Weigh In on the XXL 2011 Freshmen Cover, What Are Your Thoughts [360]

Unless this is your first time on a computer in the last day or so (sort of impressive if you were able to manage that), you know that we released our annual XXL Freshmen cover yesterday. The feedback over the 11 artists that we chose (that’s right 11, the recession is over) has been overwhelming to say the least. One thing is clear: Everyone’s got something to say. In fact, “XXL Freshman” was a trending topic on Twitter both in the United States and then worldwide for much of last night and then again this morning. Some have been showing love, while others had less than kind words for the cover (and us). It’s all good, though. We know what they say about opinions. We obviously stand behind our picks: Meek mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi the Prynce, Lil twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons. Now, we want to hear yours.

Who do you like? Who do you dislike? In the comments section, let us know your list for the 2011 XXL Freshmen.

  • http://twitter.com/legalizebudnow J. Weez

    How can you have Lil B, YG, Meek Mill, and YG? Just because someone is signed to a big company doesn’t make them good it just makes them popular. You guys slept hard on XV, I thought he was a shoe in.

    • john z

      meek mill is a fukin beast he totally deserves to be on dis list ive been listenin 2 him since 07 every track he spit has been good as hell, meek prob da best on dis list mayb he behing chyi da prince, and you rather have meek gone n still have lil twist?

    • jesse mejia

      lil b isnt signed to a label? you should really understand these artist before you give an opinion. After you listen and research and you still dont like them, then I would respect that more.

      • basedGOD FAN

        lil b with solja boy or w/e

      • PATTY CAKE

        He sighed to SODMG soulja boy label…..you need to check before you speak out on anyone

    • hiphopaddict

      this is the worst xxl freshmen 10 ever! why would you put lil b, lil twist, meek mill, and fred the godson on this cover? those niggas suck! xxl should of put chip da ripper, dom kennedy, stalley, and xv on that cover! this is some bullshit! i have know respect for xxl anymore. if i was xxl’s ceo i would fire whoever chose those four bogus ass rappers! STEP YO GAME UP XXL!!!!

      • PATTY CAKE

        if you think diggy should be on here LIL TWIST diffidently should be on here to

    • PATTY CAKE

      This list is not about who you think the best rapper is. its who the world likes the most and be popular is the only way to get on this list

    • Billy Bong Thornton

      what the fuck is nearly every rapper but mac miller and big k.r.i.t. i’m really surprised at this wack ass list, I mean not only are YG, Lil B, and fred garbo, but DIGGY SIMMONS? I mean come on, seems like daddy bought him a spot on the xxl cause really they are other rappers puttin on that shit out more creativity than diggy even possesses, this list has seemed to really lost its way this year, it is nice to see Mac miller and k.r.i.t. getting some love, but I better see Chris webby, chip da rip, trademark da sky diva, and smoke DZA on this shit next year if xxl’s fuckin putting up DIGGY SIMMONS. LOLLL

  • http://www.twitter.com/tevin412 Tevin

    It looks like the cover was rushed. There are 2 people that deserved to be on this and its Big Krit and Mac Miller.I like Lil B but dont think he did much to get on. Yelawolf is one of my fav’s he was on last year though. I really think Chevy Woods should of been on this. Epically over Lil twist what did he do this year or what will he? Yall sleeping on Chevy Woods.Look out

    • Danny

      Yelawolf was not on it last year, alot of yall dudes are talking and dont do research yall need to smarten up!!!!

    • Beast

      Yelawolf was not on here last year wat r u smoking?

  • tavares Perkins

    lil twist lil b and YG are all garbage

    • PATTY CAKE

      YG is not wake u sound dumb TOOT IT AND BOOT IT is now being played world wide….and u say he wake slap yo self

      • bugz bunny

        just cuz a song is played worldwide doesnt mean the artist is good as a lyricist yg is horrible

  • http://twitter.com/legalizebudnow J. Weez

    P.s. If Big KRIT doesnt blow by this year I will have no faith in hip hop

    Follow @legalizebudnow on twitter if you support a Marijuana March in DC on 420……. tgod

  • Nathan

    Yall slept on Chip tha Ripper, Dom Kennedy, and XV this year, just means they got to work harder for the next year. Honestly though, I could only take half of this years list serious.

    • PATTY CAKE

      Why would they put chip the ripper when only like 25 people know about him SMH shut up

  • http://governedbyloyalty.com KEI OPENS DOORS

    i don’t think they slept on XV at all. who is this guy? he made 12 mixtapes, ok cool…but no one knows his story. he doesn’t do enough shows…he has no personality whatsoever. i’m really curious as to how he has a deal.

    cover seems a bit rushed + people’s photos are superimposed, so aestically, it doesn’t look the best.

    i think the only person y’all slept on was dom kennedy. and i don’t even know who yg, fred the godson and meek mill are. but that doesn’t mean people don’t *shrug*

    • Don’t know XV?

