• Gov't Name: Curtis Stewart
  • Twitter: @ItsKiddKidd
  • Instagram: @kiddkiddrg
  • Age: 26
  • Reppin: New Orleans
  • Notable Releases: Singles: “Big Body Benz,” “I’m A G,” “I Am”; Mixtapes: New Kidd On The Block; EPs with G-Unit crew: The Beauty of Independence, The Beast Is G-Unit
  • Label: G-Unit Records
  • Currently Working On: Fuk Da Fame mixtape due out in July and Street Fame EP due out in August
  • Surprised About Who Is Missing: “Everybody that I expected to be here is here with the exception of the homie, Bobby Shmurda.”
  • Influenced By: “Right now Future be keeping me turnt up. I love his music and I love his work ethic, too. Growing up, I listened to a lot of New Orleans culture. I listen to cats like G-Unit, you know what I’m saying? But before G-Unit, it was Soulja Slim all day every day.”
  • As A Freshman In High School: “I ain’t gonna front. When I was in high school, it wasn’t no freshman because you carry on from junior high with the same people to the same school. New Orleans is small and where I’m from every school I went to was in the 9th Ward, so when I got to school, everybody knew me already.”

TRUTH: On Being A 2015 XXL Freshman: “I was going for the 10th spot, so I looked at a lot of the competition and I’m telling myself, ‘Yo, if I don’t get this spot like something up with y’all!’ I feel like I put in the work and I put in enough effort, and I have yet to really show y’all what it’s really about to be.

Timing means everything for me. I left it all up to faith and the fans responded by voting. I’ve been doing my thing but, you know, I’m kind of fresh in the game now ’cause I’ve never been in the position where I’m at right now in my career. I’ve always been rapping and really started taking it serious when I met Lil Wayne, but there was always so much going on in my life.

When I first got with 50 Cent, I got shot up and had to sit back for 10 months because I had staples and all kinds of shit in me. I couldn’t move around how I wanted to. I had tapes and all that shit finished back then, so that’s why I’m really stacked up on so much fucking music. As soon as I got out of recovery, Fif was working on his project and killed that shit. Then the Unit got back together, so I had to fall back a bit on my music so I could focus more on the group. We did the group thing and now it’s go time.

I think this year’s class is nice, for real. It’s good to see a couple of real niggas in the building. I know where we all come from, so I know we come from the struggle and we come from the grind, and nothing happened over night for nobody, so just to make it here is a blessing for everybody. I’ve been doing this shit, so it feels good to be here and be recognized for my work by the fans. I’m gonna have to say this will be my favorite XXL cover alongside the [XXL October/November 2014] G-Unit cover.

When the cover drops, I’m not going to be the one celebrating; everybody around me is going to be celebrating. I’m gonna be trying to get more work done and get this music out. After this cover, I’m trying to be on the cover by myself, you know what I’m saying? For real. Saying, ‘Yo, Kidd Kidd [having] the biggest impact on hip-hop since 50 Cent,’ you know what I mean? For real. So that’s my goal now. I’ve been sitting in the cut for a long time, for real, man, and now it’s time. Finally off the bench.” —Roger Krastz

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