Yesterday, XXL blessed us with their 2017 Freshman list. This year marks the 10th-anniversary of the Freshman franchise.
Who’s gracing the cover this year?
This year’s Freshman Class includes the Bay Area’s Kamaiyah, the BX’s A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Philly’s PnB Rock, ATL’s Playboi Carti, Kap G, and Madeintyo.
Plus, Portland’s Aminé, Cali’s Kyle, Houston’s Ugly God, and FL’s XXXTentacion.
Do they really deserve this cover though?
#Repost @madeintyo ・・・ First off i want to thank my mom and dad for having me , my son & fiancé for motivating me , I want to thank my manager mike for sticking with me through the most , I want to thank my Bro @2fourhrs for being a role model and showing me the game , you made it possible bro , The whole Privateclub Records family + Commission Records thank you ! 🎌🚗💨
XXL‘s Freshman list is like the crystal ball of hip-hop. Most artists that are selected for the list go on to become megastars of the music industry.
The first class, back in 2007, included Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, Papoose, and Young Dro. Do you think the class ’17 artists even come close to that Freshman class of ’07?
What ’bout the class of 2010?
Straight fire! J.cole made the class of 2010 along with Pill, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, OJ da Juiceman, Jay Rock, Fashawn, and Donnis.
These Cyphers predict the future
Peep the comparison of ’13 to now
XXL Freshmen 2013 vs XXL Freshmen 2017 pic.twitter.com/n8r4Nxpxru
— Kelvin Beza (@kelvinbesa10) June 14, 2017
Since the reveal, there has been some backlash on social media regarding this year’s selection. Is the class of ’17 really the future of hip-hop? Rap fans, even rappers themselves, seem to disagree with the vision.
My mans was sick when he saw the cover drop
When i saw who was on the xxl freshmen cover of 2017 pic.twitter.com/yAERCYGUAZ
— Kadeem? (@_HighTopGod) June 14, 2017
TBH I thought some other people should’ve made the list over others this year too
— steezy e (@ijaimson) June 14, 2017
Peep rappers Dae Dae and Famous Dex’s reaction to this year’s selection
— EU Media (@EU_Magazine) June 14, 2017
Fuck it, this year’s class should’ve just been my son Playboi Carti
Or Asahd Khaled
— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) June 13, 2017
In more news, Vic Mensa had some bars for the 2017 XXL Freshman class
Although many people disagree with this year’s class could it just be the start of a new era?
Playboi Carti & XXXTentacion Don't look too happy around the rest of the 2017 XXL Freshman Class pic.twitter.com/sivlnnndcd
— Who's Making Noise⁉️ (@RapCatchUp) June 13, 2017
Who knows? Maybe we’ll all be surprised, there are many cyphers to come. Let us know what you think about XXL‘s Freshman Class of 2017.