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  • JAY-Z

    This cover is cool!!

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  • supbk

    looks like a buncha fuck niggas on this

  • Lucky P

    roscoe dash had a major hit single 3 yrs ago! 3 yrs is a junior gottdamnit! hopspin? macklemore? who the fuck are they? iggy had A hit internet viral! A, as in ONE, what the fuck have these lists come to?

  • http://www.flamingobarnes.tumblr.com Brodie

    Roscoe Dash? How is he even considered a freshmen…. Not really feeling the freshmen this year (ll)

  • Dr. Dre’s Ass

    Roscoe Dash?

    Did He Get Held Back

  • urrrr

    no chip tha ripper…all this other fools r trash

  • Nymfo1

    If this is the new freshman class, I’m glad I already graduated….

  • J Kins

    Hopsin Is Sick,Don Trip And Danny Brown Are Nice,Don’t Really Like French And It’s Missing Dee-1.

  • Protest

    This is laughable

  • streetorialist

    no ASAP Rocky??

  • http://rejunior.tumblr.com metal154

    yall need to check out Macklemore

  • Nagasaki

    @Lay-Z

    Ya I’m targeting Japan. I sell microwaves… they’re the bomb. They drop this summer.

    Bounce this ain’t Craigslist.

  • unexpected announcement

    most of these characters are in no way “freshmen”

  • MMG

    they all wack exept for french montana, why no tyler the creator? danny brown,mackelmore,roscoe dash and kid ink WTF!!!!!!!

  • Get Real

    Another waste of time. The man Roscoe Dash is a still “freshman” after releasing platinum records over the last 3 yrs?? O_o No A$AP Rocky or Donald Glover? Lol. Boy I tell you, these “tastemakers” in hip-hop sure are on one.

  • Word

    Hands down the lamest cover in years. French Montana been in the game a minute ain’t he 30 something? How he a freshman? Iggy Azelel? She raps?? Ain’t heard shit from her. Hopsin decent. Mgk decent. Rest of these niggas ain’t important. How many ppl from the last mag are poppin off? Very few!

  • lll

    Hopsin >*

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    French took an L for this & how is Rosce a freshman, sure he fell of the map but he been had a run

  • NOT A FAN

    HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

  • Bonobo

    No Jon Connor ? Absolutely horrible

    Blue city club is the truth

  • Shooga

    Comparing to the last year, this year sucks a meat dick. Danny and Hopsin are the exception.

  • ben peters

    @streetorialist He said in the interview with DJ Drama he didnt want to be on the XXL cover he turned it down…

    But on the real Mr Dash has 2 commericially released projects. he is not a fresh man

  • Collar Cali

    Wow HOPSIN & Azalea!

  • Zeezy

    What a wackass line up. Only Danny Brown is good

  • Stop

    This is the worst list ever, I doubt anyone on this will blow up. Maybe Kid Ink he got the most mainstream appeal

  • mac DIESEL

    SCARY!!!!

    …..SMFH!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • bbe4eva

    i think they reached out 2 asap and he turned it down,im sure others were reached out 2 as well…

  • Word

    Freshman 2010 was the best in recent memory

  • Ballin’

    Lmao @ you niggas raging on the net.

    Why is any attention paid to MTV’s or XXL’s yearly lists?

    Chill though, i’ve NEVER even heard of Macklemore. Is he Mac Miller’s brother or something? Has RR ever even posted any of his music?

  • IIG

    French Montana? This nigga got a decade in the game don’t he?

  • Jakey BadAzz

    WTF? This list is wack ass fuck! No A$AP Rocky? Whoever made this list, KILL YO SELF!

  • fastflipper

    they almost all got some industry experience…and wtf french got on his head ?? a dead cub ???

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    No A$AP Rocky, Chip Tha Ripper, Childish Gambino, or Stalley! EPIC FAIL!!!

  • http://www.joshestes.com yesssir

    so was this list put together by the MTv “Brain trust”

  • Smear

    No Schoolboy Q, Jon Connor or Action Bronson????.. this list is invalid…. not to mention XV, ExSquire, Dom Kennedy, Stalley and ASAPRocky(though i reckon he’s gettin a solo jawn)

    DANNY BROWN IS DOPE AS FUCK and Should have just had his own cover….or been on last year’s Freshman at least.

