• GOV'T NAME: Sierra Lucas
  • AGE: 23
  • REPPIN': The Bronx
  • X: @scar_lip
  • INSTAGRAM: @scar_lip
  • TIKTOK: @scar_lip
  • NOTABLE RELEASES: Songs: “This Is New York,” “No Statements,” “Blick,” “Blick (Remix)” featuring NLE Choppa; Guest Appearances: Swizz Beatz’s “Take ’Em Out” featuring Benny The Butcher and Jadakiss
  • LABEL: Epic Records
  • CURRENTLY WORKING ON: Debut EP Scars & Stripes coming later this year.
  • WHO ELSE SHOULD BE PART OF THIS YEAR'S CLASS: “We need Big Yellow. We need Connie Diiamond. We need freaking 41. We need them because these are young artists that’s been grinding and put in work in for years, and they making noise.”
  • INFLUENCED BY: “DMX really taught me at a young age that even a man could cry. He was a tough, strong man, right? But he cried at the end of his shows. He put his life into his poems. He showed me real life, not just the money, the jewelry, the success. And he showed me how he struggled with real-life problems and addiction and depression, but he still rises. And that’s what I take from DMX. Especially in my life.

    E-V-E. That’s my girl. Lauryn Hill. As a Black woman growing up, when I was a little girl, and I would see Lauryn Hill on my TV screen with the nappy hair and the dark skin, moisturized with the cocoa butter. I’ll look at the camera and be like, She looks like me. When I look in the mirror, I see dark skin. I see nappy hair, and it’s beautiful.”

  • AS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL: “I skipped class all the time. I actually didn’t even finish high school. I went to Job Corps to finish high school. I didn’t get my GED. I got my high school diploma. I was a fighter and a bad kid. Because when you’re young in the hood, you be fighting people and sh*t. I was beating bi**hes up because I’m from the hood. This is the sh*t I do.

    I beat bi**hes up, and that’s what I did in high school. It was deep-rooted in trauma, past trauma that I never got out, and I just took it [out] on others. But I never beat somebody up for no reason. It was always a reason I beat bi**hes up.”

TRUTH ON BEING AN XXL FRESHMAN: “[It’s] a big deal for me because I always watched XXL. Especially in my teen years, always watching artists and stuff, like celebrities that I look up to, celebrities I love on this platform. As a Freshman, that’s the biggest thing you could be. And it’s important to be here. This is an accomplishment. It’s like, I’m that bi**h now. I’m stamped.

I bring my authentic self [to this class]. I’m bringing a realness. I’m bringing the pain and the ugly truth to the XXL. Raw female energy, real-life energy. New York energy. I feel like I’m bringing hip-hop back on the map. I’m bringing that raw feeling back. That raw feeling, we ain’t felt that in a long time. And everybody’s doing their thing, you feel me? Everybody brings different things to the table. But this is just what I bring. And I’m proud of it, and I’m standing confident.

I feel like a lot of my life has been just to prove to people, like, that I’m important. Ya’ll gonna see me because I never really felt seen. Today’s my mom’s birthday. She died. And the day of the XXL, I was going to go to my mom’s grave. It was like, this is really big. I really worked my way to get here.

[When the cover releases] I’m going to pop some bottles. Probably go out to eat with my team and my fam. [My fans] feel like they’re my family. When they see me on the XXL [cover], they’re going to be a proud sister or a proud mom, or a proud dad.”—As told to Bianca Torres

Watch ScarLip's 2024 XXL Freshman Freestyle

ScarLip 2024 xxl freshman freestyle

There are very few up-and-coming rappers in the current state of hip-hop who exude the type of raw emotion that ScarLip brings in the booth. The 23-year-old New York City native personifies the harsh realities of a young Black woman being raised in the gritty streets of the Bronx. ScarLip has faced unimaginable trauma throughout her life, and she uses those wounds as motivation to flip the script in the form of a blossoming rap career. She poignantly pours her heart out in her 2024 XXL Freshman freestyle.

With powerful passion delivered via her dynamic vocal ability, ScarLip's freestyle is a tattered yet inspirational self-portrait painted across an a cappella canvas. The sheer pain in her voice matched with harrowing tales of an unfair life are masterfully crafted to evoke compassion from even the most hardened souls. Alongside an underlying portrayal of self-driven hope, Scar joins the 2024 XXL Freshman Class with a vehemently visceral autobiography in rhyme form.

"As a Black girl in the system, I was taught to hate myself," ScarLip painfully recalls before rapping about the horrors of foster care that she faced following her mother's untimely death when she was just 12 years old. "Raised in a Black home, if you talk back, they grab the belt/I was jumped from house to house, you don't know how that made me felt/Two years later, I grabbed the knife, I was ready to kill myself."

Much like a phoenix rising from the ashes, ScarLip lays it all on the line with fire and ferocity—the same attributes that have carried her along her disadvantageous path to success. "You don't know sh*t about my life, stop saying that you care/Where was you at when he was touchin' me? None of y'all was there/Where was you at when my mother died? None of y'all was there/I used to have this spark in me, you see, they took that glow in me/Want me to tell you ’bout my life without you even knowing me?" she spits.

As ScarLip's lyrical ode to her unfavorable upbringing continues throughout the verse, she shines a light on the sad societal norms people in similar situations face all too often. "Ain't no happy ending, ain't no happiness for me/Told my uncle I want to rap, he told me that was just a dream/And dreams told come true for Black girls that look like me/So, therapist, please tell me, what do you see when you look at me?" Scar continues.

The Big Apple MC is very much aware that her dark depictions of deep-rooted despair, while relatable to so many, set her apart from other rhymers in a hip-hop landscape full of lavish lifestyles and rich flexes. When asked what she brings to the rap game as part of this year's XXL Freshman Class, Scar says, "I'm bringing a realness. I'm bringing the pain, and I'm bringing the ugly truth to XXL." 

She also understands the type of impact her story can have on a sector of rap fans who can often be overlooked. "If you're not confident in who you are and how you look, and there's no voice for people that's just young girls that look like me, they're going to be insecure thinking they have to look like this and look like that," ScarLip tells XXL at the Freshman cover shoot this past May. "That's why it's always good when artists and musicians represent themselves confidently and as themselves because it just shows us we can be ourselves."

However, through all that, it isn't necessarily all struggle and strife for ScarLip at this moment in her blossoming career. In fact, through her grimy bars and boisterous voice, ScarLip has been able to quickly align herself with some of hip-hop's most elite players of all time including crucial cosigns from Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Jadakiss and her high-profile mentor, Swizz Beatz.

After breaking through to the rap game's mainstream in 2023, with "This Is New York," ScarLip was invited to perform the menacing Big Apple anthem in her home borough alongside Snoop Dogg at last year's Hip-Hop 50 Live concert at Yankee Stadium. The look made way for ScarLip to slide on standout collabs with the likes of Benny The Butcher and Jadakiss, both of whom she matches lyrically on the song "Take ’Em Out." Her most successful song to date, "No Statements," has raked in nearly 4.5 million Spotify streams and earned ScarLip her first appearance on Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Watch ScarLip cathartically triumph over tragedy in her 2024 XXL Freshman freestyle below.—Joey Echevarria

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