Before the 2020 XXL Freshman class will be revealed this summer, the Freshman hopefuls are here to show and prove why they deserve a spot in this year’s class. The 10th Spot voting, powered by SoundCloud, launched Monday (March 30), which means hip-hop's rising newcomers are vying for a spot on the 2020 XXL Freshman cover.
While many of the current crop of new rappers have adopted a similar sound, Duke Deuce is all about carrying on tradition. A 27-year-old Memphis native whose father is producer Duke Nitty, Double D has been running with the crunk torch for the past few years. His breakout moment happened in 2017, when he released the buzzing single “Whole Lotta,” which caught the attention of Migos’ Offset and eventually led to a deal with Quality Control Music the same year.
The 2018 mixtape Memphis Massacre, a bombastic exhibition of today’s sound with a mix of classic crunk accoutrements, hit the streets next followed by appearances on QC’s Control the Streets Vol. 2 compilation via tracks "Yeh" and "Grab A…" His audience expanded with the release of the boisterous 2019 single “Crunk Ain’t Dead,” the video for which boasts 11 million views on YouTube. In February, he doubled down with his Memphis Massacre 2 project featuring the “Crunk Ain’t Dead (Remix)” with Juicy J, Project Pat and Lil Jon. Things are looking turnt up.
Now that you've heard his pitch, remember to vote for your favorite artist beginning March 30. The 2020 XXL Freshman 10th Spot will run for one week. This is where the public gets the chance to vote an artist into the XXL Freshman Class. Go here to make your vote count for your favorite artist.
Once you've voted, head over to XXL’s YouTube page to take a look back at the 2019 XXL Freshman Class, which features DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, YBN Cordae, Rico Nasty, Gunna, Comethazine, Tierra Whack, Lil Mosey, Roddy Ricch, Blueface and YK Osiris.
And watch all the 2020 XXL Freshman pitch videos that have been released on XXL’s YouTube page here.
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