Watch his top 15 performance below:
"Out of the hundreds of entries for this one take contest... I made the top 15. I'm so humbled and encouraged by that. I didn't honestly expect to win, but top 15!? I'll take that!" he wrote on Facebook.
The below video was his submission to the contest:
DeRuse is released his first project in five years, Defining DeRuse, on February 17.
The record features Da' T.R.U.T.H, Ruslan, A. Ward, J. Paul, Alyssa Marie, Jordan Marcotte, and more.
"After 5 years without an album release, I've traveled to 8 different countries to rap/perform, got married, and now have a baby daughter. So much of who I am and what I believe continues to grow and mature. This album is all about trying to define myself and who I have become today as a man, father, and follower of Jesus," said DeRuse.
The single, "Defining DeRuse," was available on January 20 along with the iTunes preorder.
Watch the first single, "Reminiscin' 2.0" below: