The 2017 XXL Freshman Class has officially arrived, and as expected, the list was the catalyst for an engaging and sometimes heated discourse. While there were some who appeared content, many decried the publication over the snubbing of their favorite candidates, while others simply questioned who some the chosen artists even were. 

Even big names like Vic Mensatook some shots at the Freshman Class,  and our Twitter reaction compliation unearthed a healthy dose of skepticism. And while these lists are inherently lightning rods for criticism, let us not forget that these Freshmen artists have all earned their place for a reason. 

So why not get to know the Freshman Class a little better? And who knows, maybe you'll gain a newfound respect for some of the chosen artists.