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    A bunch of bail jumpers on the cover of XXL.

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    Where’s Casey Veggies? Ay XV prolly like man I’m gonna next year lmao…

  • Salty

    ^ Holy shit I forgot all about Casey Veggies. Ha this this is wack as fuck.

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  • Trey

    Where is Snow Da Product smdh, I like Hopsin (Pause) and Machine Gun Kelly

  • phillmatic

    HOPSIN > anyone else on this

  • Ricky Retardo

    @ Hip-Hop Fiend XV said that LAST YEAR! XXL stay foolish and Roscoe Dash must be taking remedial courses.

  • Cloud

    how the hell is Hopsin a freshman??

  • http://www.Google.com Young Skate God

    BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Roscoe Dash had a hit song 3years ago

  • Angelo

    This is the Hip Hop is Dead cover of XXL

  • Diggy Simmons

    Where’s Jo Jo Simmons?

  • Pissed

    Wtf no ASAP, Action Bronson, Stalley? Only credible dudes on that list is Danny brown & Don Trip the rest of these fools are hot garbage!

  • A.J.

    @ Lucky P

    You never heard of hopsin?
    Hopsin dope as fuck

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    @diggy. Jo Jo is still in Middle School.

  • COLD DE/TH

    WHERE’S CHRIS BROWN?

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW???????

  • A Nigga In Paris

    Hopsin been out for a long time
    Roscoe Dash been out a long time
    French Montana been out a while
    Future wack
    Everybody else I don’t know about

  • A Nigga In Paris

    Hopsin been out for a long time
    Roscoe Dash been out a long time
    French Montana been out a while
    Future wack
    Machine Gun Kelly cool
    Everybody else I don’t know about

  • County Of Kings

    why would u wanna be the one rapper holding a big ass BRICK????

    talk about foreshadowing

  • Wally Champ

    No A$AP, Schoolboy Q, or chip come on!

  • Kunta Kente

    Hopsin cool but sounds like a Eminem rip off. Kendrick Lamar will rip dude to shreds.

  • Protektah X

    Ah yeah I stay stick up with my “old” favorite rappers this new shit ain’t for me.

  • Dreamville

    No Cassidy?

  • jadbeat

    Anyone who doesn’t know who hopsin is he’s ok but he’s not believable, he’s a 1999 wanabee eminem.

  • @Kunta Kente

    stfu…Hopsin runs circles around Kendrick…go check out his catalog before talkin shit…

  • @war22

    ASAP didnt make it cuz he turned down XXL …thats what i heard

  • http://www.joshestes.com yesssir

    damn. didn’t even think about Stalley — I’m definitely surprised he’s not on here!

  • Crewz Controll

    Shoutz to Danny Brown , but where the fuck is Stalley , Schoolboy & A$AP …

  • Clos1881

    Dom kennedy should have been on this list!! How the fuck is roscoe dash considered a freshman,and what music has he put out aside from doing some hooks for people?

  • Donn

    No ASAP???? MY GIRL IGGY IS THE ONLY DOPE PERSON ON THIS LIST. NO AZEALIA BANKS????

  • Dat Nigga Bonnie

    ayo, hopsin a bitch. earl would smash him . fuck FV. OF all day.

  • COLD DEATH

    FRENCH MONTANA WAS ALREADY A XXL FRESHMAN IN 2010LOL WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT? THIS LIST IS WORSE THAN MTV’S HOW THE FUCK CAN YOU BE ON THE FRESHMAN LIST TWICE IN 3 YEARS? DO THESE IDIOTS KNOW WHAT THE FUCK FRESHMAN MEANS? ROSCOE DASH DONE BEEN OUT FOR YEARS THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS

  • jay

    ONLY PERSON ON THIS LIST THAT IS THIS ISH IS —DON TRIP—- IF YOU HAVENT HEARD OF HIM GO AND GET HIS MIXTAPE IT DROPED YESTERDAY HOSTED BY DJ DRAMA …DON TRIP BEST IN THE GAME

  • COLD DEATH

    THIS IS FOR WHITE GIRLS!

