Ski Mask the Slump God has wisely decided to distance himself from fellow Floridian rapper and longtime friend XXXTENTACION, who was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering charges last year, and will finally see his date in court this December.
“I’ll always love that alien-looking nigga named XXX,” Ski Mask told his fans on Instagram Stories, “[but] I had to distance myself because it’s like nobody would see me as an individual rapper if I don’t. On top of that, that nigga crazy as hell.”
The 21-year-old Republic Records signee might have been surprised by how hard it is to be a successful professional recording artist, but it isn't hard to imagine him being scared away by the horribly upsetting headlines that have followed XXX amid his ongoing legal issues.
The expressions "guilty by association" and "you're judged by the company you keep" are often misused and cliché, but in this instance, both are applicable. Ski Mask, for all of his success up until this point, is still a newcomer in the industry. Being aligned with anyone—XXXTENTACION or otherwise—who, if convicted, would be facing substantial prison time, could have a negative impact on his reputation and, by extension, his entire recording career.
Don't take my word for it, though. Just ask Freddie Gibbs.