Prior to his sudden murder in 2018, Florida rapper XXXTentacion was in the midst of becoming a superstar. Boasting albums like 17 and to his name, Triple X quickly won fans through his experimental nature, his strong ear for melodies, and his ability to flip the script and spit bars when prompted. In truth, few of the new generation of hip-hop artists boast his level of versatility, a quality that went a long way in widening the scope of his base. To this day, there are some who deem him legendary, another young pioneer gone before he could truly reveal his full potential.

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As his death anniversary slowly approaches, Lil Yachty took a moment to reflect on Triple X’s passing. “I still can’t believe this n***a x really gone,” he writes on Twitter, though it’s unclear as to what prompted his mourning. In any case, it goes to show the impact XXXTentacion truly had on his fellow artists. 

Though Yachty and XXX never actually linked up on wax, it’s not the first time that Lil Boat openly reflected on the rapper’s passing. A few weeks after Triple X’s murder, Yachty sat down with Big Boy TV and explained how the news had impacted him. “I’ve been a good person, I’ve always been a good person, but I want to be the best person, in a serious way,” he explained. “I really want to be like, active. I want to help, and learn more about what’s going on in the world.”

Rest in peace XXXTentacion, and respect to Lil Yachty for showing his memory some love. Should you be looking to support Lil Boat in your own way, be sure to check out his brand new Lil Boat 3 album.