The jamaican dj dance music was deeply rooted in the sound system tradition that made music available to poor people in a very poor country where live music was only played in clubs and hotels patronized by the middle and upper classes. By 1973 jamaican sound system enthusiast dj kool herc moved to the bronx, taking with him jamaica's sound system culture, and teamed up with another jamaican, coke la rock, at the mike. The roots of rap in jamaica are explained in detail in bruno blum's book, 'le rap'.
They started the ‘members only’ collective which had some smaller named artists under them and began dropping music. His ginormous hit song look at me went crazy on soundcloud and shot him to fame while serving time in prison for false imprisonment, witness tampering and aggravated battery on his pregnant girlfriend.
Where to start… x was criminally active most of his career, going in n out of jail. Meeting one of his best friends “ski mask the slump god” while they were both serving time in a youth detention center. Whitenoise Together they decided they were going to commit some crimes and get some money, x bought a microphone with his money and began started recording music which caused ski mask to do the same.
When he got out of prison he immediately started a feud with drake, stating that he stole his flow on look at me and used it for his own song kmt this caused x to gain an insane amount of fans and honestly helped him become as popular as he did. X took pride in his music, which was a mix of rock, emo, and rap, a style that many do not succeed at. He signed with empire distribution for a lower salary so that he could have full creative control of his music. With a die-hard fan base, x had it all, some would even go as far to call his fanbase a “cult”.
His debut album ‘17′ had his hit song jocelyn flores being his highest debuting song and appeared at #31 on the hot 100. This album debuted at #1 on the billboard hot 200, becoming his first #1 album. His life was cut short on june 18, 2018, when he was fatally shot after struggling with two gunmen who were trying to rob him. This news shook up the whole music industry, from the young aspiring artist to the hip-hop veterans. Month’s later there were some posthumous songs that followed and x was even featured on lil wayne’s ‘tha carter v’, and is featured on kanye’s upcoming album ‘yhandi’.