      Your fuckin’ slippin like fuck!!!! XV does deserve a spot on this cover!! How the fuck can you argue in a different manner? Yes it’s your opinion but many people have been listening to XV for years now he has a huge fan base which is what this is based off of and just signed a major deal. YG, Fred the fatass and Lil twist shouldn’t be on here! For any fucking reason!! Meek Mill as well for that matter. He’s nice on the mic can’t deny that but not many people know him and he really didn’t make that much noise last year shoulda went to someone who put in more work ie. Dom Kennedy, Chip tha ripper or someone of that nature.

    • Uhh, No…

      Dude above me is right. Stop hating. If you’ve actually listened to any of XV’s last 3 mixtapes u would know he has a story and personality

  • Flyguy5

    YOOO Y WOULD YOU PUT LIL TWIST ON THE COVER AND NOT VADO?? C’ON SON!! LIL TWIST AINT MAKE NO NOISE LAST YEAR AND MY NIGA VADO WAS KILLIN’EM. C’MON XXL…. STEP YA GAME UP NXT YEAR!

  • thomas esquire

    wheres tyga, xv?
    is this a popularity contest or what>?
    i do like 4/10 but come on son

    • that dude

      son tyga isn’t a freshman has been out since 2006 he droped like 2 albums already. he recently stepped his game up, but he was garbage back in the day.

      • Michael C.

        Its not any of these guys first year of rapping its just new in the game relevancy wise. Meek has been battle rapping on the internet for a few years. Mac is brand new on the scene but has his first real tape in 09. You gotta put in work to be known. Wiz had been rapping since he was 16 and was on the cover last year.

        • truth

          its not about being new stupid! its about having an album out… if you already have a major release you won’t make the list anybody else is eligible. And for all you DUMBASSES sucking vado’s dick. Go talk to camron because he’s the one that made vado pass on the cover. whos this nigga chip da rip.. i’m heavy in hip hop and I aint ever heard shit about him.. not wshh, not youtube, he has no pressence.. tell him to step it up

          • Michael C.

            If you were heavy on hip hop you would know Chip Da Ripper is from Cleavland and has had numerous videos on World Star and does a lot of work with a 2009 freshman by the name of KiD CuDi. You would also know that none of these people have albums out ‘truth’.

          • You don’t know the truth

            Yeah, I agree with the other dude your a fucking moron! There is no way in hell your “heavy in hip-hop” and don’t know who he is. He’s been on both of Cudis album not to mentioned dropped numerous tapes over the years. He’s even had songs with Dom Kennedy and Big Sean. But since your so “heavy in hip-hop” I don’t expect you to know who they are either. Dumbass…

  • Michael C.

    Unlike some of the others who don’t even know which artist were on previous freshman lists, I have been an active reader for a while. I like the list this year and realize how difficult it is to pick 10 (or 11) of the best new rappers. In my personal opinion I feel like you missed XV and Dom Kennedy and should be on the list instead of Fred the Godson and Lil B. I feel that CyHi, Yelawolf and Meek Mill will be the top of the class in a year from now.

    • Antek

      Actually i agree on everything exect that lil b dont qualify for this list.. he really made some noise last year with his hundreds of music videos and he really does have a cult following.. and not witout reason when hes not fuckin around he really is an deep artist who makes emotionally powerfull music… Wouldnt u say that they should exhange Lil twist instead of Lil B? havent heard a single song from the kid

      • Michael C.

        I see what your saying with Lil B and the only reason I would take Lil B off over Lil Twist is because the people that I know that have heard Lil B listen to him as a joke. I feel like his songs are just really funny to listen to and he doesn’t put too much effort into what he does (in one song you can here his phone going off). I would be happy with either one taken off but I would prefer Lil Twist to stay.

  • thomas esquire

    wheres chip da rip, vado?

  • Mike V

    I honestly cannot believe that Los in not on here. What is hip hop coming to?

    • Khalil

      Fuck Los btw there already is a Los in Hip Hop Fabolous aka Loso if this nigga dont wanna put effort into gettin mainsteam in gettin out from underground scene he does not belong wit rapper who do

  • D90

    meek mill is by no means a freshman i been known about him for years and he aint really done nothin in a min Kendrick Lamar n Yelawolf are dope but cmon son LIL B and LIL TWIST are fuckin garbage idk bout YG cuz i only kno 1 dude that listens 2 him i hear bout krit n cypha a lot but never really listened 2 em neva even heard of fred da godson n mac miller tho and it seems like u puttin diggy up there jus cuz of who his dad was cuz idk any1 that fucks wit his shit

    thats jus my opinion tho and i still think xxl needs 2 acknowledge Cyssero sum time

  • http://www.flyliving.tumblr.com Levi C.

    The cover should’ve been Tyga, Vado, Chip Tha Ripper, Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T. , Yelawolf , Kendrick Lamar & that’s it. Cyhi had a good mixtape but it wasn’t enough he just made it cuz he’s signed to G.O.O.D. music, Diggy Simmons is hype to me & Lil B is just a phase, YG didn’t even write Toot it & Boot It but it is what it is.

