With co-production credits for a posthumous XXXTentacion hit song, Jamaican music producer Jon FX hopes his former protégé reaches the heights he failed to achieve when he was alive.
‘Arms Around You’ entered the Billboard R&B Streaming Chart at number one last week, and number 14 on the magazine’s Hot 100. This week, it dropped a notch to number two and number 56, respectively, but with a new XXXTentacion album scheduled to drop in December, the single is likely to enjoy a resurgence.
Born in Plantation, Florida, XXXtentacion, whose parents are Jamaican, was 20 years-old when he was killed by gunmen in June this year at a Deerfield Beach car dealership. Four men have since been arrested in connection with his death.
Jon FX, whose real name is Jon Crawford, produced several songs with XXXtentacion including ‘I Don’t Even Speak Spanish LOL’, which is from the rapper’s second album which went number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in March.
Born in Kingston, Jon FX has called South Florida home for the past 15 years. He has produced songs by premier dancehall and hip-hop acts including Sizzla, Gyptian, Akon and Busta Rhymes.
“Arms Around You”
XXXTentacion was Producer’s greatest success
His greatest success came with XXXTentacion whom he met six years ago when the confused teen was keen to embark on a music career. They first lay tracks for ‘Arms Around You’ in 2016.
For Jon FX, who co-produced the song with Skrillex and Mally Mall, its success is a big deal.
“Being number one on the R&B Streaming Song Chart sure changes the caliber of artist/songs world-wide presence,” he said.
Growing up, Jon Crawford was fascinated by music and its production aspect. His heroes included Sly and Robbie and Quincy Jones, but he admired the American producer Burt Bacharach’s distinctive style “for his writing and composition which honed an entire era.”
Billboard reports that the upcoming XXXTentacion album is likely to hit number one on several of its charts. That would be another achievement for Jon’s former mentor whose objective was “to take him out of the hip-hop stigma and into the world’s eyes.”