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Watch G Herbo’s 2016 XXL Freshman Interview and Freestyle

G Herbo landed a spot on the coveted 2016 XXL Freshman Class cover. Find out more about G Herbo's movement in his exclusive interview and freestyle.

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Watch Lil Dicky’s 2016 XXL Freshman Interview and Freestyle

Lil Dicky landed a spot on the coveted 2016 XXL Freshman Class cover. Find out more about Desiigner's movement in his exclusive interview and freestyle.

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Watch Kodak Black’s 2016 XXL Freshman Interview and Freestyle

Kodak Black has landed a spot on the coveted 2016 XXL Freshman Class cover. Find out more about Kodak's movement in his exclusive interview and freestyle.

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It’s Here: The 2016 XXL Freshman Class

After months of anticipation, XXL is proud to present the long-awaited 2016 XXL Freshman Class.

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Twitter Reacts to the 2015 XXL Freshman Cover

The roster of XXL Freshman for 2015 has been revealed!

As always, XXL has rounded up who we think are stars-in-the-making and who are not only hot right now, but also have a future in the rap game...

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Check Out The Video From The XXL Freshmen 2013 Concert In NYC

Go behind-the-scenes at the Monster Energy's Outbreak Tour Presents: XXL 2013 Freshman Live in NYC.

Featuring interviews and outtakes from Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Trinidad Jame$, Travi$ Scott, Logic, Dizzy Wright, Kirko Bangz, ScHoolboy Q, DJ Drama, B...

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Lil Durk

Durk Banks

@lildurk

21

Chicago

Singles: “Dis Ain’t What U Want,” “Bang Bros,” “L’s Anthem”; Mixtapes: Life Ain’t No Joke, Signed To The Streets; Guest Appearances: Lil Reese’s “Beef,” Fredo Santana’s “Wild Niggas”

Coke Boys/Def Jam

As-yet-untitled mixtape

Nuski and Rondo ’cause they started with us and they put in a lot of work too.”

“Meek Mill and French Montana ’cause I’ve been listening to them since I started rapping, like when I used to battle and come out with the DVDs.”

“[I was] smooth, laid-back.”

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Jarren Benton

Jarren Benton

@JarrenBenton

“I’m too old for this shit.”

Decatur, Ga.

Singles: “Razor Blades And Steak Knives,” “Go Off,” “Gimme The Loot”; Mixtapes: Freebasing With Kevin Bacon; Albums: My Grandma’s Basement; Guest Appearances: Dizzy Wright’s “Step Yo Game Up”

Funk Volume

As-yet-untitled EP, scheduled for this summer

Chris Webby, Rittz, Iamsu!, Young Thug, Vince Staples. He might be a little too big because of the acting shit, but I’m surprised Childish Gambino ain’t on here.”

“Eminem. Redman. OutKast, OutKast, man. They’re a real big inspiration. Ras Kass. Wu-Tang Clan. Shit, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre. Nas. So many people. These are people that, when I heard their shit, I was obsessed, and they changed the way I looked at hip-hop. They were such dope spitters that they made me feel inadequate.”

“I put my mom and my grandma through a lot of fuckin’ hell. Consistently kicked out of school all the time, just runnin’ with the wrong crowd, man, being a dick. Just doing a lot of crazy shit, man. I never put this out there, but I slung dope in school, man. Just did a lot of mischievous, dumb shit, man. I had no respect for authority. I didn’t give a fuck. Horrible, man.”

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Jon Connor

Jon Freeman Jr.

@JonConnorMusic

29

Flint, Mich.

Singles: “Michigan Shit”; Mixtapes: The Blue Album, The People’s Rapper LP, Season 2; Albums: Unconscious State

Aftermath/Interscope

As-yet-untitled major label debut album

“I think everyone here deserves to be here. I just think that it’s all about timing, so whoever didn’t make it shouldn’t look at it as a setback. I know when I didn’t make it, I let it fuel me.”

“I’m not saying this because I’m signed to Aftermath, but just like most of America, I grew up idolizing Dr. Dre. And I’m from Michigan, so I grew up idolizing Eminem. So to be on the same label as the two of them is a dream come true.”

“I probably thought I was cooler than I was. I think I’m pretty much the same dude—quiet, reserved. I only want attention when I feel like I deserve it, when I’m on that stage. Other than that, I’m chillin’. I’m cool. Just like in high school, I didn’t get caught up in varsity jackets and cheerleaders. If it came to me, it came to me. If it didn’t, it didn’t. But I was too busy doing me to be concerned about what everybody else was doing.”

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Lil Bibby

Brandon Dickenson

@LilBibby

19

Chicago

Singles: “Water,” “For The Low,” “Kill Shit”; Mixtapes: Free Crack; Guest Appearances: Tink’s “Kilo”

Grade A Productions

The Book EP, due out this summer

“Young Thug. It seems he was making a little noise.”

“Jay Z, Drake, Jadakiss, a little Cam’ron. I like Wayne. Gucci. Those guys. I really like the street rappers, but I fuck with Drake hard too.”

“I didn’t talk to nobody. Everybody at school, they talked so proper. I ain’t know how to talk to them type of people. ’Cause I’m used to everybody like me, all street niggas.”

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