Can we talk about rapper XXXtentacion turning into Chrollo on Instagram?
So how did we get here? Why are we comparing XXXtentacion with anime? Well, let’s backtrack to a time when he still had eyebrows.
XXXTentacion (also known as ‘X’) is a Florida based rapper that came into popularity on Soundcloud, however, he didn’t reach the mainstream until the release of his hit song ‘Look at Me’ that has about 95 million plays.
The fanbase following XXXtentacion is as infamous as him. Fans are constantly repurposing his music with anime such as Dragonball Z, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and The Garden of Words to name a few. These videos get a massive amount of traffic. Just these two videos have 9 million views and 14 million views respectively on YouTube.
It’s a weird and dark rabbit hole that plunges into 4chan levels of insanity with many videos reaching millions of views and some fans creating completely original content – once again proving the creativity of the anime community.
It’s no surprise that a large part of his community are fans of anime, which you can see in the comment sections of his videos. After the 2017 XXL Freshman Cipher, fans decided to get creative with roasting him because of his off-the-wall freestyle.
And when X was in Jail for a short period of time, fans were blasting “Free X” all over his social media pages, including his MyAnimeList profile. Yes, he has a MAL profile.
So why exactly did X take on this crazy new look? He recently posted his reasoning online.
“HUMANS FEAR WHAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND ALWAYS AND FOREVER. “ISN’T CLEAR THAT I DON’T GIVE A F***. IF YOU FEEL AS IF YOUR PHYSICAL IDENTITY HAS TO BE THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE JUST BE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE THEN YOUR STUPID. BE YOURSELF.”
It’s a really positive message from a rapper who often is ostracized for not fitting in with the rap crowd. But X seems happy to not fit in as long as he gets to be a weeb – whether intentionally or not.