XXL Freshmen 10 Cover (April 2010)

Class is in session. XXL‘s doubling the ante with a Freshmen 10 mixtape dropping next Monday along with a concert at the end of the month. The issue hits newsstands March 16th.

Bonus: Freshmen stats

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  • http://twitter.com/aemoore moore

    hmm. Nipsey<J. Cole<Pill<Donnis<Freddie Gibbs<the rest. can't believe Wiz Khalisuck is on here.

    I respect the shit out of Drake will declining this. He should've been on 2 years ago.

  • http://keepwaiting.wordpress.com 106th

    yassssssssssssssss J. Cole RIGHT UP FRONT where he belongs… none of this fold-out shit… lol

  • http://ddf.com g-unot

    it should only be j.cole fuck the rest of these wack niggaz

  • http://rockthedub.com khal

    were you really thinking jay-z’s artist was gonna be after the fold?

  • G-ZUS

    Nipsey an J. Cole the only ones i truly mess wit out this top 10 an why ooo why is OJ on here…he is TRASH….i hope J. Cole really blows up..

  • B.Dot

    shout out to Nipsey’s stylist. He really stands out in that blue

  • B-girl

    I don’t even know who half these asswipes are. Only J.Cole and Nipsy Hussle.

  • http://rapradar.com Blakout615

    This a real gud look for dem dudes. Much success

  • Sin

    Juiceman jay rock n big Shawn
    these niggas ain’t new
    I was listening to big Shawn when I was in high school

  • Truth will out

    Nipsey is straight Gold. Only real dude on there. Coles is aight too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/iam_Ayo Black London

    2010 Freshmen 10 goes like this?

    J. Cole > Nipsey & Pill > Gibbs & Big Sean > Jay Rock > Fashawn >Donnis> Wiz…..>>>>>>>>OJ

    WHOS BEEN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OUT OF ALL THE FRESHMEN 10s?
    [i.e ….Albums music quality & awards?]

    Im thinking Lupe!

  • http://www.twitter.com/iam_Ayo Black London

    WHOS BEEN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OUT OF ALL THE FRESHMEN 10s?
    [i.e ….Albums music quality & awards, lyrical respect etc.?]

  • http://www.twitter.com/randomrandall rAND

    Damn this is definitely West Coast heavy which is good in my eyes….. 9 out of 10 aint bad, now as for OJ, I can do without. Yelawolf seems like it would been a better choice

  • http://dj1micistheman.blogspot.com DJ 1Mic

    i agree with about 50% this is basicly XXL’s “the ten rappers you don’t know, that have an actual chance of making a song in 2010 you will like”

    totally agree with j cole jayz gave him a chance.. hes got a shot at least
    oj is wack as shit, but that never stopped gucci mane or tony yayo… lol the guys gonna be on 25 remixes this summer im sure his name will grow
    nipsey and jay rock are stars and i see them as locks to be successful rappers over the next decade
    wiz khalifia is a wild card hes got buzz but i really havent seen the depth from him as an artist but as a fellow pennsylvanian i def hope him the best…
    freddie gibbs is dope, but i dunno if hes gonna be able to establish the fan base of a jay rock or nip hussle but hes not from one of the normal rap home bases either, indiana based freddie, is def another wild card…
    out of pill fashawn big sean and donnis… they are all busts in my opinion, none will make a hit, generate a real buzz or develop a folllowing anymore than they already have… nothing personal.. just what i see as a dj who is deeply involved in breaking new artists…

    My 4 replacements… ill give freddie a pass since i do really enjoy his music…
    1. Freck Billionaire… dude has swag, good backing (street fam), ability to do frees and songs, good connects, and already is developing a following
    2. French Montana… Not the biggest fan of dude, but hes got a decent buzz and def has a handle on how to embrace the blogs and online media… already had some minor NY radio love also
    3. Yo Gotti… that women lie, men lie shit is a hit if the djs get on they jobs… reminds me of a wayne/plies mixture in his flow and delivery… appeared on a few decent records as of late like blockstars on kayslays album
    4. Ya Boy…. just signed to konvict muzik… dude picks great beats, can spit shit for the bitches and the streets… plus hes gona have good hooks over there… slam dunk if you ask me

