After opening at No. 2 with his debut album, 17, XXXTentacion unleashes the startling video for “Look at Me!” and “Riot,” both appearing in one clip, which was written and creative directed by the controversial rapper.
Directed by JMP, the five-minute piece starts with XXX speaking to an angel-like figure with a sex toy on her head. Shortly afterwards, X can be found beating a teacher up with a dildo while “Look at Me!” blares in the background.
That’s only part of the visual, however, and soon it transitions into “Riot,” where X can be seen hanging from a tree. After making references to tragic historical events surrounding Emmett Till, Philando Castile, Rodney King, and this year’s Charlottesville rally, which claimed the life of Heather Heyer, XXX hangs a young white child while a black child watches.
After these disturbing images unfold, Tentacion speaks about racial injustice. “Murder is murder,” he says, “whether you’re black or white. You should always feel free to voice your opinion but to act out on these irrational thoughts in any way, shape, or form is disgusting.”
The controversial video follows criticism that XXX has received over domestic violence allegations. Last week, Pitchfork released a detailed report of the alleged victim’s 142-page testimony transcript. According to the reported victim, XXXTentacion “head-butted her, punched her, stomped on her,” “tackled her,” and beat her with hangers. Once the alleged victim was pregnant with their child, she says that he “strangled her until she almost passed out” after “elbowing, head-butting, and punching her.”
XXXTentacion responded to the allegations and reports with a variety of short videos on social media. “Everybody that called me a domestic abuser, I’m finna domestically abuse ya’ll little sisters’ pussy from the back,” he said. In another clip, he laughed after claiming that he wants to “start supporting the feminist movement.”
“They gonna be talking about me all day tomorrow when I drop this fuckin’ video,” he said. “Ni**as is gonna be fuckin’ mad because you can’t ig-fuckin’-nore me. You’re not gonna ignore me. It’s not possible! Impossible!”
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