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Let the discussions begin. XXL has released the cover for their annual Freshmen class. This year is bound to spark up just as much debating as every other issue. So, here’s my thoughts:

The wildcard choice is obviously Logic, a Maryland born rapper who falls in the same category of Macklemore’s success at his time of being on the list (a big following, ignored by a lot of big media, selling out shows coast to coast). He has a lot of potential, though.

Two choices that seem a little premature are Angel Haze and Travi$ Scott. Both have really only begun their buzzing stages as compared to the rest of the list. Travi$ hasn’t even given us Owl Pharaoh, so he’s living on the cover solely on hype.

Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul don’t need the cover, but it’s not going to hurt them in any way. With Q’s Oxymoron and Soulo’s Unit 6 both coming this year, it’s nothing but a good look.

Trinidad James is the biggest hype pick on the list. Undeniably, “All Gold Everything” was a hit, but the quest for a follow up has been rocky. We know he’s recording, although we haven’t received much aside from a few forgetful guest features.

Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright (A.K.A. the people’s choice) and Action Bronson all had extraordinary years with multiple projects. On top of that, they all can really rap exceptionally well. They sound like nothing else in the rap game, which is a major plus.

Kirko Bangz has to really capitalize off this opportunity seeing how “Drank In My Cup” has been hard to top, and his debut album remains of unknown status. His last year was kind of small too, so it was a surprise to see him make it.

Chief Keef is the “11th freshmen” for whatever reason XXL will reveal sometime soon. His buzz says yes, but his skills say no.

There you have it. What do you think of this year’s class? Who do you feel will actually make it big and graduate to the next stage?

  • Jake Crates

    action sounds like ghostface tho

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