Meaning of “Sad” by XXXTentacion

“Sad” is a song by the late American hip hop artist XXXTentacion. The lyrics of “Sad” see the singer struggling with severe depression, which is brought on by issues in his romantic relationship. The singer, who fears that his relationship with his girlfriend might come to an end, goes as far as telling her that he would take his own life should she ever leave him.

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

It is noteworthy that this isn’t the first song of the singer/rapper to deal with the issue of suicide. His 2017 song “Jocelyn Flores“, which is dedicated to a female model friend of his who committed suicide, also deals with this topic.

Lyrics of "Sad" by XXXTentacion

But are the lyrics of this song autobiographical?

While many suspect the depressing lyrics are autobiographical, the rapper never confirmed or denied that during his lifetime. Based on this, we cannot safely conclude whether the lyrics are about something real in his life or not. But what is 100% certain is that throughout his short life, XXXTentacion battled severely with mental health issues. And studies have shown that most people who have suicidal thoughts tend to suffer from a variety of mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

For example, in a 2017 interview he had with presenter K. Foxx on 103.5 The Beat in Miami, he confessed to have attempted committing suicide but was too afraid to do it.

Facts about “Sad”

  • The song was co-written by XXXTentacion and his longtime collaborator John Cunningham. In addition to co-writing the song, Cunningham also produced it.
  • “Sad” was released on March 2nd, 2018 as one of the two singles from XXXTentacion’s second studio album titled ?. It is worth taking note of the fact that ? was also the last album of XXXTentacion to be released during his lifetime.
  • “Sad” remains one of XXXTentacion’s most successful singles. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the track peaked at number 7, making it the rapper’s first top 10 song and his highest charting song in his home country. On the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number 19.
  • In the wake of his death, the song rose from number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 to hit the number 1 spot. This made XXXTentacion the first deceased artist to hold a posthumous number one song as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100 since the late American rapper Notorious B.I.G. achieved this with the single “Mo Money Mo Problems” in 1997. FYI: XXXTentacion was shot and killed on 18th June, 2018. He was only 20 years old.
  • No official music video was released for “Sad” during XXXTentacion’s lifetime. The official music video, which was shot before the rapper’s passing, was released on June 28th, 2018. The posthumous music video of “Sad”, which is very haunting, sees the young rapper attending his own funeral at a church and having a very violent physical fight with his “former self”/dead body. The music video was both written and creative directed by the late rapper. JMP directed the video.
  • On 19th June, 2018 (a day after XXXTentacion was killed), the song made history on Spotify when it was streamed 10.4 million times to become the most streamed song in a single day on Spotify.

Below is the posthumous music video of “Sad” released a day after a public memorial service was held in Florida for XXXTentacion:

31 Responses

  1. Frankie says:

    My dad won’t let me listen to this song because it has the word ‘suicide’ in it. Any tips on how I can convince my dad to let me listen to it again? Thanks in advance

    • Cullen Heminover says:

      Tell him he sucks and the beatles sucked way more than

    • George Zeke says:

      Hey Frankie,

      Try to explain to him that there is e a bigger message in this song. Its is not just a rap music with clear message of bling bling and etc. Its is a universal way of expressing the universe trough strong feelings that have no words equivalent. Music and energy is needed. And this is all abut here, at least thats what i believe. It is the biggest battle, and “suacide” is just a word. And if you are strong enough to see/fee/hear the bigger meaning, that word have no control over you and your toughts. And remember you are not your toughts. 🙂

    • Rosey says:

      Just google it and listen in a way he cant hear lol

    • Anonymous says:

      Your dad is in the true, this song is not good for the real depressed people, it could be lead you to the bottom line. I were really really struggling a lot some time ago, and I can say that this type of songs didn’t really helped in that situation so I wouldn’t recommended it to a kid listening to it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually it kinda does help because it helps ppl figure out how they are feeling inside and its always good to hear your feelingS out loud. If you know what i mean.

    • juice wrld says:

      Tell your dad that he is talking about a “video game” I’ve done it before and it works lol good luck or just get a blue tooth headphones and then listen on your phone 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Listen to it anyway…???
      Who tf cares what he thinks. It’s simple, listen to it, and just don’t let him find out. ????

  2. Tonga says:

    Tell him that X is trying to create awareness for people with mental health problems

  3. X is doing the right thing, what ya’ll talking about

  4. Lak mayor weL says:

    It is surprising that the artist predicted his death.

    • Liz says:

      Actually, he admitted to becoming increasingly paranoid about being killed. Many people suggested he get security but he didn’t want security. He might have still been alive if he had it. I don’t think he wanted to admit how much of a star he was.
      This song is clearly telling us through the video that he wants to let go of his former self and so the coffin is totally symbolic. He is afraid of letting go of XXX because he gets all this love and respect as XXX that he didn’t get as Jaseh. He is afraid of letting go of the persona and being the person.

  5. just kidding u loser says:

    rip x and juice…..


  6. Unknown says:

    my freakin heart is broken && i feel that it will stay like that. But we pray for the good not the bad. 👌 #LLJ we love you !🥰🥰

  7. Anonymous says:

    XXX deserved so much more than he had. He wrote songs about such deep feelings and literally let people into his mind when listening to his albums. He expresses how he doesn’t want to lose who he has and its so sad that he felt that way. All he ever did was give. All the people ever did was hate. -@ResuluteAziz_90 on SCRATCH

  8. dallas says:

    i am depressed so i feel the same. i am trying but its hard

  9. The_Wither_Boss says:

    He really Does deserve a lot…A LOT

  10. Esmeralda says:

    I really miss him but it’s very hard because I’m depressed

  11. adrianna says:

    this song calms me down

  12. gayboy says:

    Ni–a listen to me. Tell ur dad to know the true meaning of the freaking song and then he will decide.

  13. Caraline Nix says:

    Same I have s**cidal thoughts sometimes

  14. Wyatt says:

    He should have never died he deserved more then death.

  15. xxx says:

    xxxtentacion just why did you died you didn’t deserve it like why if it was a choice me live or you live ill pick you i swear to god cuz XXX FOR LIFE

  16. Unknown says:

    I don’t think he’s talking about his girlfriend. I think he’s talking about something deeper, an unknown phenomenon.
    Something like fighting demons, giving the devil everything and now lost and lonely.
    He’s afraid to let go because he knows it’s suicide, speaking from most of his pals experience.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I really miss everything about xxx especially his voice and the way he gets into our minds nice guy

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