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

  • CenCalTerrain

    Fuck you all Hopsin RAW as fuck.

    HOPSIN

    HOPSIN

    HOPSIN

    HOPSIN

    HOPSIN

    HOPSIN

  • Luks

    HOPSIN, IGGY AND MGK !!!! THE REST SUCKS !

  • Citylivin’

    Iggy & Don….dope.

  • Luks

    FRENCH MONTANA AINT SHIT WITHOUT MAX B !!!! FUCK THIS NIGGA WEARING A BEAR SUIT !!!! SMFH

  • COLD DE/TH

    YA FAGGOTS ARE OUTTA CONTROL WITH THE TROLLING ON MY NAME.

    YOU WANNA BE ME!

  • COLD DE/TH

    REAL TALK THOUGH, HALF OF THESE PEOPLE NEVER BEEN ON RAP RADAR. GUESS THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE POSTS.

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

  • The Riddler

    Kid Ink & French Montana are the only ones that will still be relevent next year.

  • Devante

    Worst one by far.. no one is topping that 08 class.

  • Esche1onX

    Really…where is Los? WHERE! I only know 3 people on this list…Fuck XXL.

  • shane

    macklemore, mgk and hopsin the only good artists there, everyone else (future, kid ink, roscoe dash etc.) make shitty radio songs and deserve to be nowhere near this cover

  • GORO

    YOOOO drake is all i can say….. dont worry if schoolboy Q, dee-1 and them aint there……
    beacuse drake wasnt on this crap and where is he today?!?!? huh?

    so at the end off the day this doesnt mather…….. like look they had YG AND LIL TWIST LAST YEAR
    where are they today?? smh….i bet non off them will blow … last year we had mac miller ,yelawolf big krit they all did blow up and probably some more i didnt mention……. naaah this year must be ultra fail? neva heard off danny brown music… who is he? and that white dude? … iggy azalea have one good track or somethin

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddVuk5yutFU MUSIC_FEIN

    Damn if they needed 3 white rappers on this list that bad they should have replaced Macklemore & Iggy for Chris Webby & PlayWryte.

  • GORO

    DRAKE NEVER WAS ON A XXL FRESHMAN LIST?

    LOOK WHERE HE AT TODAY!

    THIS DONT MATHER

    LOOK AT LAST YEAR FRESHMANS SOME OFF THEM WHERE ARE THEY TODAY?

  • BIG T

    It shoulda went like this…
    dom kennedy
    schoolboy q
    casey veggies
    danny brown
    hopsin
    mgk
    action bronson
    asap rocky
    kid ink
    those are to name a few that are deserving of the freshman list. not saying i dig all those guys but they deserve it.

  • FUCK XXL

    WHERE THE FUCK IS EMILIO ROJAS?!?!

  • hip hop is dead

    HIP HOP IS DEFINITELY DEAD

  • nutsonya

    man all these dudes are fuckin wack.. especially hopsin n kid ink n mgk… smh

  • M.T

    terrible list.

  • M.T

    oh why is roscoe dash there? lol

  • Big L’s Ghost

    WhAt ThE FuCk No XV, EARL, Jon Connor, or chip the rip………I guess XXL Don’t Like real Hip hop…….Buncha bitches on this cover other then MGK Foreallllllllllll

  • ggutta

    Besides the cover having a bunch of artists I don’t know much about. this might be the worst looking freshmen class picture ever. What is going on?! Who green lighted this over at XXL? Why French got a dead wolverine on his head? Why is homie cuffing the wrench like that? Everything is terrible…

  • WTF?

    NO SCHOOLBOY Q, ASAP,?? ROSCOE DASH?? HAHAH WOWWWW

  • Itsfarfromover1

    There missing Troy from Community, Donald Glover, & Childish Gambino.. Plus the black spiderman. Congrats to Macklemore though 206 all day

  • Snow

    No Gibbs? And who is that woman? She’s fucking hideous ew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/therealcino CiNo

    HOPSIN definitely deserved this. Many others on the list are wack though. But I’m not mad cuz seeing HOPSIN on this shit is too good for me to be mad.

  • YEAH I SAID IT

    is that macklemore? i thought that was OUTRAGEOUS.

