Tampa native Doechii really “balled all day like Brady.” Watch the cover of XXL this month. The 22-year-old rapper has been selected as one of 12 artists featured in the XXL Freshman Class of 2022, a coveted position for any up-and-coming rapper.
“The XXL Freshman 2022 class breaks the mould. They refuse to conform to the norm and pride themselves on creating a new sound in hip-hop. Like the classes that came before them, these newly inducted rappers are aiming for stardom,” XXL magazine says in today’s announcement.
The Tampa rapper – totally asleep by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay in its list of 22 rappers to watch in 22 – saw a rapid rise in popularity after her 2020 single “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” became the soundtrack of a trending popular Tik Tok called the “why don’t you show up to class?” challenge.
Doechii, the self-proclaimed “swamp princess”, signed with iconic label Top Dawg Entertainment earlier this year, joining the ranks of groundbreaking artists like Sza, Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.
One of his earliest TDE releases and most recent single is a Kal Banks produced banger titled “Persuasive”, inspired by “parties, community, friendships, gay people, queer culture, fashion, sex and alcohol,” according to Doechii herself.
She’s also on the cover of Spotify’s “Artists to Watch” playlist, recently made headlines with publications like Rolling Stone and Complex, and even made her national television debut last month on ” The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”.
Touching on everything from queer identity to class status and mental health, the rapper is known for crafting aggressively upbeat songs about everyday topics.
🏆 1st year XXL 2022 🏆
Who is your favorite freshman this year? pic.twitter.com/WHnsx8pzNZ
– XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 14, 2022
For more information on Doechii, which now operates in Los Angeles but always represents Tampa hard– and the rest of the XXL Freshman 2022 class, visit xxlmag.com/freshman. Other up-and-coming rappers featured include Babyface Ray, Kali, KentheMan, Big30, SoFaygo, and internet sensation Saucy Santana.
Another Tampa Bay-based rap group making national (and international) waves is They Hate Change, whose debut album “Finally, New” was recently listed as one of the “Top 12 Rap Albums of 2022 (So Far)” from Consequence of Sound.