Can he continue that streak posthumously?
This week, Warner Bros. released the new Lil Pump and XXXTentacion collaborative video, “Arms Around You.” The video, which also features Maluma and Swae Lee, serves as a tribute to XXXTentacion. The rapper’s problem-plagued life ended at 20 on June 18 when he was shot to death inside his BMW.
The video, which went up on YouTube on Friday, had almost 500,000 views by noon.
According to Warner Bros., Miami hip-hop star Lil Pump (Gazzy Garcia), 18, reached out to XXXTentacion’s mother Cleopatra Bernard to create the music track.
“The music video’s jubilant tone represents a celebration of life, and pays tribute to this generation’s most iconic musical artist, XXXTentacion,” the label said in a release about the resulting video that features the late rapper’s voice and illustrations by its director, James Larese.
“Because of these two artists, the Florida music scene has broken barriers and effectively taken over everywhere,” Warner Bros. gushed.
But Rolling Stone wasn’t impressed with the song — a surprise, given the publication tends to overpraise in its music reviews.
“Arms Around You” will likely become a runaway success on streaming platforms and industry charts based on name value alone and its straightforward bid for an international audience. The song itself — produced in part by electronic maestro Skrillex — is bland, Latin-inflected pop that reflects none of the talents of its four collaborators,” Rolling Stone opined.
“Arms Around You” is currently at No. 56 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, slipping in its second week from its No. 28 debut. But the tribute song has had 100 million total global streams in two weeks, according to Warner Bros.
XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) had a Louis Vuitton bag with $50,000 in cash when he left the Riva Motorsports Superstore parking lot in Deerfield Beach and was approached by the four men on June 18. One of the gunmen shot XXXTentacion. The four have been arrested and charged with first degree murder and robbery.
XXXTentacion’s murder was captured on surveillance video and played in a Broward Courtroom in September.
At the time of his death, XXXTentacion was living in Parkland and the subject of a criminal case stemming from charges he physically abused his pregnant girlfriend, falsely imprisoned her and tampered with witnesses.
XXXTentacion’s first posthumous album, “Skins,” is due Dec. 7.