  • firealarm

    I don’t agree with half these comments but they’re funny as fuck.

    Glad Hopsin made it!

  • naM deR

    I fucks wit French but he aint a freshman. and where the hell is ASAP Rocky

  • naM deR

    no Kendrick Lamar?

  • suckit

    no schoolboy q, no asap, no casey veggies, no childish gambino. only actual lyricist here is hopsin

  • lilrizq

    Me and my dudes rap better then them…smh. XXL is dead to me.

  • Hmmm

    HOPSIN

  • Faser

    Why is Hopsin on this he’s had 2 dope albums already ?

  • mario

    Where is Action Bronson?

  • PHIL206

    Macklemore is fuckin trash!! This dude is making the 206 look homo. Ususally I am for local artist to get out and represent Seattle but this dude is mad ass. Im embarrassed for my city. If you wanna check out some good 206 hip/hop rap music check out Dyme Def, Nacho Picasso, and of course the great Jake One.

  • Black Shady

    the future is wack loloolol

  • Real Nigga

    This list sucks ass, not really sure why Rosco Dash is on the list….. Don Trip cool, but NO DON WARBUCKS…..#EPIC FAIL

  • GrimGenius

    WHAT ABOUT CHEVY WOODS, LOLA MONROE, EARL SWEATSHIRT, HONEY COCAINE, SCHOOLBOY Q & DOM KENNEDY???

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  • GrimGenius

    future? no comment, french montana & roscoe dash are not even freshmen, never heard of iggy or macklemore, never heard of hopsin until he did am i a psycho but i will be checking out some of his music, heard of danny brown & don trip but never heard their music, i fuck with MGK & kid ink though.

  • djsl

    DANNY BROWN IS IN THE MUHFUH BUILDING,HE WILL ETHER ANY OF THEM CATS ON THE COVER OF THE MAG

  • X

    haha no XV stupid magazine fell of who reads this shit anymore anyway its irelevant their reviews are garbage web site sucks they put shyne and 50 and irrelevant people on the covers that havn’t done shit freshmesn that no ones heard of of end up doing anything this is just a stupid annual cover at this point badly art directed

  • Oz

    haha no XV stupid magazine fell of who reads this shit anymore anyway its irelevant their reviews are garbage web site sucks they put shyne and 50 and irrelevant people on the covers that havn’t done shit freshmesn that no ones heard of of end up doing anything this is just a stupid annual cover at this point badly art directed

  • CAPSWARRIOR

    LLLLLLLLOLLLLL LMFAO HALF OF THEM NIGGAS ERRYBODY MENTIONED… A$AP CHIP ETC. DECLINED THIS SHIT XD

  • chris

    that is blasphemy that jon connor isn’t on this….. jon connor shits all over these so called rappers…..it just goes to show u how rap music has gone down the shiter past five or six years when the dude that spits the rawest outta the dudes on this list

  • tiago

    NO ASAP ROCKY???????????

  • Mite

    Danny Brown is the only nigga i fuck wit on this list. Brown got white like puddle of mud!

  • West side lover

    They finally fuckin with Hopsin. Hands down he the coldest on this list. But still a terrible “freshman” class. Some of these niggas would be called seniors

  • tysonz

    What is a kid ink , hopsin or the white lady?

  • moneyman

    man chip tha rip needs to be on here… this class sucks

  • watever

    macklemoore is dope

  • http://yahoo.com RyanSean

    Amen Hip Hop Fiend plus where the hell is STS check out the Illustrious blew my mind

  • KillaCam

    where the fuck is A$AP this cover is absolutely ridiculous

  • Acapella

    Worst class EVER. Only ones that are dope are Hopsin, Don Trip, Danny Brown, and OCCASSIONALLY MGK…the rest tho? ASS. Smfh.

  • morrow rossanna

    my classmate’s mother-in-law makes $73/hr on the internet. She has been without work for 7 months but last month her payment was $13117 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more makecash16.c0m

  • Jager

    Hopsin all day

  • Learn2Read

    I agree that most of you, this list is GARBAGE. Rosco did come out almost 3 years ago and not sure why he is no it now…. Danny Brown is the FUCKING MAN and Macklemore is also very good if you like Brother Ali or Atmosphere.
    THERE IS A REASON THERE IS NO CHIP OR A$AP. Both of them declined the cover so that’s why they are not on there. If you follow either of them at all you would realize that both of them said they would not be on the cover months ago.

