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.
South Carolina's own Renni Rucci has her foot on the competition's neck since she entered the game. The 28-year-old rapper first picked up a pen over a decade ago in high school, and after working several jobs through the years, including stripping, Renni got serious about rap in late 2017. That year, the southern spitter went viral when she rapped over Lil Baby's fittingly-named "Freestyle" track, which now sits at over 25 million views on YouTube.
Keeping the momentum going, Renni freestyled over other popular tracks that year including Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" and Moneybagg Yo's "Trending." In 2019, she dropped her first official project, the 10-track effort, Big Renni. The song "Fuck Em Up Sis" from the project has been streamed more than 2 million times on Spotify. After publicly being praised by Quality Control co-CEO Pierre "Pee" Thomas, Renni's track "Like That" appeared on Quality Control's Control The Streets 2 compilation months later. Now, in 2020, her brand is growing strong. Listen to her recently released get-money anthem "Bitch Do It" to get a taste of what she has to offer.
Now that you've heard her 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.