Crunk music was never dead, but Memphis rapper Duke Deuce has taken it upon himself to inspire a new generation to tear the club up. With inexhaustible energy and a booming voice, the 28-year-old Quality Control Music star who was discovered by rap heavyweight Offset, has reclaimed the ecstatic subgenre for his city, turning up while making grim and gleeful bangers. Rapping about harrowing realities in his gang-ridden hometown of Blackhaven and also the benefits of his hard-won success, Duke has already reached millions of fans and has amassed over 22 million global streams. They dig his music’s intensity as much as they do his playful dancing (a.k.a. gangsta walking). “A lot of people aren’t ready to be themselves,” Duke says plainly. “I don’t care what nobody thinks.” His personality and the high-octane anthems on his Memphis Massacre projects — like the “Crunk Ain’t Dead” remix featuring crunk legends Lil Jon, Juicy J, and Project Pat — have garnered praise from Pitchfork, SPIN, Complex, XXL, FADER, and The Ringer, among others. Already under his belt, Duke has also collaborated with the likes of Lil Yachty, Mulatto, and Offset. Duke has spent countless hours preparing his next proper project DUKE NUKEM. It’s full of crushing crunk music to ring in the next phase of Duke’s global massacre.


SPIN (Live Session) | VEVO CTRL

Back 2 Back

Spin ft. Foogiano

Soldiers Steppin

Duke Nukem Freestyle

Grab A... feat. Tay Keith

Crunk Aint Dead


KIRK feat. Mulatto

Crunk Ain’t Dead Remix ft. Lil Jon, Juicy J, & Project Pat



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+ The Ones: Duke Deuce’s “BHZ”, Pitchfork

+ The Break Presents Duke Deuce, XXL

+ In Duke Deuce, America May Have Found Its Next Crunk Superstar, The Ringer

+ ‘I’m Making It Cool to Be Crunk’: An Interview With Duke Deuce, Complex

+ Duke Deuce Tells Us Why His ‘Crunk Ain’t Dead’ Movement Is Taking Over Hip-Hop, Uproxx