  • West side lover

    Hopsin best on this list. But still a fucked up list dow

  • The Guy

    MY NIGGA HOPSIN NEEDS MORE ATTENTION!

  • yoboy

    WHERE IS EARL SWEATSHIRT?!?? that nigga dope as fuck..

  • E,B. eye

    WHAT ?

  • p_roblem

    by far the worst freshmen cover
    i guess 2012 is the end of the world and hip hop :(

  • MadMike0082

    well I dont think anyone can disagree with the fact that this is worst freshman class of all time.

    No one here has a single worth a shit, not one of them has a MAJOR buzz, and Ive honestly never even heard of 4-5 of them. Which is a first for me.

    RIP Hip Hop if this shit keeps up…..

  • P Bateman

    NO BRONSON?? GTFOH

  • chino

    WTF IS THIS…roscoe dash been out since all da way turnt up french montana been out wit max B & at least dress them up differently this aint halloween…trouble & alley boy should b on this

  • Young

    This list is ASS.

  • Ocean Frank

    It’s worth sayin that only 4 of last year’s XXL freshmen even have albums out (and that includes Lil B, who was already putting out like 2 albums a year). Everyone else is still fuckin around with mixtapes, features, and have had an album COMING SOON for a year now.

    I honestly doubt any more from this group will have somethin officially on the record by the time the 2013 freshman class is announced :(

  • GandolfDaBlaq

    This list of freshman is the result of a bunch a well deserving rappers turning it down for example dat nigga A$AP Rocky and my nigga Chip Da Ripper but Roscoe shouldnt be on it cuz he’s like a junior now Iggy is only on it cuz she goin out wit A$AP, Hopsin gets no real buzz but that Tech N9NE joint Kid Ink is nice af MGK nice af French is only on there cuz his wack ass was signed by Diddy I fux wit Danny brown and Future isnt that good but he is hot in the streets idek the rest of them so this years cover was some shit what 2010 was the best

  • Akaash

    LOL at ya’ll asking who Macklemore is. RR loves Mack. They even went to some of his shows in NYC. Do your homework before you comment about something.

  • trash compactor

    yeah who is macklemore? recovering addict. songwriter. crossdresser

  • That Guy

    Hopsin is that dude. For evidence, please see below.

    Carry on mortals.

  • WHODAT

    danny brown? who ever heard of a 30 some year old freshman?

  • Jay aShe


    Jay aShe here, these underclasskids suck, CHECK My MUSIC OUT cause I’m the next big thing!

  • L4U

    I’LL cosign Danny Brown and Don Trip but thats it

  • Kid

    Yall trippin

    Mackleore is DOPE
    So is Hopsin and iggy,

    Mgk and don trip are decent,

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  • Mike

    Macklemore is by far the best rapper on this cover, hands down. I have listend to all of the others and its true Hopsin n Don Tripp are good. But everyone should really check Macklemore out. And @Ballin…..Mac Miller and Macklemore have no comparison what so ever. If you think Hip-Hop is dead listen to Northwest and underground Seattle Hip-Hop.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWhx-CtPmBU

    Listen to these songs

  • LTFU EST

    MGK FUCK EVERYONE ELSE LACE THE FUCK UP

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  • kp

    just interested in hearing some opinions on the criteria for being selected for the XXL freshman. i say this to say that even though many of these up and coming artist are worthy of the attention i believe artist like Childish Gambino deserve to be put into the conversation. i think because of his style of rap heS shunned. he has just as big of following as French Montana who just recently became main stream but has been rocking for a minute. your thoughts?

  • http://www.ripynt.com Ripynt

    Macklemore is a Seattle dude who just so happened to have a nation wide headlining sold out tour. His fan base is huge. And the freshman list is fan voted from a selection of like 40 up and comers. If you don’t like the list, yell at the person sitting next to you, cuz the consumer chooses these.

    I don’t like half the list either tho.

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