Much has been made about the insurgence of "mumble" and "SoundCloud" rap, but what cannot be denied or overlooked is the fact that hip-hop is currently in the midst of a youth movement, with an influx of new stars putting less emphasis on the old and ushering in the new. Among the more promising of these new acts is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, a neophyte out of New York City with the swagger and hit-making potential to become the next bona fide mainstream star to emerge out of the five boroughs.

Hailing from the Highbridge section of the Bronx, A Boogie, born Artist Dubose, made a big splash in the beginning of 2016, with his debut mixtape, Artist, and the breakout singles "My Shit," "Timeless" and "Bag on Me," the latter of which helped introduce his partner-in-crime and co-founder of Highbridge the Label, Don Q.

Earning cosigns from the likes of Drake and other power players in the rap game, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has continued to flourish, earning a record deal with Atlantic Records for Highbridge The Label as a joint venture, and earning a slot on the 2017 XXL Freshman cover.

Disproving any doubts that he's a one-hit wonder with his Kodak Black-assisted hit single "Drowning," A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie looks to take the biggest leap in his career yet with the release of his debut album, The Bigger Artist. Boasting guest appearances from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, PnB Rock, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Robin Thicke and Don Q, and production by Metro Boomin, Cardo, DJ Mustard, Jahaan Sweet, Murda Beatz and more, The Bigger Artist is primed to be one of the more high-powered debuts of 2017.

XXL sifted through A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie's new release and highlight 20 of the best lyrics from The Bigger Artist that stood out to us.

  • 1

    "No Promises"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "I made a milly in less than a year and I blew that on stupid shit/Typed it in like, 'How to make a milly,' I used to Google it/Savannah just wanted to see me perform and got hit over stupid shit/I woke up and saw the shit right on my phone, they don't know who the shooter is"

  • 2

    "No Promises"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "I be the one with the sauce, I never thought it was sweet/I got my foot in the door, they never gave me the key/I had to turn to a ki/Even when I was a boy, I was the man in the streets/I was the man with the heat, I was a beast, sheesh/He had her heart, but she tried to give it to me"

  • 3


    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring 21 Savage

    "Bitch I got more bodies than a general in Vietnam/Fuck yo nigga, he a bum, strippers picking up the crumbs/Hundreds in my pocket, you would think that I had beef with ones/Fuck her like she Nia Long/Yeah, my clip long, fucking up my hip bone/Steve Stephen ass nigga, now your bitch gone/I just whipped a quarter brick and now my wrist gone" - 21 Savage

  • 4


    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring Kodak Black

    "I'm gon' make her panties wet when she see the way I flex/I'm gon' win a Grammy, move my family out the projects/We went from chillin' in the projects to makin' projects/We was tryna get to the top, and they tried to stop us/I talk for myself, bitch I don't need no fucking voucher/She looked at my wrist and she looked at a hundred thousand" - A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

  • 5

    "Say A'"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "If she ever turn sherm on me then she basic/Couple bitches had to swerve on ’em, I updated/You pulled up with her, she ain't leave with who she came with/She deserve better, you's a bird, you's a wasteman/Fuck a umbrella, change weather in my spaceship/Diamonds dancing, I'm two-stepping with my bracelet"

  • 6

    "Say A'"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "They look at me now, bitch I'm drowning/And my hoodie Saint Laurent, it's a thousand/And we come straight out the Bronx, so we wildin'/Shoutout BK, Free Bobby and Free Rowdy/Free my nigga V12, holla if you see 12/Febreze, believe me, it'll cover the weed smell"

  • 7

    "No Comparison"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "I put this beat on my body list/Metro a beast, yeah, he bodied it/They tried to give me a stylist, I told ’em I'm good, yo you wylin'/I got sick of wearing Versace/I wore red bottoms, don't let me get in a fight with ’em/One of them spikes and I might hit him/I'm from the jungle, say that you fuck with gorillas/I know that you niggas be lying"

  • 8


    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "If I tell you all my secrets, it won't be a secret/But if I tell you a secret, I hope that you can keep it/Mike Amiri denims, couldn't fit the fuckin' ratchet/I'm with a shooter, sorry, if he gotta fucking bag niggas/Started calling me the goat, I came up from the grass, nigga/I got water on my wrist, I told her look at that river"

