As with every year, XXL Magazine has released their ‘Freshman’ list of artists that are leading the new wave of Hip-Hop…and (as it has been every year) I feel exponentially older each time. There are a few that I definitely do enjoy: J.I.D. is definitely there to satisfy more traditional Hip-Hop fans, while BlocBoy JB and the Floridian trio (Smokepurpp, Lil Pump and Ski Mask The Slump God) have legit bangers that are hard to avoid. Big shout out to the British-repping Stefflon Don — a huge inclusion on said list given how the likes of Stormzy and J Hus (and older dons like Skepta) have been tragically overlooked.
Anyways, check out the full cover below. Plenty more
hilarious freestyles and cyphers to come, for sure.
SIDEBAR: I can’t help but notice that there are only 9 this year…did 6ix9ine lose another opportunity due to his penchant for trouble (hence the “We Got Clout” sub-header)?