The XXL Freshman class has been generating some controversy over the past couple of years. With names like Tekashi 69, Trippie Redd, Lil Pump and Blocboy JB in the news it's hard to overlook some of these artists. Whether it's negative or positive any publicity is good publicity when it comes to these new rappers. Over time many people forget who some of these artists are after their XXL debut and many others just fall off the face of the earth.There is an argument that the 2014 class might have be one of the most talented classes of all time as far as XXL covers are concerned. Some notable names from previous classes are listed below to draw some comparison.
2007 - Plies, Lupe Fiasco, Papoose, Young Dro
2009 - Wale, B.o.B, Ace Hood, Kid Cudi, Curren$y
2010 - J. Cole, Nipsey Hussle,Wiz Khalifa
2011 - Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T, Cyhi The Prynce, Mac Miller, YG, Kendrick Lamar
2012 - Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Hopsin
2013 - Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Kirko Bangz, Travis Scott, Dizzy Wright
2014 - Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin Gates, August Alsina, Jarren Benton
2015 - Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, OG Maco, K Camp
Years 2016, 2017, 2018 have been the most dysfunctional of the classes. While you have some pretty dope artists with their new waves like Dave East, Amine, PnB Rock, you also have some other artists on these lists that make you want to live on the "skip" button during a listening session. Then you have a few diamonds in the rough that have delivered. Tekashi 69 at one point had 2-5 hits on the Billboard top 100. While I'm not personally a fan, he has been dominating the charts. Bhad Babbie or "CashMeOutside" girl has also over 100m views on her YouTube channel and in surprising news, did not make the cut for the 2018 freshman class. One of my personal favorites is J.I.D.
J.I.D. has been making headlines all across hip-hop and there are plenty of reasons why. He has been a staple in the music community with his Never Had S**t Tour that has been selling out shows all across the world. He has literally gone from football star to rap star in the course of a few years and there seems to be nothing stopping him now. His abrupt delivery seems to be a perfectly devised plan to compliment the completely abstract instrumentals . He is finally recognized by XXL Magazine for his courageous efforts in the music industry. While there is an uproar about which artists got snubbed from the list and who did not deserve to be on the list, J.I.D. is one for the culture. He brings lyricism and originality to the table without rapping about foolishness. He is definitely a legend in the making.