Blueface’s Pitch for 2019 XXL Freshman
Before the 2019 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 will launch on March 25, which means hip-hop's rising newcomers are vying for a spot on the 2019 XXL Freshman cover.
West Coast rapper Blueface, the self-described choir orchestrator, is having the best year of his life. The Los Angeles native, who began rapping in late 2017, has already achieved a feat that many rappers in the game for years before him haven't accomplished: landing a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit. "Thotiana," Blueface's breakout, ScumBeatz-produced banger, peaked at No. 9 on the chart earlier this month, solidifying the rhymer as one of hip-hop's most popular newcomers of 2019.
Besides "Thotiana," which has already received official remixes with both YG and Cardi B, and songs like "Bleed It" and "Dead Locs," Blueface's appeal comes from his unique delivery: his rhyming style finds him dodging the beat entirely. While his music has earned him more mainstream love—Will Smith can be found dancing to "Thotiana" on Instagram—’Face's Crip-Walking has made him a viral sensation at times. Practice makes perfect because the 22-year-old artist's footwork was admittedly once trash if you let him tell it.
With a new album planned for this summer—he's already released the Famous Cryp LP and Too Coccy EP last year—collaborations with G-Eazy and Lil Pump in the can and his label, Cash Money West, pushing him further into the forefront, Blueface has a solid setup to win.
Now that you've heard his pitch, remember to vote for your favorite artist beginning March 25. The 2019 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 2018 XXL Freshman Class, which features Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Stefflon Don, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral and Trippie Redd.