  • http://www.nopumpfaking.com Cashtro Crosby

    For all that it’s worth these are just opinions so congrats to the cover either way…
    The Cover in Presentation is lacking w/ the Photos but Im not a Photographer so that’s not my concern..

    Mac Miller Definitely made great strides this year along with Krit , Yela, & Lil B in actual Fans, Collabs, Tours, & More…
    I never Heard of Fred The god son , & just discovered YG’s music a few weeks back, Meek Mill’s has been dope (Im from PA) & yeaa that’s about it.. haha #nopumpfaking

    I think Dom Kennedy , The Kid Daytona , Melo-X , & Smoke Dza were Artist’s I could of Seen on the cover Because all in all they had strong years & appearances in your magazine ( not sure though) … But It’ll be good to have it Out & Congrats again …. word

  • Andrew

    Honestly only Big K.R.I.T,Yelawolf,Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller are the only one’s who deserved to be on the cover…i can see why Diggy and Lil B are on the cover because they got mad buzz….but the rest just don’t make sense to me especially Lil Twist….i just don’t see how u could leave people like Dom Kennedy,Smoke DZA & Chip The Ripper off the list the deserve the recognition….

  • oobs

    I think Lil B deserved to be on the list not for talent but because of how big is he getting in popularity, made a lot of noise this year. Meek Mill, Lil Twist, Fred The Godson, and YG defenitely do not belong on here. My list of 11 would be: Jay Electronica, LoS, Chip Tha Ripper, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, XV, Stalley, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., and Cyhi The Prynce. and just missing the list Chris Webby

  • brandon

    vado wont be on the cover… its not he didnt have an oppurtunity

  • Danny

    Krizzle, Cyhi, Lil B and K.Dot are the only people with actual talent and a potential future. Horrible list, what did YG and Lil Twist do to warrant a spot? They haven’t done jack shit. XV being robbed for the third year in a row doesn’t help matters either. What about Chiddy Bang, Dom Kennedy, and Tyler the Creator?

    I can’t believe XXL falls for bribes from record labels to put specific artists on, I know you guys can make a great list looking at the all-star 09 list, but wow. You messed up.

  • Tyler

    Los should be on the listhands down he would murder any of those dudes on the mic. Tory Lanez,Kid Ink,Reek Da Villian,Jag,and Vado deserve to be on it also. Lil B wtf is that hes a fucking joke. Lil Twist is terrible but yall are YM dick riders. Fred the godsen? Yelawolf again? kendrick Lamar? this is by far the wort list yet

    • Khalil

      First off all but 1 of these freshmen has a bigger buzz than Los second stop dickriding Los he is not as big as Lil B or Meek Mill or put in as much work as anybody else you dont deserve to be on a freshmen just cause you hot but nobody knows you

  • james

    XXL I LOVE THE THINGS YOU DO FOR HIP HOP INCLUDING YOUR ANNUAL FRESHMAN LITS. I WAIT ALL YR FOR THESE TO COME OUT AND I APPLAUD EVERY MC CHOSEN THIS YR. I WAS FAMILIAR WITH EACH ARTIST CHOSEN EXCEPT FRED THE GODSON, DID A LITTLE HOMEWORK LAST NIGHT, SEEN SHOW FOOTAGE, HIM WORKING WITH LEGENDS SUCH AS BUSTA RHYMES AND SAW SOME OF HIS MONUMENTAL FREESTYLES( DJ ENUFF AND KAY SLAY) THE KID IS TRULY GRINDING SO THATS COOL.

    THE ONLY THING ME AND THE REST OF HIP-HOP- AMERICA WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IS WHY WASNT DOM KENNEDY ON THE LIST? IF YOU COULD, COULD YOU PLEASE RESPOND IN THIS COMMENT SECTION XXL I WOULD JUST LOVE TO KNOW WHAT KEPT HIM OFF… ANYWAYS CONGRATS ALL THE FRESHMAN….. PS, YOUNG SCOLLA HAS TO MAKE THE 2012 LIST HES SUPER ILL.

  • Poindexter

    XV???????

  • kyle t

    Get Lil Twist off that garbage and replace him with Dom Kennedy

  • Crisp03

    I’m glad Kendrick, CyHi and Big KRIT were on the list. I also understand the Yelawolf, Meek Mill, Mac Miller and even Lil B to an extent because of all the buzz they been generating. But i feel that you guys missed out on Don Kennedy (i still can’t believe how that happened), XV (also shocked me) and Los (personal favorite, lyrical as hell). Others i felt had a chance were Emilio Rojas, Tyga, Laws, and Chevy Woods. But damn you’re right about the Reccision being over…there is a lot of talent in the game right now.

