Nardo Wick, Big30, Big Scarr & KenTheMan Snap In Their XXL Cypher

Big30, KenTheMan, Big Scarr, and Nardo Wick show out in their XXL Freshman Cypher.

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XXL revealed the latest edition of their annual Freshman List earlier this year. Surprisingly, the backlash was minimal compared to previous years. The line-up included an array of budding stars who've carved their name in rap circuits over the past few years and are preparing to blow. In the last few weeks, they revealed every XXL Freshman freestyle from the cover story's roster, leading to the long-awaited cypher.


The XXL Freshman Cypher is typically better than the individual freestyles. The first round of cyphers emerged on Wednesday with Big30, Big Scarr, Nardo Wick, and KenTheMan. With Wheezy handling the beat, Nardo Wick kicks off the freestyles and effortlessly rides the sinister production. Big30 comes in second with a show-stealing verse that showcases his progress in the past year. Of course, he couldn't bless the mic without giving a shout out to his incarcerated partner-in-rhyme, Pooh Shiesty. 

Scarr follows up with less intensity than his fellow Memphis rapper but his laidback flow still commands attention. KenTheMan closes out this round of freestyles with a firm reminder of why she's one of the hottest female rappers in the game right now. 

The latest XXL Cypher is an impressive showcase of the next-up in hip-hop. Check the full freestyle below with Big30, KenTheMan, Big Scarr and Nardo Wick below. Let us know who had the best verse. 


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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.