XXL announced their 2016 Freshman Class this morning. As usual some were pleased with the list and some were disappointed. Here’s a list of artist that could of made the list this year but for some reason they didn’t.
Signed to Cinematic Music Group. The Chicago emcee has been receiving significant attention after the release of his single and a visual of Martyrs. He was on tour with Joey Bada$$ and Denzel Curry for Phase 1 of their World Domination Tour and received co-signs from legends like Timbaland.
Bas was featured on J Coles “New York Times” along with 50 Cent from Cole’s Born Sinner. After releasing Last Winter by Dreamville Records and Interscope Records, The Paris born Queens emcee went on a 10 city nationwide tour titled after the album. Recently in March he released his sophomore album, Too High To Riot which includes guest appearances from his label mates J.Cole and Cozz
The Massachusetts native’s fan base is growing rapidly. He captivated listeners with “Along Came Joyner” and it’s lead single “Ross Cappichioni”, That gave a unique twist on storytelling. He recieved co-signs from legends like Busta rhymes and even dropped a lyrical heavy hitting record with the Brooklyn vet called “Jumanji”
A survivor of homelessness, gang violence and family alcoholism, the Long Beach rapper and cousin of Vince Staples has seen it all. Fatts was found online by the late/great Asap Yams. Fatts not only raps but has produced beats including Asap Rocky’s “Jodye”. Since then Fatts has worked with Asap Mob, Snoop Dogg, Danny Brown and The Game. Recently in March he released his highly anticipated mixtape “I’ll Call You Tommorow”
This rapper and record producer from Brooklyn, New York is a member of the Hip Hop collective Pro Era. His debut project, Late Knight Special was released on October last year.Kirk has produced for Joey Badass and Mick Jenkins whom he’s toured the country with on The Smokers Club Tour.
The Brooklyn Ski Mask wearing artist caught a lot of attention after receiving a co sign from Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z after appearing on his Tidal playlist. Two mixtapes and a string of vibrant videos also helped her gain popularity in the music industry.
On his second project Maxo 187, the Houston rapper delivers a darker and more descriptive tale of his life in H-Town. He shared stages with the likes of Joey Fatts, Father, Playboi Carti and Lambs, across the country.
Growing up affiliated with the Piru Blood gang and gang banging throughout his High School years. The Inglewood rapper worked with fellow Los Angeles area rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy. On May 6, DJ Drama released a single off his “Quality Street Music 2”, titled “Wishing” featuring Chris Brown, Skeme and Lyquin.
Your Old Droog
The Internet went crazy when social media rumors began to surface claiming that Nas was releasing music under the new name Your Old Droog. Turns out it wasn’t Nas but another talented NY Wordsmith. The Brooklyn emcee has worked with Marco Polo, joined DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 and dropped his third EP, The Nicest last summer.
Onced featured on Hot 97 as a part of the Who’s Next section, The 19 year old rapper has already worked DJ Premier, Madlib, MF Doom and more. 2 years ago he was one of the first signee’s to NAs’s Mass Appeal Records