    Not including nicki minaj who i just figure will screw it up at some point… lol and joell ortiz cause theres no way im gonna consider him a freshmen… hes more like a JC transfer haha… dude came in WAY ahead… same goes for drizzy drake

  • Battery

    J. Cole and Nipsey!

  • DAREALDAS

    nipsey n fashawn r the best in der

  • T-Fanz

    J. Cole…..Nipsey and maybe Jay Rock. The rest are garbage.
    And wat the fuck is the Juiceboy on this thing……..XV, Corey Porter deserve a spot over that sucker.

    I guess XXL can put on anyone for a check.

  • http://www.twitter.com/that_josh That_Josh

    OJ The JuiceMan is not music. His freestyle was not a a freestyle. Mumbling something dumb does not deserve a XXL cover. I would rather see Bangs on the cover than OJ.

  • trill

    That article looks interesting.. “is being a rapper worth it” I highly doubt it.

    But anyway, I can’t believe OJ the Juiceman is on this motherfucking cover, let alone the fact that he got a fucking song with Jadakiss and Swizz. He’s trash, seriously. I’m not hating. I don’t know why XXL would ever feature him as a “freshman” man IDK.

    Everyone looks DRAWN here to me. Maybe the image is alittle too small.

    And DJ 1 Mic brought it to my attention that Nicki isn’t on this..I wonder why…I’d definitely replace OJ’s dumbass with her atleast.

  • mike

    MIKKEY HALSTED >
    thus check him right now if u do not know, because he’s dope. pause

    JCOLE is CRAZY too. he’s the nicest on that list

    then Freddie Gibbs, Fashawn, Pill

    nipsey & jay rock 4 the west !!!

    also the rest iz cool… but

    needs to show mo

    peace

  • http://www.twitter.com/that_josh That_Josh

    J. Cole, Big Sean, & Nipsey are the 3 that I know will prosper from the XXL cover the most …the rest are cut.

  • Sin

    shout out to Nipsey’s stylist. He really stands out in that blue

    ^^^
    fuck all that blue shit

  • http://dj1micistheman.blogspot.com DJ 1Mic

    trill… nicki declined her inviite i heard

  • Edouard

    lool @ OJ juiceman

  • http://thablogishot.com Miss Julie Baby

    OJ is on the cover…what. I guess that gives hope to ANYONE who thinks they can rap? Like myself?

  • Ac@pella!

    My picks: J. Cole, Big Sean, Pill, Nipsey, and Freddie Gibbs. The rest r str8, but these r the cats that stand out to me the most and make the most complete music. But OJ?!?!?!?!? XXL should be fuckin ashamed of themselves 4 goin thru with this decision. Ya’ll coulda put XV, P.L., Ac@pella!, shit anybody but him!

  • Chris

    Big up Fashawn thats a big look

  • Will

    Oj should not be on the front he shoulkd be on the fold part Sean should be on the front

    and Cosign B.dot it look like Nipsey and Entourage LOL he sitting down too like a boss

  • http://www.myspace.com/krue88 real talk

    nip hustle fa sho, but no YOUNG DE? KYLE LUCAS? or KRUE

    3 things

    young de is on the new cypress hill , massive in the mixtape game AUDIO HUSTLAZ

    kyle lucas is the new thing on purple ribbon, a fresh mc that leads a dope live band

    and KRUE opens for RAS KASS on 3-5-10 @ Chop Suey in Seattle
    Debut ALbum out Now!

    “KARMA AT ITS FINEST” rated 5 stars! featuring Cashis of Shady Records

    all three of these cats are better than oj

  • pissed

    everyone on there is pretty dope in there own way…minu OJ. I think the put him in there cuz Drake declined it.