  • http://twitter.com/@ahkidagreat ahkidagreat

    I think after last year not putting Vado was a big fail on behalf XXL and im sure Vado turned it down this year after he dropped an that was better than most of which anybody from last years list did(besides J.Cole, Freddie Gibbs and Fashawn) and it wouldve been kinda corny for Vado to be on there this year. But how can you put YG and not XV. Vizzy dropped and good amount of material out got some good co-signs and sign a deal. YG had one pop gum single thats it no blog buzz or anything. I officially dont understand the lil twist pick he done nothing to deserve it. Im not hating but its true search for lil twist on this site i bet you wont even see his name in the results go ahead I’ll wait….. Dom Kennedy had a good year I dont know how he didnt make it either. This list is a joke I think XXL came up with a good idea 4 years ago but lost it in trying to sells mag and make labels happy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/followalo Alexander Ross

    I agree with Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, Lil B (only because of the strength in his movement), Kendrick Lamar, and Diggy Simmons. But where is Nipsey Hussle, Vado, Machine Gun Kelly, or atleast LEP Bogus Boys?

    • bzB

      Nipsey was on there last year. And Duo’s/Groups cant make the list.

  • Omar Montes

    Lil B aint makin no noise…He was better with the Pack, yg toot him n boot him, no lyrics what so ever…lil twist! comon even tyga woulda been a better pick..im disappointed xxl the future dont look too bright for hiphop, if thats ur top freshman..Chip tha ripper shoulda been in this, xv, n vado! if big K.R.I.T. or Kendrick Lamar dont make it big this year hip hop will really be dead.

    • Lil b ain’t make noise?

      Brah fuck you mean lil b ain’t make no noise? Don’t get me wrong I ain’t even really a fan of his and his music does suck. But he made huge amounts of noise he dropped like 6 or 7 mixtapes two albums (one solo one with the pack) signed a deal and has a SHITLOAD of music videos. He may not be the best right now talent wise but he PUT IN WORK!!!

  • I.N.V.

    Uhh………….
    CyHi, K.R.I.T., Yela, Lamar, Jon Conner, Tyga, Chiddy, TiRon, Ab-Soul & Vado

  • bzB

    In my opinion this list is the worst to date. When it comes to Lil B, its evident you guys are really into him, but to say he is the next big thing in hiphop, idk. Second Lil B isnt a freshman considering he acheived fame with The Pack for their 2007 hit “Vans.”

    Next, Lil Twist. He has honestly not proved one reason to be on this list and if anything, Lil Chuckee deserves it more than Twizzle.

    Third, YG. He is no where near a freshmen in hiphop. You guys need to think of the artists of previous years and compare to this year. Yg (Mr. Toot It And Boot It) comes no where close to Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Cory Gunz, B.o.B., Donnis, Big Sean, or even OJ Da Juiceman. The decision of YG is definitely a bad look for XXL.

    Personally, i believe you guys missed out on several big names. For example, Vado, Chip Tha Ripper, XV, Dom Kennedy, Laws, Shawn Chrystopher, and actually since Chiddy Band is 1/2 Rapper 1/2 Producer, Chiddy should have made the list.

    I can’t help but think you should have spent more time with your decisions and kept bias out of this. You have a big say in these artists future and I dont believe you picked the right 10 or 11.

    I must agree that Cyhi, Yelawolf, Mac Miller, Diggy, K.R.I.T. deserve to be on this list.

    Kendrick Lamar has been around a little too long to be on this list i think you guys just missed him like Drake and Nicki.

    And when it comes to Meek Mill & Fred Tha Godson im not familiar with their music enough to comment.

  • MOST*DOPE

    MAC DADDY MILLER. NUFF SAID

  • bzB

    Also to those of you stating Tyga, he has been around way too long to be considered a Freshman, although he is definitely rising to date.

  • Tyrus Seacrest

    Nunya said in a previous post ‘this is like an insult.’

    I’m not a rapper; but I know that hard working artists trying to get shine feel disrespected by putting the likes of lil b on the cover. Angels Exodus (which was spelled wrong at one point) is the worst EP ever made. We seriously thought it was a joke album. People that are fans of Lil B are NOT the core of XXL’s subscriber base. I think artists that are very good and a have a following THEY DIDN’T PAY FOR (Lil B. – Mac Miller – Meek Mil) deserve a top 10 list.

    Now it doesn’t feel like XXL Freshman list is ‘prestigious’ anymore. You let anyone with following or a paycheck get on.

    You hit it on the head with Yela – K.R.I.T. – Diggy – and Kendrick Lamar.

    You fucked up on the rest. You should have put any of these guys…

    XV
    Chip Da Ripper
    R.D. Peoples
    Cooley Sha
    Dom Kennedy
    Shawn Christopher
    Tyler the Creator

    I think some turned it down; I think you ignored some that don’t have management, but tried to hit you up and showcase their talent and/or charisma. Honestly? I think XXL made up more than half of this list just because they couldn’t find anyone that they ‘liked’. However, if you check any of the people I mentioned; they all deserve it.

