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.
At 25, Skooly can already be considered a young OG in the rap game. Hailing from the westside of Atlanta, he helped start ATL’s buzzing rap group Rich Kidz 11 years ago as a 14-year-old rapper on the rise. Since then, his steady flow of new slaps has made him an unforgettable force in the area. Credited with influencing a few of the waves to come out of the ATL, the melodically-inclined artist dropped his debut solo mixtape, Blacc Jon Gotti, in 2015, and continued to flood the streets with projects like BackwardFeelings and his Don’t You Ever Forget Me series ever since.
Due to tracks like “Lil Boy Shit,” “Proud of You,” the NoCap-assisted “How I Feel,” the radio-friendly “Pop Off” and "Virgil Discount" with 2 Chainz, the “Reliable” rapper has gained close to a million monthly Spotify listeners. Last year, Skooly linked with 2 Chainz to form the new iteration of Tity Boi's label T.R.U., which also features Hott LockedN, Sleepy Rose and Worl. Having dropped some of his biggest bangers to date last year and heading into 2020 with the T.R.U. group album, No Face, No Case, Skooly's ready to level 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.