track on Tha Carter V, “Don’t Cry.” Then he appeared on a collaboration with Lil Peep.
The posthumous releases from X can’t be contained to simply music and recordings. Soon after that Peep collaboration was shared, Kanye West’s XXXTentacion shirt would be available for purchase. Furthermore, the his estate released a 1-year anniversary merchandise collection in honor of his debut album, 17.