My thoughts on the 2017 XXL Freshman Class

The XXL Freshman Class flight has landed and, per usual, the internet is reacting energetically to this year’s freshman roster. 2017 is a special year as it signifies the 10 year anniversary of the Freshman Class covers. Now, lets get on to what’s important.

This year’s Class includes Oaklands Kamaiyah, who released her debut mixtape, “A Good Night in the Ghetto” in 2016,  The Bronx’s A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who is signed to Highbridge the Label and Atlantic Records. He is best known for his breakout single, My Shit, from his debut mixtape Artist (2016).  Philadelphia’s PnB Rock also made the list, who recently got a 15 year old girl pregnant. Next on the list is Tokyo representer Madeintyo, who is best known for his debut single, “Uber Everywhere” from his mixtape You Are Forgiven. Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, The self-titled release gained attention from various music publications, including XXL, Pitchfork, Spin, HotNewHipHop and PopMatters. XXL noted the track “Magnolia”, which references a well known housing unit that several rappers have come from in New Orleans as a standout cut for Carti. Another standout on the list is Portland’s Aminé, who is best known for his commercial debut single, “Caroline”, which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. And onto a few rappers no one has ever heard of… Atlanta’s Kap G, Ventura, Calif.’s Kyle, Houston’s Ugly God and last but not least, the crazy ass mother fucker who recently was jumped during his concert,  XXXTentacion.


As fans online first got a look at the new cover, the term “XXL Freshman” began trending on Twitter faster than the Cavs got their shit rocked in the finals. Fans were excited to hear about Atlantas Kap G landing a spot on the cover because he is not only representing the South, but also for all of the up and coming Mexican- American rappers disrupting the game.

The Bay Area’s Kamaiyah is the first woman from the Bay Area to land a spot on the cover of XXL and her fan base has definitley noticed. Woohoo for women pride! According to fans, with hot banger songs such as Sir Carti’s “Magnolia” or Ugly God’s “Water,” a few of these up and comers were an easy choice for the Freshman cover from the get-go. As we all could have guessed, rap fans on social media are being very vocal expressing their opinions regarding which artists they feel deserved a spot on the cover in comparison to who was chosen.


P.S. There is one artist I feel deserved a spot. Famous Dex. C’mon people, he deserved it. What do you think?



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