  • 9

    "Let's Start Over"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "You told me that you don't care, I know you care don't lie/When I hit it from the back you be so scared, don't lie/Pull your hair and I bet I could break the bed on it/The way she gripping on the dick, she broke a nail on it/In and out the lobby, had the scale on me/Tissue on the camera so the super couldn't tell on me"

  • 10

    "Get to You"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "Metro Boomin on the beat, I feel like I'm cheating/Showing me that nipple ring, I feel like you teasing/You keep begging me to eat, girl why you beasting?/Can I take you to my suite, yeah, for a weekend/Can you come and give me brain, make me a genius/I could make that pussy beatbox while I'm singing"

  • 11


    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring Don Q

    "I know your head sloppy/Girl, you really do it like you care about me/Avianne got me feeling like I'm playing hockey/Rap money got me pulling up in big bodies/Big bodies little niggas don't know shit about me/Call me Artie I love to party, shooters beside me/Left the ’Rari inside the parking lot, oh, I'm sorry/Ended up with a Spanish mami calling me papi" - A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

  • 12

    "Money Sprung"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring Don Q

    "I'm ahead of the race/Flooring the gas, I'm passing the cops that I lead on a chase/If they come find out this weapon I placed/They might just give me a federal case/All of my folks has a residue taste/Rollie presidential when that presidential/Counting blue strips with the President face/I got the votes, don't you ever debate" - Don Q

  • 13

    "If I Gotta Go"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "I seen a lotta bitches get slid in and make me not want to be faithful to bitches/I did a lotta fucked up shit and I know I was wrong but just pray for a nigga/I look up at Quo, I wish I could look at my bro but now he keep a angel with niggas/Beastie you know, I'm goin' in on these niggas/I am not playin' with niggas"

  • 14

    "If I Gotta Go"

    A Boogie Wit Da Shit

    "Bitches be all on my dick but they never would notice me if I was dead bro/I used to posted up right on that strip with a stick, I was just like a scarecrow/Sosa was with me, he had a strap on him, you woulda thought it was Velcro/I was on 50 when niggas givin' out a buck 50 for damn codes"

  • 15

    "If I Gotta Go"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "Big safe, big face, big Wraith, nothing but big things/Big bank take lil' bank, nigga, but I be in big banks/Young MJ from where the niggas play, pull up with six rings/Ice on my arm like my wrist sprained/So many hoes I forget names"

  • 16

    "Fucking & Kissing"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring Chris Brown

    "Would I be trippin' if I DM your friends and fuck all your bitches?/Would it be ignant?/You say I'm trippin' but they the ones with it/I thought it was love/’Til you went out tellin' our business/Lyin' when you know you did it/Cryin' but don't see no tears/I guess we really all guilty" - Chris Brown

  • 17

    "Bad Girl"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring Robin Thicke and Trey Songz

    "I thought I was lovin' it/I was in lost with it, told her that I cannot fuck with it/She like how I'm modest and she call me Artist/I love when she scream out my government name/I met her at Onyx, I took her to my place/We fucked, then popped bottles of bubbly/She ended up popping the percs, she was wildin', I think she just wanted some company" - A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

  • 18

    "Stalking You"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

    "They threw me in the jungle so I started bussin' licks/I ran into a mic and then I said fuck the shit/They call me Young Mike bout to get the glove and shit/Two diamond rings yea I paid a dub for it/Throw subs at me bet I don't respond to it/I'm countin' up money while you niggas commenting"

  • 19

    "Beast Mode"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again

    "I can't afford it, I got a daughter you won't catch me slippin'/Yeah, I should be gettin' realer, I be gettin' richer/But I just spent up on my neck could pay a bitch tuition/All my diamonds they be dancin' like they New Edition/I mix the Louis and Supreme that's limited edition/Fuck ya bitch and now ya bitch she missin'" - PnB Rock

  • 20

    "Beast Mode"

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Featuring PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again

    "Fuck her with my jeans on, fuck her with my chains on/She like how I be kicking she might think that I'm from Hong Kong/Everybody turn yo' power off if yo' phone's on/Hoe you gon' get slapped up in yo' shit using the wrong tone" -YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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