    People like Meek Mil and Lil Twist don’t fuckin need to be on the list, why? Because no matter what; they’re good to go. They will do countless shows, fuck bitches, make money, be in videos. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN? Them impacting Hip Hop in 2011 in a big positive way. I bet they don’t. I bet the list I put that should impacts Hip Hop in a big positive way in 2011 though.

    You asked for my opinion, there ya go.

    • Martinez505

      @Tyrus Funny ass name. I think R.D. Peoples got snubbed for sure. Yes, I’m from New Mexico so it could seem biased but what he did in 12 months without any help at all (or even a fuckin job), I think he deserves it. He’s talented and works like horse in 17th century.

      @XXL This is the worst Freshman List you have had yet. more than half don’t deserve to be on there. Tyrus said it best about IMPACTING hip hop.

      I heard 1 track from Lil B. and that was enough. I heard one track from BIG KRIT and couldn’t stop listening. That’s the difference. My list:

      BIG KRIT
      Chip Da Ripper
      Laws
      Shawn Christopher
      XV
      Yelawolf
      R.D. Peoples
      Mac Miller
      Kendrick Lamar
      Diggy Simmons
      Tyler the Creator

      And all the ‘TYGA’ nut-hugger give it a rest. He’s not a Freshman at all….he been around; had many hits. #DoYourFuckinHomeworkNoobs

  • Dov Maslow

    WHERES CHRIS WEBBY????????????? HE SHUT DOWN DATPIFF….LIL b!??!?! LIL TWIST!?!?!? ….im ashamed….this year SUCKS

  • william amos

    I agree with Kendrick Lamar and Cyhi tha Prince but the rest of these guys really don’t do it for me. Kendrick Lamar is the hardest MC in the game right now.

  • NikonIcon

    Every year the argument around the Freshmen cover pretty much comes down to this one fact. The people that XXL chooses to put on the cover are obviously NOT the 10/11 most talented artists that are ready to break out in the year to come. They’re the 10/11 most politically poised to do something, that’s really all it comes down to. There’s nothing wrong with this being a political thing, but then don’t sit there and defend these picks like they’re really the 10 most deserving of the spotlight in 2011. Let’s remember there have been Political Freshmen since the very beginning. We all remember Ace Hood & OJ da Juiceman making the cover in years past, and now we have Lil B, Lil Twist & YG who are all most likely going to fall squarely on their faces for the rest of their careers. It is what it is, but it’s not the 10 people that I’ll be paying the most attention to this year.

    My list would have probably looked like:

    KRIT
    Yelawolf
    Kendrick Lamar
    Diggy
    TiRon
    Emilio Rojas
    Chip Da Ripper
    CyHi
    Dom Kennedy
    Esso

  • Jerry B

    I see the cover and its a HUGE disappointment. First it was OJ the Juiceman but now How in the WORLD you leave out GhostWridah and QuESt, who are bothe from Miami. Tyga, who easily out ranks Lil Twist, i MEAN “Well Done” AMAZING. Chip Tha Ripper, Dom Kennedy, and XV who dropped 12 mixtapes with features of some of the best players in this game who respected him enough to do it !!!!! Vado’s spot should of been sealed but he turned it down. Seriously Lil B should not be know where near this. YG had one hit song … Fred the Godson not that impressive, Meek Millz .. not that good and Kendrick Lamar is so-so. Seriously this is some Bull and y’all at XXL seriously ruined my day. I’m cutting off my subscription … cause this was all I had to look forward to ….. and BIGGEST LET DOWN SINCE OJ the Juiceman.

  • YEEE

    1) KENDICK LAMAR 2) MAC MILLER 3) FRED DA GOD SON 4)DIGGY 5) MEEK MILL 6) LOS 7) FRENCH MONTANA 8) BIG KRIT 9) XV 10) YELAWOLF

  • Nunya

    Take a poll XXL….let the people vote who deserved the 11th *or 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th if you ask me* spot. Like I said, there was about 20 others I could think of; and they all have been named as alternate decisions already. #OKBYE

  • fazetwo

    Like I’ve said on all these freshmen 2011 articles…XXL YOU ARE SLIPPIN! You guys put some good people on this. I will say Kendrick and Cyhi deserved this for sure. Maybe even Big K.R.I.T. I will include Mac Miller just because mad people have been vibin him. The rest is garbage though. Yela wolf. Fail. Lil B fail. Lil Twist. Fail. Diggy. Fail. Never really heard YG or Fred. I know xxl likes to include someone many people don’t know about, but come on. I know way more cats that deserved this list.

  • Al

    Chip Da Rip, Vado, XV, and LoS should have been in

  • QthaGreat!

    CyHi, Diggy, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar (maybe) …. other than that I don’t see it. Hell Tyga will blow out of Young money before Lil Twist will. don’t quite understand that one

  • MISTER SWISHER

    I JUST WANNA KNOW HOW MUCH THESE LABELS PAY THE XXL STAFF TO DICK RIDE THESE PISS POOR NIGGAS WHO DONT EVEN HAVE A BUZZ, WHILE EVERYONE JUMPED ON EXHIBIT C AND JAY ELECT GOT SIGNED TO ROC NATION AND THEY STILL LEAVE OFF THE MOST LYRICAL NIGGA TO COME OUT AS OF LATE???? THEY BULLSHITTIN. XXL … SMH IM BOUT TO SWITCH OVER TO VIBE OR THE SOURCE YA’LL FALLING OFF….

