Meaning of “Moonlight” by XXXTentacion

“Moonlight” is a song by the late American rapper and singer XXXTentacion. The song’s lyrics mainly see XXXTentacion shower heavy compliments on a girl he is in love with. He tells her how she looks good in the “moonlight”. In the song, X also addresses his detractors by referring to them as p***y n****s and asking them why they are “trippin'”. It is not explicitly clear who these detractors are.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for XXXTentacion's Moonlight at

Few months after this track was released, on June 18, 2018, XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was just 20 year old at the time of his shocking death.

Lyrics of "Moonlight" by XXXTentacion

Facts about “Moonlight”

  • The song was co-written by XXXTentacion and his collaborator songwriter and music producer John Cunningham. The latter also produced the track. Cunningham also co-wrote and produced several XXXTentacion songs including “Changes” and “Sad“.
  • The track was release on March 2, 2018 from X’s second studio album which goes by the title ?.
  • The song has a total length of 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • The official music video for “Moonlight” came out few months after X’s tragic death. The clip was officially released on October 1, 2018.
  • The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the UK Singles Chart.

You can watch the song’s official music video below. It was directed by music video director JMP. However, X wrote and creatively directed it.


The video ends with the words “Energy never dies. He is amongst us. Long live Jah.”It is clear the first two lines are a tribute to X. Despite the fact that he’s physically dead, X still lives on through his music.

Does “Moonlight” sample any song(s)?

No, it doesn’t.

Was the music video shot before X’s death?

Yes. We say yes because X wrote and played the role of the video’s creative director.

13 Responses

  1. Adrianna says:

    whats the meaning behind this song Moonlight?

  2. Abdul says:

    What’s the meaning of the verse

  3. Anthony Maximilian says:

    Moonlight has turned out as an obsessive track for me. Song so unique, creativeness was at it’s peak. Long Live X

  4. Ryan says:

    In the music video,does it mean he doesn’t care if people don’t see him in the party

  5. Anonymous says:

    Was this song covered by gaulin? Group has X’s exact lyrics so I was just curious.

  6. Bella says:

    this song reminds me of someone…

  7. dallas says:

    me too bella…

    im also depressed…
    long live xxxtentacion…
    long live jah

  8. Anonymous says:

    My brother mentioned to me that this song was actually about living in a simulation, a theory X was curious about and believed to an extent. The moonlight and spotlight X talks about is referring to the light being on him like he’s in a video game, he’s the hero, hence being in the spotlight. He didn’t believe he was a human since he was so different from everyone else and said in one of his youtube videos that ‘you’re the actor in your own movie’ showing his ideology of being in a video game or movie.

  9. jamari says:

    r.i.p xxxtentation

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