Fans of Wild 'N Out know TRAETWOTHREE as a clever lyricist who commands the stage and is quick with a comeback. Outside of the show, he's building a career as an artist. Signed to Ncredible/ Art@War / Atlantic Records, he released Out the District last year. The album featured collaborations with Blueface and DDG. His latest single, "Outside Like This," was inspired by a night that changed when he spotted his ex at a party.

Starting Feb. 25 in his hometown of Los Angeles, TRAETWOTHREE will hit the road with mentor Nick Cannon as part of the Next Superstar Tour.

Watch him talk to Lisa Diasparra about recent music, performing on Wild 'N Out, and how an encounter with Cannon changed the course of his career.

For more from TRAETWOTHREE follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

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What Is Happening at Blueface's House?

Salacious clickbait has been a key ingredient in Blueface's rise to fame, but things are starting to get weird.

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Jonathan Porter, otherwise known as the rapper Blueface, technically got famous off a d*ck pic.

It's not as lewd as it sounds. Blueface has always had an uncanny knack for marketing. Years before signing with Cash Money records, he was a star football player at Arleta High School in Los Angeles. He briefly played ball in college at Fayetteville State University before dropping out in 2016 and moving back to LA to pursue music.

Two years later Blueface released his first mixtape, Famous Cryp, to soundcloud. "Thotiana," the lead single from the mixtape nearly topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019 when the song was remixed with Cardi B and YG.

By that time, the West Coast emcee had started to evolve into a meme across Twitter with the record "Respect My Cryppin." The buoyant track was up to the task, thanks to Blueface's shrill, nasally, often conversational flow that landed on-beat only when he felt like it.

The debacle charmed the youth but made hip-hop purists squirm. Another West Coast phenom rapping about sexual appendages and gang violence for the sake of virality? The rapper became a polarizing figure from the jump.

But Blueface was always in on his own joke, hence why putting a picture of his schlong on the cover art for his next single didn't phase him all that much. "I sho' the f*ck did," he said in an interview with Refuse Media. "And that blew a n**** up."

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Female Rappers Lead the 2019 Freshman Class

XXL Magazine finally dropped their freshman cyphers, and Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, and Tierra Whack are carrying the 2019 freshman class on their backs.

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For a solid decade, Nicki Minaj was the only female rapper to maintain mainstream success.

When Cardi B came stomping onto the scene in her "bloody shoes," Barbz were fighting to keep Nicki's throne. Now, a few years later, female rappers are on the rise—proving there's plenty of room at the top.

XXL Magazine finally dropped their freshman cyphers, and Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, and Tierra Whack are carrying the 2019 freshman class on their backs. Unsurprisingly, none of the women were paired together. If they had been, the rest of the freshman class would have no real competition. Each rapper had their own particular style and flow that, as Tierra Whack phrased it, came "for necks."

Megan Thee Stallion is particularly having a bomb "hot girl summer," creating a movement after dropping one of the most stirring projects of 2019, Fever. The Houston rapper has been on the rise, grounding her lyricism in epic and mega-hit freestyles. Hot Girl Meg is legit.

DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, YK Osiris and Lil Mosey's 2019 XXL Freshman

Meanwhile, Rico Nasty may fit into the category of a freshman rapper, but she has already released six mix tapes. At 21, she showed a different side of herself on the 2019 cypher. Deft, exhilarating, and biting, Rico Nasty enchanted viewers both familiar and unfamiliar with her work. She bodied the beat, spitting bar after bar.

Blueface, YBN Cordae and Rico Nasty's 2019 XXL Freshman

Featured on Beyoncé's The Gift, Tierra Whack brought her imagination to "MY POWER" with her controlled and bewitching delivery. The rapper, who Remy Ma cosigned, got real with fans, rapping, "I used to wanna be lighter, but I still shine being dark." Finally, a dark-skin female rapper is making a name for herself without conforming to the pop-rap precedent set by Nicki and Cardi— the rap game will hopefully never be the same.

Roddy Ricch, Comethazine and Tierra Whack's 2019 XXL Freshman