Rising Harlem Teen Rapper Sugarhill Ddot Releases Raw New Single: Stressed Out
On September 15, 2023 hip-hop teen breakout artist Sugarhill Ddot released the emotional new single “Stressed Out.”
Unfiltered and nostalgic, the rough-and-ready HectorSoundz (Post Malone) produced anthem finds the young MC letting the world in on some hometown truths. He continues to showcase his diversity as an artist on “Stressed Out,” his most vulnerable record to date. Listen HERE via Priority Records.
On the meaning behind “Stressed Out,” Sugarhill Ddot says, “If you feel stressed out keep going. Never let your emotions get the best of you.”
“Every day I’m stressed out, gotta get a check now … I miss the old me, I miss the old days,” the 15-year-old Harlem rapper reminisces over hypnotic, bass-heavy percussion complemented by an interwoven piano and guitar. Full of wisdom and confidence beyond his years, “Stressed Out” finds Ddot growing as an artist and as a person.
“Stressed Out” follows quickly on the heels of the dance-ready “Shake It,” the fiery “Make A Mess,” and the Miami-inspired “3AM In The Yams,” Ddot’s recent collaboration with Luh Tyler. That track quickly made waves, hitting over one million video views in less than a week.
Right out of the gate, V Magazine featured it in its New Music Roundup, noting: “The new track has all the necessary ingredients to be your next summer anthem. Go add this celebratory track to your pregame playlist!”
“Stressed Out” also follows performances opening for Lil Durk in Chicago and Toosii in New York. On the horizon, Sugarhill Ddot has upcoming tour dates with fellow drill teen DD Osama which includes stops in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Ddot is fast becoming one of the most exciting performers in New York’s burgeoning drill scene. On YouTube, his self-released tracks “I Wanna Love You,” “Dream” and “The Real Purge” have racked up over 15 million combined views — and those conventional metrics only capture a small slice of this phenomenon in the making. To date, Sugarhill Ddot has amassed over 34 million streams in the U.S. alone in his budding career.
About Sugarhill Ddot:
Sugarhill Ddot represents a key link in the chain that stretches back to “Rapper’s Delight” by reflecting the current sound of New York City—drill music and all its brash, hyperkinetic offshoots—while retaining the spirit of youthful innovation that made rap a phenomenon in the first place. Despite Ddot being in the spotlight for just a short time, breakout hits like “I Wanna Love You,” “Evil Twins” and its sequel, and “Stop Cappin” have confirmed him as an unmissable talent, with a positively infectious energy.
Now, on the precipice of national stardom, he’s aiming to bring a mass audience along with him as he discovers the sort of artist he wants to be in real time. Swagger and self-assuredness course through Ddot’s music, which is a natural extension of his magnetic personality. Ddot was only 13 when he began making music, but didn’t take the pursuit seriously until a couple of years later upon inspiration from his friends. Today he approaches the creative process with an insatiable hunger. While Ddot is proud to represent New York’s next wave of rap superstars, he cites major influences from other cities, including Chicago’s Lil Durk. The love is mutual: Durk joined Drake in co-signing Ddot, even going so far as to have him open up a recent concert. Based on his current trajectory, Ddot will have to develop a long memory for all the unbelievable moments in store.
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