Injecting Latin flair into trap rap, Argentinian emcee Duki rose from the Buenos Aires freestyling underground, breaking into the mainstream with his wavy flow and melodic, auto-tuned vocals. Known for late 2010s singles "She Don't Give a FO" and "LeBron," he also appeared on Bad Bunny's hit 2018 single "Loca." In addition to his solo efforts, Duki is also part of the trio #ModoDiablo with Neo Pistea and Ysy A.
Born Mauro Ezequiel Lombardo in 1996, he first became interested in hip-hop in 2010, inspired by a freestyle battle between Spanish rappers Arkano and Skone. He honed his skills in the underground scene, freestyling and battling amongst the El Quinto Escalon community. In 2013, Duki made a shift toward the trap style after hearing A$AP Mob's 2014 single "Hella Hoes." From there, the young porteño dove headlong into trap, adding his own spin with bilingual bars and reggaeton energy. Early career singles "Ready for the Night," "F4k3s," and "Resaca" helped build his audience before his mainstream breakthrough in 2018 with "She Don't Give a FO" with Khea. That same year, he released an additional dozen songs, including "Quavo #ModoDiablo" with his trio, #ModoDiablo, while also appearing on a remix of "Loca," the Bad Bunny hit that also featured Khea and Cazzu. In 2019, as Duki graduated to bigger stages and international attention, he issued "LeBron" and "Makina de Armado" with familiar faces Neo Pistea and Khea. ~ Neil Z. Yeung