  • Chitown_Kooln

    As both a student of hip hop culture and a literal business major in college I understand the politics versus artistry argument that not only magazines such as XXL face but also the labels, the radio stations, even the blogs are faced with that being said I understand the decisions your staff made. XXL is the best hip-hop magazine for a reason no one else takes the time to give “up and coming” artists a platform such as this. Everyone has a personal bias in this department of who they think the hottest new rappers are it’s relative to lifestyle, and authenticity. I picked Diggy, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, and Chyi in my top ten but I was very disappointed to see Vado, Dom Kennedy, Reek Da Vilain, Tity Boi and Tyga not make the cut but there’s always next year.

  • notorious-ajb

    iuno how chip the rip doesn’t make the list but lil twist does .. it seems like more and more wrong choices are being made as the years go by. 2009 was HOT and (in my opinion) the best variety of very good up and coming artists. last year was also sick with the exception of oj da juiceman and now it seems more of those mistakes have been made with people like lil b, lil twist, yg and fred the godson. saw some other good suggestions like chev, chip & xv who woulda been much better choices. maybe i’m just jaded though because you guys took oj over jay elec last year. that was a fucking travesty

  • dstookes

    dnt kno most these dudes but Meek mthfkn Millie!!!..bout time shld been up here since 08 and if u dnt kno who he is youtube!…Kendrick lamar ill too

  • The Kid Maximus

    Definitely don’t think YG should be on the cover. Yes he had a huge single (Which I loved haha) but it’s a good bet he won’t be putting out anything else that’ll catch an audience like he did again. Lil B, though I don’t really listen to dude, definitely deserved to be on it because he’s got a movement going, probably this year’s Wiz. But honestly, I’d have thought about putting Vado on here (Speaking in Tungs was good, plus Cam can get him that national attention), and probably Chevy Woods, dude’s pretty good. But, you wanna put some real artists on, y’all need to think about putting Lecrae or Tedashii on a cover to cause a stir. They may be christian artists, but they’re just as good and definitely better than half the artists you’ll hear on here or the radio.

  • T

    What do I think? I think you’re retarded for including Lil B and Lil Twist.

  • MISTER SWISHER

    IN THIS ORDER:
    1- JAY ELECTRONICA- [VICTORY MIXTAPE WAS SOLID = THE ROC NATION CO-SIGN]
    2- BIG KRIT- [KRIT WUZ HERE EPIC THEY GOT US/ GOOD ENOUGH/ 2000 & BEYOND/ COUNTRY SHIT??? NUFF SAID]
    3- CYHI DAPRYNCE- [GOOD CO-SIGN WAS WELL DESERVED NIGGA BEEN PUTTING OUT QUALITY TAPES: WAT THE DEC'S BEEN MISSIN VOL 1&2 THE THE PRYNCE OF JACKS. DUDE TUFF.]
    4-YELAWOLF- [HAS POTENTIAL & A AWESOME BUZZ HE PUT IN WORK THIS PAST YR, I DONT ROCK WIT HIM BUT I RESPECT HIS GRIND]
    5-XV-[NIGGA BEEN HELLA OVER LOOKED HAS PUT OUT A SLEW OF TAPES AND IS FROM A NEW REGION, DESERVES A LEGIT SPOTLIGHT]
    6-SMOKE DZA-[YOU PUT SPITTA & WIZ ON THERE SMOKE DESERVES HIS SPOT THE NIGGA FLOW MAD NICE AND HES GOT SOLID TAPES TOO GEORGE KUSH THE BUTTON & SUBSTANCE ABUSE]
    7-EMILIO ROJAS-[FLOW IS CRUCIAL, NIGGA'S BARS ARE TOO TUFF AND HE'S GOT A GOOD BODY OF WORK & RISING BUZZ PLUS HE'S BRAZILLIAN, GIVE THE NIGGA HIS SPOT LIGHT]
    8-MAC MILLER-[ROLLS WITH WIZ, CAN HOLD HIS OWN SOLO, AND THE HIGH LIFE WAS AN AWESOME TAPE FROM THE FLOW TO THE BEATS TO THE FEATURES, KIDS WAS A DOPE CONCEPT TAPE AS WELL]
    9-LE$-[A REAL NIGGA WITH REAL RELATEABLE CONTENT, BEATS ARE AWESOME FLOW CHILL THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE WAS SO PLAYA]
    10-KILLA KYLEON-[FLOW CONTENT & LYRICAL PRESENCE JUST RESONATES CLASSIC SOUTH SHIT, PLUS HE GOT DOPE TAPES TOO, KILLS EVERY FEATURE PUT THE LIGHT BACK ON TEXAS]

    TAKE NOTES XXL. WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Rican787

    It’s not a bad list at all

  • Moses

    XV instead of Lil Twist

  • DaFuckXXL?!

    wheres Los at? how about you stop hopping on that bandwagon shit and actually listen to the mixtapes.. zero gravity, g5.2, the louis vuitton gift pack.. no wonder mainstream music sucks cock, ya’ll keeping it away from the masses

  • kidnothing1

    WOW XXL, slept on XV and Dom Kenedy

  • Alex

    im sorry, im not really in tuned with the new rappers so could someone please tell me who that fat boy in the back is and why they didnt put a paper bag over his head during the photoshoot.

