How Fetty Wap, Vince Staples And Dej Loaf Got Voted Into The ‘XXL Freshman 10 List’

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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.

Fetty Wap 

poses in the press room during The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


Name: Willie Maxwell Jr.

Age: 24

From : Paterson, N.J.

Releases: Singles: “Trap Queen,”

“My Way,”


Mixtapes: Up Next

Label: RGF/300

Influenced By: Gucci Mane,


Dej Loaf 

dej lof

Name: Deja Trimble

Age: 24

From: Detroit

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”

Label: IBGM/Columbia

Influenced By: Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas, Ja Rule…


Vince Staples

vince staples

Name: Vincent Staples

Age: 21

From: Long Beach

Releases: Singles: “Nate,”

“Blue Suede,”

“Screen Door”

Mixtapes: Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2; EPs: Hell Can Wait

Guest appearances: Common’s “Kingdom,” Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive”

Label: Blacksmith/ARTium/Def Jam.



raury tullis

Name: Raury Tullis

Age: 19

From: Atlanta

Releases: Singles: “God’s Whisper,”

“Cigarette Song,”

“Seven Suns”

Albums: Indigo Child

Guest Appearances: Gucci Mane’s “Dead People”

Label: LoveRenaissance/Columbia

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

Age: 22

From: DMV

Releases: Singles: “Sober Thoughts,”

“Planet Paradise,”

“Ay Ay,”

“When I Die”

EPs: The God Complex

Label: None

Influenced By: Wale.



Tink poses for a portrait prior to her performance at Red Bull Sound Selects Presents 4 Days in Austin, in Austin, TX, USA on 13 March, 2014.
Tink poses for a portrait prior to her performance at Red Bull Sound Selects Presents 4 Days in Austin, in Austin, TX, USA on 13 March, 2014.

Name: Trinity Home

Age: 20

From: Chicago

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”

Label: Mosley/Epic.

Influenced By:  S.W.V.



k camp

Name: Kristopher Campbell

Age: 25

From: Atlanta

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”

Label: FTE/Interscope.


Shy Glizzy


Name: Marquis King

Age: 22

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.


Kidd Kidd


Name: Curtis Stewart

Age: 26

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.



og marco

Name: Maco Mattox

Age: 23

From: Atlanta

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.





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