Jahseh Onfroy (X) – Riot | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review


Jahseh Onfroy AKA Tentacion (Google censorship prevents us from writing down his full name) was an artist beyond his time and age. Much like the late great Tupac Shakur, Jahseh was able to touch people with his music. While much of her music catalog is devoted to her internal struggles, this particular song, titled “Riot” among others, raises its voice against injustice!

The song resurfaced amid ongoing protests over the inhuman murder and police brutality against George Floyd, an African American from Minnesota, United States. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white American policeman from Minneapolis, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of this time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive. The reason for his murder: using a fake $ 20 bill in a store !!! The cause of death has been found to be asphyxiation which is a condition of lack of oxygen supply to the body.

George Floyd’s death reignited a centuries-old battle against police brutality focused on African Americans living specifically in the United States of America. On June 2, 2020, was named #BlackoutTuesday and is trending worldwide on social media platforms.

Listen to “Riot” by Jahseh Onfroy

In “Riot”, Jahseh talks in detail about police brutality. But even more, he talks about riots and how they should be carried out. For this reason alone, this song is more valid today than it was. With the spark of riots across the country, there were unfortunate circumstances where “racketeers” broke into and looted stores. This has earned a bad reputation for the otherwise critical riot act.

“Niggas ask for peace in a riot then bring violence”

X reminds us that it is true that we are all oppressed by the police, the system, the government etc. This man may be going through the same issues as all of us.

X never diminishes the importance of fighting for his rights in the song; “To bathe in the blood of officers …” He says he’s tired of being ignorant at this point. Something has to happen and something has to change. If not, people have to make the change.

However, he reminds us that the innocent must not suffer from any act of riot. If not, who will they become? The same corruption they are fighting against?

X uses part of a speech by a KKK (American White Supremist Group) to end the song. It cuts right after the speaker says “we hate…”, leaving the listener to fill in the blank. For the KKK, white would be an obvious answer. But for the racketeer, what are they going to fill it with? They still have a choice.

Let us know what you think of this song by X in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics and breakdown of meaning on Genius.

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