  • Luie C.

    This list is weak. I don’t understand how you guys collectively sat around and gave this the green light. Lil B, really? Lil Twist? YG?The list goes on. The only rappers I see worth reading anything about is Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, maybe Mac Miller, and CyHi. Everyone else is a big o_O ? This cover screams record label politics and industry co-signs. smh.

  • http://WWW.KHAOSDARAPPER.COM KHAOS

    WE NEED MORE CHICKS!!! DAMN YALL AINT EVEN HAVE NO ONE TO CHOSE FROM FA THIS YEAR…TISK TISK. 2012…

  • don

    i think that this cover was the worst especially after last year’s colossal cover that basically had everyone who is gonna blow up or already did this cover really and truly was a let down the only respectable rappers on this was yelawolf (who probable should have been on last years cover instaed of ppl like freddy gibbz or pill), big krit, and 1/2 mac miller,1/2 diggy (cuz they dont get fulll respect), i really hope that 2012 wont be as bad

    • don

      i think ppl like vado, xv, chip the rip should have been on the cover…especially vado

  • http://thelisteningnerd.blogspot.com SikNIN7

    I figured out most of this list months ago. Diggy was a given, he dropped two excellent mixtapes, and pretty much got signed based on a freestyle. The argument that Rev Run is his pops is irrelevant because his other son’s music went pretty much unnoticed. Yelawolf, has been around, at least publicly since 05, and he blew up in the last year thanks to Trunk Muzik, and now that he’s with Shady he’s golden. Big K.R.I.T.’s tape was incredible and he’s kind of this years double threat similar to Cole, he’s a solid rapper and producer. Kendrick Lamar is kind of like Fashawn last year, that underground cat of the bunch. Cyhi’s status blew up thanks to the Kanye co-sign/signing, not to mention his tape was dope and he’s a good emcee. Mac Miller, I kind of figured but he’s kinda like this year’s Wiz. Meek Mill, Fred Da Godson, YG, Lil B and Lil Twist…(sigh)… they have to cover all bases and even though I don’t like YG, detest Lil B and have honestly never heard Lil Twist, they’re a necessary evil. Meek Mill and Fred Da Godson have buzz but I don’t know much other than both kind of cover that ganger set. Also, I am disappointed that Emilio Rojas and Laws weren’t featured. I know Vado turned XXL down so can’t hold that one against you.

  • the3

    lil b, yelawolf, diggy lil twist , mac miller, and YG are all straight ass

  • headake

    vado declined the cover … he said he feels it was a year too late he should have been on it last year. same reason nikki and drake declined last year.

    Krit and Mac are dope. Everyone else is either NOT a freshman or is wack.

  • RKB

    ive been reading comments everywhere about this list and Ive yet to see anyone mention Theophilus London…who has the most unique flow and style of anyone on here.

    also missing from your list: XV, Phil Ade and Emilio Rojas

  • Payso

    Lil B and Lil Twist made it and Smoke Dza doesn’t??? Lil B made it based on what? I know it damn sure aint his rhyme ability. Lil Twist made it based on what? Him being a Young Money artist? If its not about Hip -Hop than what is it about? XXL is still a Hip-Hop magazine right? What exactly is the criteria based on to make the cover? Because looking at the names I’m confused to how you put Lil B and Fred The Godson on the same list. That alone lets me know those XXL offices are utterly confused on a few things. No Dom Kennedy either huh??? Damn shame!

    My XXL freshmen cover woulda been Smoke DZA, Rain, Big KRIT, Fred The Godson, Mac mIller, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and French Montana

    Next year I hope yall pick more emerging artists that can actually rap!

  • basedgod

    im happy lil b made the cover, hes gonna blow up, and he deserves it, he brings the entertainment aspect back in hiphop, lil twist? ehh..and every1 else congratss

  • T Streetz

    LOS????!!!!!!

  • Knock

    I’m cool with all of them except YG & Lil’ Twist…. For REAL?!?! LIL’ Twist? You couldve put stalley or Dom Kennedy in for that matter. Hell You couldve put Curt@!n$ or STS. but not lil’ twist.

  • http://youtube.com/Joker2coldtv J Stacksx

    Why is lil b, lil Twist, and meek mill on here, Man tha Joker should of been on here, Tha Joker and Chip tha Ripper

  • T-DOT

    What about MTV Riff Raff…lots of people hate on the dude, but the Twitter numbers are blowing up, so there are a lot of people loving his unique style and flow. Look for him to blow heavy in 2011.

