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The Hulu documentary Look at Me: XXXTENTACION aims to eliminate the myths around the late rapper. The documentary looks at how Jahseh Onfroy, a Florida teenager, became rapper XXXTentacion, one of the world’s most-streamed performers. It investigates the artist’s effect through archive videos and interviews with friends and relatives.

Following a brief term in a juvenile prison institution, the young guy decided to explore music. He created a hip-hop group called Members Only with his pal, now known as the rapper Ski Mask the Slumpy God, and began uploading their songs to SoundCloud. Under the identity XXXTentacion, he recorded songs that catapulted him to national prominence, shedding light on his messy choices and decisions with women and the mental health challenges he suffered and performed about.

Jahseh Onfroy was murdered to death outside of a motorbike showroom in 2018, expanding his celebrity posthumous but receiving criticism for his actions and choices.

The documentary is a masterpiece. I believe it humanized Onfroy at first before we got to the domestic abuse case, and then they redeemed him by showing all of the things he was doing and how he was feeling even before his death.

Onfroy’s background is extensively revealed, and the fundamental thread that connects everything is a tale about a wounded artist. This point appears to be reiterated frequently throughout the documentary, even if the people discussing it are unaware of the wider issue beyond them and what they have experienced thus far. To put it simply, he was a complex person who went through many dark phases in his life that forced him to indulge in negativity. 

He comfortably disclosed his severe mental health difficulties and was praised for it by supporters who stated they felt seen, establishing something that depends on pain to continue. As a result, a difficult and damaging cycle involving art, popular attention and subsequently formed. He may have carried not just his own sadness and troubles but also those of a whole fanbase.He had the ability to make people feel wanted, needed, and valuable, and it was this quality that attracted everyone to him.

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At its heart, the documentary presents the factors that shaped his work and maintains, based on the evidence of those close to him, that Jahseh Onfroy was in the process of making changes to his life when he died.

Look at Me provides insights about what happened before, but it does not provide a complete picture. Jahseh was much more than a musician. He undertook humanitarian work that was never shown, and the domestic abuse tale felt lacking in the documentary. I’m not sure if they wanted to represent him positively or as a paradigm of toxic masculinity. I leave that to your judgment. 

Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.