Freshmen 1st Class: Kidd Kidd

Freshmen 1st Class: Kidd Kidd

After Raury and Fetty Wap, where do we go from here? To New Orleans, of course. In a moment as historic as Shawn Michaels being in both D-Generation X and the N.W.O. in his career, Kidd Kidd is the only member to run with Lil Wayne’s Young Money and G-Unit. And somehow, someway, double Kidd was able to win the fan vote for this year’s XXL Freshmen. Surprised? So are Yoh, Sermon and Khari. Yoh: It’s Saturday afternoon, there’s a dusty Nintendo 64 sitting on my floor, Mario Kart is being played on a 55inch, overpriced television. The dining room table… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Fetty Wap

Freshmen 1st Class: Fetty Wap

Welcome back to the second edition of the 2015 Freshmen 1st Class series. Quick course refresher for you newbies. Three writers (Khari, Yoh and Sermon) are here to break down each XXL Freshmen. After exploring the interesting dynamic of Raury, let’s take a trip up to New Jersey. He’s one of the most talked about freshmen (sorry, Kidd Kidd). That’s right, the one and only Fetty Wap. Khari: In July of 2014, Mister Cee spun a record that didn’t do anything particularly spectacular. The beat wasn’t extraordinary, the lyrics weren’t the product of a pen that’d been sharpened over time, and… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Later than usual, XXL Freshmen ’15 issue has arrived. Last year, three writers teamed up to provide insight into the choices of each freshmen. Those three were Sermon, Yoh, and Khari. A lot has changed in a year. Some of last year’s freshmen aren’t relevant anymore, while a new batch is accepted into the light. For the first choice, Atlanta’s Raury. Sermon: When Kanye West is extending his co-sign in-directly through a photo and story that said artist was in the studio with him, why wouldn’t you give them a chance? ‘Ye doesn’t have a flawless history of co-signing artists,… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Ty Dolla $ign

Freshmen 1st Class: Ty Dolla $ign

Every year, XXL shakes up the music industry for a little while with their annual freshmen cover. Forget all debates about what a freshmen is, who deserves the spot or not, Freshmen 1st Class is a series between Khari, Yoh and myself to discuss the artists who made the list, what we think about them, their potential for longevity and more. Next up, we’re taking a trip to the beach and lounging with some fine dimes as we dissect the inner makings of Ty Dolla $ign. Check out past installments with Isaiah Rashad and Chance The Rapper too.

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Freshmen 1st Class: Isaiah Rashad

Freshmen 1st Class: Isaiah Rashad

Every year, XXL shakes up the music industry for a little while with their annual freshmen cover. Forget all debates about what a freshmen is, who deserves the spot or not, Freshmen 1st Class is a series between Khari, Yoh and myself to discuss the artists who made the list, what we think about them, their potential for longevity and more. First up is TDE’s Isaiah Rashad, so continue below to read our thoughts. Head over to The Tape Deck for our analysis on Chance The Rapper too.

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