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.
Lil Keed knows how to talk to ’em. For the last two years, the 21-year-old rapper has been ascending as one of the hottest young artists in Atlanta, which lead to his breakout year being a productive one. After gaining a rep with the 2018 single "Bag," which appeared on his debut mixtape, Trapped on Cleveland, he drew the attention of Young Thug, who signed Keed to his YSL Records label the same year. Keed dropped three more projects that year including Trapped on Cleveland 2 and Keed Talk to Em, which yielded the gold single “Nameless.”
With a penchant for melody driven-trap raps and a loyal following, he delivered his debut album, Long Live Mexico, in 2019 powered by the YNW Melly and Lil Uzi Vert-assisted “Pull Up”—the project has over 30 million streams on SoundCloud. After collaborating with Zaytoven, Lil Yachty and his brother Lil Gotit on the A-Team project in February, Keed has plans to deliver the third installment in his Trapped on Cleveland series later this year. Real talk.
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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