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, launches today (March 30), which means hip-hop's rising newcomers are vying for a spot on the 2020 XXL Freshman cover.
Armed with an eccentric sense of humor, lithe vocals and some inventive songwriting, Guapdad 4000 is a Bay Area rapper on the rise. Since bursting onto the scene with his December 2017 mixtape, Scamboy Color, the 27-year-old West Oakland, Calif. native has gradually cultivated a fan base across the Bay and the internet abroad due to his hilarious antics on social media, clever songwriting and many aliases (just watch his Freshman pitch to see how many he actually has).
Since then, he's only continued going up. Last year, he consummated his rise by being one of just a few artists from the 109 invited to the J. Cole-sanctioned Dreamville rap camp to appear on two songs ("Costa Rica," "Wells Fargo") on Revenge of the Dreamers III.
Now, as a platinum-selling rhymer thanks to his work on ROTDIII, he's continuing to ride that momentum. Guap dropped his 13-track project Dior Deposits in October 2019, collaborating with Chance The Rapper and Charlie Wilson on the hit "Gucci Pajamas." Moving into 2020, the Ferragamo Falcon has delivered the new track "Dolce & Gabbana Dalai Lama," on which he reflects on his lifestyle of rags to riches.
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.