Desiigner Shares "Timmy Turner" Single Artwork
The GOOD Music-signed "Panda" sensation known as Desiigner is still technically a one-hit wonder, though his 45-second XXL Freshman freestyle has become something of a viral sensation, gaining considerably more attention than each of the freestyles of his nine classmates. It wasn't so much a freestyle as a strangely catchy refrain about a boy named Timmy Timmy Turner, who has a troubling appetite for mass murder.
Ranking The 2016 XXL Freshman Freestyles
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 in the game. It's been clear for a few years that being the best pure rapper isn't the only way you can make it there. Maybe you're not the best lyricist in the game but you've got a new sound and a cult following. Maybe you're a street rapper who never freestyles. Maybe you're a singer!
Post Malone Responds To XXL Claiming He's Not Focused On Hip-Hop
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. She also stated that Post never declined the Freshman cover -- "because we didn't even get that far." Read her note below.
Post Malone Going In "Rock/Pop/Country Direction"
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 editor-in chief Vanessa Satten explained why Post Malone was not included during an interview with The Breakfast Club Monday morning.
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
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.
XXL Freshman Class Of 2016 Revealed
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.
Tory Lanez Declines XXL Freshman Cover Spot
There is much buzz about the rap world regarding the 10 rappers who will appear on this year's XXL Freshman cover. The HNHH staff recently shared its opinions on those most deserving of the honor and put forth a list that includes talents like G Herbo, Jazz Cartier, and Tory Lanez, the latter whom it seems has been a contender for a few years now.
HNHH's Picks For The 2016 XXL Freshman List
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. But we feel good about our list. Our list is rock fucking solid. NOTE: according to the official bylaws of XXL, any artist who has released an album on a major label is ineligible for the Freshman cover. Hence, we did not include Bryson Tiller on our list.
Tink's New Mixtape Is Coming This Month
Whether you've only recently discovered Tink, or you've been following her for years,you've probably made your way back through Winter's Diary 2. The R&B-centric project is easily among the rapper and singer's best work, so the announcement of Winter's Diary 3 is an exciting one for Tink fans.
XXL Freshman Class 2015 Revealed
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.