School Shooters (Remix) – [XXXTENTACION] ft. [Lil Wayne] & [Kemba]

Even before the release of XXXTENTACION’s album Bad Vibes Forever, X left a void in the world of music that will never be filled. His multifaceted talents could bring him from vocal cord busting yelling over distorted production to crooning over lighthearted and meditative acoustic guitar, as well as anything else along that spectrum. Many outsiders looking in just saw him as the beyond hyped wild boy that was new to the industry but making major waves, but those who really paid attention knew he went much deeper than that and had a lot more depth than what could be found on the surface.

An example of this can be heard on “School Shooters”, one of the standout tracks on his posthumous album featuring the legend Lil Wayne. In this song, the two artists bring light to a very real and awful phenomenon going on in the world. They look inside the minds of someone who would commit such a heinous act and express their thoughts via song. It’s intense, hard to wrap your head around, and violent, but it sheds light on an issue that has been unfortunately becoming more common in the past few years.

This song, in particular, seemed to stick out to New York City rapper Kemba, who said he had to get on a remix as soon as he heard the original for the first time. He follows suit with the original, implanting himself in the mind of one of those people, talking about mental problems and more. With pretty much no vocal effects, Kemba delivers an extremely consistent flow talking about how no one is looking out for him, whether that’s celebrities who set the trends, law enforcement, and others who should set the precedent. Beyond this, he goes really deep into other issues including family problems, friends who turn to guns or drugs to cope with issues, and the fact that God is the only one who has his back. As for his second verse, he dedicates it to all of the people who feel just like him, getting more worked up and insistent with every word.

Although the original song delved into some of the darkest topics in society today, it sheds some much-needed light on a very real and valid issue. Kemba emphasizes and expands on this, making it more personal to himself rather than just talking about it in general, which I think helped get the point across further and really stressed some of the key points being made in the original. I’m sure by now you’ve heard the first rendition of “School Shooters” off of X’s latest album, but this remix is a new spin on an already fantastic song, so don’t forget to give it a listen.

Words by Danny Adams