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Every year around this time, hip hop and even music heads wait for the XXL Freshman cover to see who the fresh, young and upcoming MC’s are and to be on the lookout. This issue is very special not only because of the talent, but it will be XXL 10 year anniversary of the Freshman Class issue that started back in 2007. For hip-hop artist, the Freshman Class is seen as a sign of passage, almost as an approval in entering the rap world.

The Freshman class series is curated collectively, with equal input on who should grace the cover from industry head, fellow rappers, and hip hop heads, fans, etc. Then amongst the XXL counterparts, it hashed out and narrowed down. According to XXLmag.com this year the young Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Madeintyo, Playboi Carti, Amine, Kap G, Ugly God, Kyle, and XXXTentacion. Over the course of the month, XXL will release content from each of the Freshman class from freestyles, cyphers, and interviews to give fans a better understanding of each artist.

The surprises do not just stop there. All 10 artist will perform at two Freshman Class showcases; one in New York City’s Playstation theater on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 and Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 14th, at The Novo. The physical copy of the 10-year publication will not be available until July 4th, but it will include articles from previous freshman class artist pertaining on how being on the cover has helped their career and much more. Congratulations to all the artist who have made the list! Well done!

Check out the XXL Freshman Class 2017 Promo video


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