Best Class Ever?


Every year when we release the Freshman Class, we get a lot of fans and a lot of haters. It’s understandable. If your boy (or girl) is (or isn’t) on the list, you want to celebrate (or hate).

In 2012, people were asking “What’s a Macklemore?” and then a few months later, same people are saying that’s the best pick of the year.

People also use this time to compare classes and figure out which is the best. Somebody tweeted “Ain’t nobody been good on that Freshman list since 2009.” Good is subjective, but there are record sales and airplay charts that that would argue Kendrick, Meek, Wiz, J. Cole, Big Sean, Future, K.R.I.T., the aforementioned Macklemore and others that are at least, pretty good.

It seems every year is the best class ever but only time will tell. The 2013 class certainly has potential for “Best Class Ever” with T.D.E.’s ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Funk Volume’s Dizzy Wright, Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$, Travi$ Scott, Trinidad Jame$, Angel Haze, Kirko Bangz’ millions of Youtube hits and Logic just signed to Def Jam.

Vote for your favorite XXL Freshman Class below and you tell us is 2013, the “Best Class Ever?”

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  • wat

    2009 is the best class. It’s unbelievable that it’s behind the voting. 2009 > 2010 > 2013 > 2011 > 2008 > 2012. Everyone on 2009 was actually good in their own way. There were no wack rappers on there, yet they still all had the buzz to deserve the list. 2010 and 2013 are tied imo but I edge it more to 2010 because that class has more breakout stars like Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and J. Cole. 2013 is a nice ass class with Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q (who should’ve been on 2012′s list), Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, etc. Although *super* wack, Trinidad Jame$ and Chief Keef *super* deserved the list. Kirko Bangz is the only slip up but the rest of the class is so good that it’s easily ignorable. 2011 had breakout stars Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller, but the rest were flukes. Diggy had promise but is now a popstar who lost his rhyming talent, Fred da Godson is ass, YG is ass as well but has a couple decent songs, and Lil B is the worst rapper of all time. 2008 was half lyricists, half wack one hit wonders. No one on that list really blew up, except maybe Lupe, somewhat. 2012 was just a disaster. French Montana, MGK, and Future were no-brainers and it’s cool that Hopsin and Danny Brown got a shot and I believe they deserved it, but everyone else on that list is bullshit. Kid Ink? WHO? Don Trip? WHOOOO? Iggy Azalea being the fan-voted freshman is complete bullshit because she barely had a fanbase before the cover. Easy to see that T.I. paid for her spot. You guys did strike gold with Macklemore, however. For a while it seemed like he was another fluke until he got popular with Thrift Shop WAYYYYYY after he was featured on the cover.

    Anyway, that’s my perspective of all the classes. I care wayyyy too much about this shit, unfortunately.

  • Dylan Hryckewicz

    id say 2011 for Kdot, Mac, Yelawolf, and Meek Mill. cant forget YG and KRIT. yelawolf is farrr from a fluke

  • Catfish

    2009 ARE YOU PEOPLE BLIND?! Asher Roth, B.O.B, Curren$y, Blu and Wale?!?!?!?!?!?!
    Come on people

  • Anonymous

    2008 sucked! Only good ones were lupe, joell, saigon, papoose and crooked i

  • Atomsk

    I think K Dot, KRIT, Yella, and even Lil B in his own weird way, carry the no names to the top or close to it.

  • Top Chef

    Bitch Mob, Task Force, Lil B, nigga.