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.
TJ Porter is next up from Harlem. One of Def Jam’s most recent signees, TJ made his music debut two years, proving he's got the bars to back up the hype. This kid can spit—listen to "Harlem" to get acquainted. Since then, the 19-year-old rapper has worked towards gaining success with his debut project, Voice of the Trenches, and songs like "Put You On," which he feels is one of his most slept-on tracks.
According to TJ, he's the "hottest shit outta Harlem since Max B, Dipset, whateva you wanna call it." His most notable songs are “Do You Care” (over 2 million YouTube views and 2 million Spotify streams) and “Tricky” (over 1 million YouTube views and 4 million Spotify streams), and he's still got more heat dropping soon.
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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