The estate of XXXTentacion releases a new track from the rapper on the fifth anniversary of his death, featuring vocals from Lil Uzi Vert and production credits and notes from John Cunningham.
Sunday, June 18, marked five years since XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed outside a Florida motorcycle shop. To honor his legacy on the fifth anniversary of his death, his estate has shared a new song by the 20-year-old rapper.
“I’m Not Human” was initially slated for a January release to coincide with the star’s 25th birthday but was held off until the anniversary of his passing. The minimalist acoustic track features vocals from Lil Uzi Vert and production credits from longtime collaborator John Cunningham. Cunningham also shared a note along with the song’s release:
“When I was living with Jah in Florida in 2018, we would spend most days in his room, me playing guitar and him singing. The day he first sang “I’m Not Human,” as I was playing that guitar part, we both looked at each other and cracked a smile, knowing it was special.”
“We listened back to the voice memo he recorded and talked about finishing it, but the few times that we tried recording vocals in the studio, the feeling was never the same, and he always preferred the original voice memo, which is why we chose to keep it in the official version of the song.”
“The conversation with Uzi about finding the right time and the right song for a posthumous release with Jahseh dates back to late 2018 before the release of SKINS,” he continues.
“Uzi came to Florida, played basketball with X’s little brother Aidan, listened to the album with Cleo and I, but eventually, they felt it wasn’t the right time for a song, and it was agreed that we would rather wait for something to feel right rather than force it. Years later, I’m happy to say the right time and right song aligned after Cleo and Uzi reconnected in late 2022.”
“As complicated and conflicting as posthumous releases can be, I feel I’ll hold this one in a special place due to the fact that I was able to have some small part in connecting two of the most pure and loving people I know,” Cunningham concluded.
XXXTentacion was shot and killed during a robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 2018. The three men charged in that killing were sentenced to life in prison earlier this year with no chance of parole.