2019 has already been a breakout year for DaBaby. After inking a major deal with Interscope, dropping his Billboard-charting ‘Baby on Baby’ project, and embarking on a national headlining tour, it doesn’t seem like the Charlotte, NC native will stop heating up any time soon. His rise has drawn eyes and ears of hip-hop fans and other up-and-coming rappers alike, even inspiring one Chicago rapper to put his own spin on one of DaBaby’s hardest tracks to date.

D2X is in the midst of his own come-up himself, and the seismic waves of his talent have already started reverberating through Chicago’s local scene. Last year, he released his ‘Enjoy Life’ EP and gained the attention of DJ Pharris at Power 92 with his song “Woop Woop”. For his latest drop, he’s remixed Da Baby’s “Next Song”—one of the standout tracks on 2018’s ‘Blank Blank’. The “Next Song” instrumental serves as an ideal blueprint for remixing, with its hard baseline and a simple yet remarkably menacing melody. D2X takes full advantage of this beat, filling in the gaps with his straightforward lyrical style and self-assured presence resonating throughout. He weaves in his own story to take possession of the track, referencing his own past as a basketball player and prophesying his success in rap. In doing so, D2X does “Next Song” justice, building upon the energy of the original and leaving listeners with a piece of himself to remember.