  • pissed

    oh yeah & 3 cats from the West (Nip Hussle, Jay Rock, Fashawn) is good too..we get overlooked out here a lot haha..i still say Pac Div, Tiron, & Diz Gibran should have made it as well…either way still a pretty solid group.

  • Interscope Employee

    J.cole all day

  • http://supremenewyork.com sb

    who are these peopoooooole! naw but seriously i hope there saving there money…………………. this excites no one

  • So Icy Boi!

    @Black London get Lupe dick out ya mouth how he a freshman when he been out since 05? …@ DJ 1Mic …Yo Gotti been out since 06 so he wouldnt be on here ….All des niggaz on the cover lame except me nigga Juice Ay! Ok… Dey should of put my nigga Flocka on da cover …he will be on there next year

  • http://myspace.com/jczar202 jczar202

    I kind of agree with what everybody is sayin, I’m cool with J Cole and Nipsy Hustle, but look at last years cover and who made some sells of that. NOBODY.. If you got money, then you’ll get on the cover and for OJ, he’s a grinder, you can’t knock that. If you hating, get your stuff up so u can make this list..

  • MithritadesHD

    OJ tha Juiceman…Payola at its finest,how the fuck he made it on that cover/list is beyond me,maybe u know something B.dot lol,enlighten me my nigg!

  • B.Dot

    ^
    Since i used to work at the machine, I can explain. Be clear, I think OJ sucks. However, when u factor in his success with “Trap Say Ay” and features (ie: Mariah Carey, R.Kelly) he’s got something going on. I don’t understand it, but it is what it is. He’s probably one, if not, thee most recognizable person or biggest name on the. It’s not always a payola thing.

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk mastercode

    dope cover. nipsey and j cole are the best on that cover

  • http://www.thewatcherz.com Ricky Retardo

    B.Dot wheres “Wack”a Flocka? his “buzz” is waay bigger than OJ (unfortunately). Brick Squad got top notch management even tho most say shorty that run it be on some shady shit… she makes stars outta nobodies.

    @DJ 1Mic Joell already was featured on a freshman cover like 2-3 years ago. and also whats with people or in this case “DJ’s” saying an artist needs to generate a buzz. if they are known outside of their state with no LP… what is that? the homie Donnis already gotta hit in the south with “gone” it needs to get broken up here in the north…

    DO YOUR JOB Mr.”DJ”!

  • http://www.goldicecircuitry.com IT’SWHATISAID

    There were a thousand other dude’s who could’ve gotten OJ’s spot, maybe even deserved it more. Let’s be real, OJ’s not a freshman to the game. I put together my own little list. And before anybody says anything, Niki made it based on what she could potentially do for the female’s place in hip-hop.

    CHECK OUT MY LIST HERE:
    http://www.goldicecircuitry.com/profiles/blogs/mag-covers-xxl-mag-the-2010-1

  • http://facebook.com/jadaqwest jadaqwest

    once again they drop the ball oj is not a freshmen….waka should take his spot…where’s jay electronica,mikkey halsted,truck north,porn,yelawolf,durrough(where’s dallas at come on bro ya’ll came to the all star game ya’ll saw….no lyrics,but we could sell records something sick!!!!!!

  • Jo$h

    Freddie Gibbs is killin everybody on this list, close behind is J Cole and Nipsey. Freddie is for freal the truth.

  • Theloneus

    Man B.dot, when hip-hop comes to the hits and no lyricism you know shits fucked up. I don’t give two shits if Mariah Carey (who’s career has been etherized by yours truly Eminem) and R. Kelly are featured on his album. Dude sucks. Period. The only reason why people like him so much is because he sounds like he had a stroke on every track. Can’t make out what the fuck he’s saying. Sounds funny.

