Here is the third XXL Freshman cypher video of the week. All 10 members of this year's Freshman class have shown off their individual freestyling abilities, and they've now been put up against one another to see how their raps hold up in the cypher format.
Stark, acapella, and to the point, the freestyles that XXL produce in conjunction with their annual Freshmen class series stand out in contrast to the list itself, which takes numerous factors into consideration in order to determine the hottest up-and-comers
XXL is currently rolling out the freestyles for their 2016 freshman class. Looking back on the first week -- some were undeniably fire (Anderson .Paak). Some were divisive beyond belief (Timmy Timmy Timmy Turner).
UPDATE: Vanessa Satton has responded to Post Malone's letter with an Instagram letter of her own. She reaffirmed that Post's team as well as others had told XXL that he wasn't interested in being boxed-in as a hip-hop artist.
One of the most conspicuous absences from the 2016 XXL Freshman cover was Post Malone. If Desiigner made the cover, why not Post Malone, who has produced not only a mega-hit but a solid overall body of work?
XXL announced their 2016 Freshman Class this morning.
PNB Rock, who indicated that he was present at the XXL Freshman cover shoot earlier this month, did not make the cover. Lil Yachty secured the 10th "Voter's Choice" slot.
A couple of days ago, it was looking like Kodak Black was in a world of trouble, as he was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drugs, and attempting to flee a Law Enforcement Officer at a high speed.
We, the editors of HNHH, put our heads together this afternoon and picked the 10 artists we deemed most deserving of the 2016 XXL Freshman cover. Tough choices were made. Digital fists of fury were thrown on the HNHH editor email thread.
Big Sean shows up on the newly unveiled cover of XXL magazine's Spring 2016 issue behind a headline that reads "Big Sean >> Rap Star Status." Sean is the latest "rap star," a title with which XXL will attempt to anoint Sean in its forthcoming cover story
G Herbo is up for the 10th and final spot of XXL's 2016 freshman class. Last year, HNHH argued that Herbo should be in the 2015 freshman class. Somehow, Herbo is still facing long odds to make this year's cover.
There have been a few controversial choices as XXL rolled out their freshmen squad this year. K Camp was not one of them. Today they dropped off his freshmen freestyle. Going a capella accentuates his thick Southern drawl.
The XXL Freshman list is always a huge conversation piece in the rap world, and this year should be no different. While the wait has seemed a little longer than usual, the full list and cover has now been revealed.
Since being arrested in September 2013, Gucci Mane has been spending his time behind bars. While he's managed to release hundreds of songs from his large cache while incarcerated, he's yet to partake in an interview.