Posted by , Jun 13, 2016 at 05:11pm
Following the reveal of the 2016 Freshman Class, we take a look back at the most successful artists from XXL's 8 previous covers.

The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance. Obviously, we've had more time with some artists than others, and some rappers tend to reach their true potential a little more gradually than others. Nevertheless, we've done our best to choose one or two artists from each cover that made their mark on the game. Let us know your own opinions in the comments below.

The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class

Following the reveal of the 2016 Freshman Class, we take a look back at the most successful artists from XXL's 8 previous covers.


The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance. Obviously, we've had more time with some artists than others, and some rappers tend to reach their true potential a little more gradually than others. Nevertheless, we've done our best to choose one or two artists from each cover that made their mark on the game. Let us know your own opinions in the comments below.

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