  • jujusolidfoe5star

    CO -SIGN@JOSH FREDDIE GIBBS THE REALEST RAPPER ON THAT LIST DUDE GOT FLOWS FOR DAYS FUCK HITS RECORDS THAT WHY THE GAME FUCK UP NOW ONE GANGSTA RAP IS BACK BITCHES MIDWEST TAKE OVER

  • http://thablogishot.com Miss Julie Baby

    @ IT’SWHATISAID

    I like your list!

  • http://twitter.com/_B_Diddy Bugatti B

    Shout out to Wiz khalifa (My favorite) My nigga Nippsey Hussle, and my hometown guy Big Sean.. glad to see hip-hop still has a purpose besides that south shit…

  • http://www.goldicecircuitry.com IT’SWHATISAID

    @Miss Juie Baby

    Thanks ma! But just about anybody could replace ol boy. No disrespect to nobody, just not feelin’ homie + he’s not a freshman.

    @Bugatti B

    “That South s***” is way more diverse and ten times better than what the machine has put out. We got Hollyweerd, we got RE, we got a bunch a new n****s that YN and all these other blogsites (including the one I write for – damn I’m not gon’ have a job if they this s*** write) need to be covering. And these dudes can flow. None of that Gucci / Flocka/OJ s***

  • Will

    its funny how two of the south central niggas got the chair Some of them niggas was probably scared of them niggas

  • jessy

    wiz khalifa better then all of dem .. yeeaaaaa bitch

  • shamwow

    Freddie Gibbs shits on everyone on this whole list.

  • Gordan Gekko

    WIZ? REALLY HIS SINGLE WAS OUT IN 08 WHERES WOCKKA FLOCKA

  • dashadyonee1

    fuk waka flocka

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  • JJS

    Wiz cool ! But some these niggas dont need to be on here . Take away Donnis or Fashawn and
    WAKA FLOCKA FLAME .

  • JJS

    Add him ! WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

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  • Bigg JOhn

    MAN POINT BLANK PEROID ……..ALL OF THEY STYLES ARE DIFFRENT WHICH IS THE REASON THEY ALL GOT PICK……………….DIFFRENT MUSIC MAKES MUSIC BETTER PEROID……………………………….BUT MY WILD CARD IS WIZ ….MAN BUT HONESTLY I NEVER HEARD ABOUT PILL, FASHAWN, NOT TO MUCH ABOUT FREDDIE,, OR DONNIS …………………..JUST HONESTLY…..im FROM THE MIDWEST……..OH YEA BIG SEAN IS UNDERATED. AND J COLE IS AWSOME

  • Bigg JOhn

    oh yea french montana……..im on it …..hot………..man with all the freshmen on it man hot…………………the real starting five for 2010 ……..including j cole

  • steve

    wiz khalifa nipsey and big shawn are the only ones who should be on there

  • ill will

    By far Cole is the best nigga up there!! Shout out to all them niggas congrads!!! O.J really ain’t good nor new I don’t know who donnis, pill or freddie gibbs. I’ve only heard Jay sean on a track with drizzy. Just because I ain’t heard them niggas don’t mean they shouldn’t been on there but listen to a lot of rap, I was listening to Drake and Cole at the end of 08. I thought Jay Electronica and Vado should have been up there. Nigga Jay Rock and Nipsy Hussle West Coast was in the house.

  • romeo

    big sean jcole wiz and nipsey gonna blow up i respect all them up thare for the simple fact that they doin it they made it so hey they get my respect

  • Dadiz Fresh

    the get away (fly away) ft.the northeast groovers

  • LilDeizel

    I DONT KNO WAT YOU GUYS ARE TALKIN BOUT!!! WIZ KHALIFA GO HARD!!!!!!!! BIG SEAN GO HARD!!!!! J COLE IS COOOL!!!!! NIPSEY HUSSLE GO HARD!!!!! BUT PERSONALLY I REALLY DONT KNO Y OJ UP DERE SMH DATS PITIFUL