XXL is an all American hip hop magazine, based in New York. The well-respected magazine also gives back to the community with several means of recognition for artists one which includes ‘XXL FRESHMAN 10 LIST’. The elite 10 are usually voted for and chosen to represent what the hip hop game has to offer in the next few years.
The release is usually annual and has been running for almost 9 years now. The issue features the ten picks of whom to watch out for, and on the cover of the magazine, it showcases new rappers that aren’t well known, but are considered to be on the rise. The list has become known to create buzz and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of fame and stardom.
The list for the year 2014 included :Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton, and August Alsina. These artists have tried to put good work out in the last year with good albums like Innanatape (vic mensa), and Cilvia Demo ( Isaiah rashad).
This year, 2015, we have our list out in the late weeks of June and it includes: Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, Raury, Kidd Kidd, OG Maco, Shy Glizzy, Goldlink, K Camp, Vince Staples, Tink. All to watch out for.
Name: Willie Maxwell Jr.
From : Paterson, N.J.
Releases: Singles: “Trap Queen,”
Mixtapes: Up Next
Influenced By: Gucci Mane,
Name: Deja Trimble
Releases: Singles: “Try Me,”
“On My Own,”
“Me U & Hennessy,”
“We Be On It”
Mixtapes: Just Do It, Sell $ole; Guest Appearances: Eminem’s “Detroit vs. Everybody,” Kid Ink’s “Be Real,” The Game’s “Ryda”
Influenced By: Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas, Ja Rule…
Name: Vincent Staples
From: Long Beach
Releases: Singles: “Nate,”
Mixtapes: Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2; EPs: Hell Can Wait
Guest appearances: Common’s “Kingdom,” Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive”
Label: Blacksmith/ARTium/Def Jam.
Name: Raury Tullis
Releases: Singles: “God’s Whisper,”
Albums: Indigo Child
Guest Appearances: Gucci Mane’s “Dead People”
Currently Working On: As-yet-titled debut album
Influenced By: folk music; Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Kid Cudi, André 3000.
Name: D’Anthony Carlos
Releases: Singles: “Sober Thoughts,”
“When I Die”
EPs: The God Complex
Influenced By: Wale.
Name: Trinity Home
Notable Releases: Singles: “Around the Clock,” “Ratchet Commandments
Mixtapes: Winter’s Diary, Alter Ego and Winter’s Diary 2
Guest Appearances: Sleigh Bells’ “That Did It,” Future Brown’s “Room 302”
Influenced By: S.W.V.
Name: Kristopher Campbell
Releases: Singles: “Money Baby,” “Cut Her Off,” “Blessing,” “Turn Up For a Check,” “Lil Bit”
Mixtapes: One Way; EPs: In Due Time
Guest Appearances: Snootie Wild’s “Made Me”
Name: Marquis King
From: Washington D.C.
Releases: Singles: “Awwsome,” “Funeral,” “White Girl”; Mixtapes: Law 3, Young Jefe
Guest Appearances: Boosie BadAzz’s “Young Niggas”
Label: Glizzy Gang
Influenced By: the Hot Boys, No Limit, C-Murder and Master P. Right now, myself.
Name: Curtis Stewart
From: New Orleans
Releases: Singles: “Big Body Benz,” “I’m A G,” “I Am”;
Mixtapes: New Kidd On The Block;
EPs with G-Unit crew: The Beauty of Independence, The Beast Is G-Unit
Label: G-Unit Records
Influenced By: Future and G-Unit.
Name: Maco Mattox
Releases: Singles: “U Guessed It,” “Love In The City,” “How We Planned It,” “FUCKEMx3”
Mixtapes: Live Life, Live Life 2; EPs: Give Em Hell with Key!, OG Maco, Breathe, 15
Label: Quality Control/Capitol/Motown
Influenced By: Black Sabbath, Kid Cudi, Curren$y.