By: Dylan Kemp
Miami’s world-famous Art Basel was this past week, and as promotion for his posthumous final album Bad Vibes Forever, XXXTentacion’s estate curated and opened a multi-sensory museum.
The museum featured a combination of rare photos, memorabilia and art installations. It served as a shrine to an artist who many fans say inspired them to be better people despite the late rapper’s violent history.
XXX fan, Daniel Dominguez, 26, stated that “His music gave fans “a way to not feel alone. He definitely moved a lot of us and saved a lot of us in the process.”
XXX Tentacion passed away last year on June 18, 2018, when he was shot multiple times in front of a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
However, Tentacion’s legacy is complicated. At the time of his death, he had yet to stand trial on many charges, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, witness tampering and false imprisonment.
However, fans can look past that and see a young man who was slain right at the time he was trying to make a change in his life.
“He knew he had a troubled past but he definitely wanted to change that and that’s what he wanted for all of us,” Dominguez continued.
Tentacion was also very vocal about his struggles with depression and inspired his fans to be open about their struggles with depression and other mental health issues. Dominguez, who says he, too, struggled with depression, explained that he got the tattoo to remind himself of the importance of self-expression.
“Ever since he passed, more of us carry his legacy. Nobody’s going to carry it on if we don’t.”