  • Jim Smith

    mac miller truly deserved this spot i expect big things from him
    thumbs up mostdope

  • YOM

    You’ll can pick who you want for these covers.Its not like it carries any weight but isn’t this lil’ B the queer who openly spoke about having relations with Kanye.
    I don’t know anything else about this fool and I’m trying to keep it like that.

    K.R.I.T. is ill though and I fucks with Cyhi too.

  • SoulSmith

    XV, Dom Kennedy, and Laws should have been on here in replace of Lil B, YG, and Lil Twist.

  • http://twitter.com/julioshocks JULIOSHOCKS

    Wow! idk what lil twist is doing on here. Chevy woods shouldve replaced him. Thats the only person i aint diggin on the team.

  • aq92

    like: krit, mac, yela, cyhi

    dislike: lil b, lil twist

    mikey rocks,smoke dza, pac div need to be up

  • Anonymous

    Los shoulda been on this cover as well as XV! yall are sleeping on some possible heavy hitters in the future!

  • K. Wells

    I feel selections like Big K.R.I.T, CyHi Da Prynce, Kendrick Lamar, and Yelawolf are a step in the right direction. They’re consistently solid and have depth behind their lyrics. Lil’ B makes sense as far as his work ethic goes. I feel as though artists like Dom Kennedy, Glasses Malone, Hopsin, Laws, Vado, and XV deserve the spot more than the other’s put on for this year. Diggy Simmons, Lil’ Twist, and Mac Miller would’ve been better to consider in another year or two when they have some more years on them to see how much they could impact the industry.

  • thedoggg987

    no doubt Chris Webby shouldve made the team.

  • http://basementhiphop.blogspot.com/ Colton

    Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, and Lil’ B deserve to be on the list. All three are pretty damn dope, and even though I didn’t know half of those guys, Hopsin deserved to be on the list. If Hopsin ever gets recognized like he should, Hip-Hop could once be good again.

  • dumb list

    instead of dom kennedy, los, and jay electronica. you pick lil b, lil twist, and YG

  • http://thisis50.com/profile/djblacktop DjBlackTop TheSideKick

    BasedGod!!! Luv It Man Alot Of Potential Destine To Be Great Artist It A Bit To Soon For A Couple Of Rapper But Its All Luv; Great Looks Though My Guy Lil B The BasedGod And The Leader Of The New Skool Diggy Sims…. Just Looking Forward To Next Freshman’s Issue Im Hering A lot Of Noise From Great Female Mc’s -Nitty Scoot Mc- -MarzLove Joy- Just To Name A Few But Overall I Luv The Cover And Looking For A Couple More Of My Favorite Independent Artist To Get A Bit Of The Shine So I Can Tell Dem Haters “I Told Yall Niggas”

  • http://www.6arecords.blogspot.com leuris castillo

    I am in dominican republic. I dont know who half those dudes are. I guess my opinion doesnt really matter. Yelawolf is tight though. Would cory guns qualify to be a freshman ?And what about the dude from new orleans electronica ?

  • Cheese Puffs

    Machine Gun Kelly should have been a “shoo-in”…

  • Reea

    ithink it’s awesome that diggy made the freshman cover…he’s an amazing lyricist and his rhymes are CRAZYYYYYYYY….so happy he made it :)

  • J.William

    Where is Los? Mac Miller is garbage, smh

  • Staples

    NO VADO, NO YUNG TEXXUS???…..YALL NIGGAS BUGGIN’ XXL STEP IT UP!

  • KiNGPiN

    XV. Yelawolf. CyHi. Kendrick. Chip tha Ripper. Vado. Lil B. Big KRIT. Diggy. Stevie Stone. Youngblaze.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Diggy for 2012 freshmen rappers.

    Where are…
    Machine Gun Kelly (Cleveland)
    V-Slash (Memphis)
    Roc Marciano (NY) [Lil' B from the Pack is on the list so...]

  • http://www.ThePHRESHHMAN.com Phreshh Phlo

    1. Waka Flocka
    2. Tyga
    3. Yelawolf
    4. Vado
    5. Diggy
    6. French Montana
    7. Mac Miller
    8. Meek Mill
    9. Cyhi Da Prynce
    10. Kendrick Lamar
    11. Big KRIT

    Disagree with 1 & 2 think about Curren$y, Cory Gunz & Wiz Khalifa…. If your smart you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    • http://www.ThePHRESHHMAN.com Phreshh Phlo

      I’m on twitter for further discussion… @1stNamePHRESHH

  • HA!

    All the Odd Future’s group

  • RealnessMonster

    (Not From Best to Least, Just from the rappers I like on this list, and then one’s I would have picked otherwise)

    1. Kendrick Lamar

    2. CyHi Da Prynce

    3. Yelawolf

    4. Mac Miller

    5. Diggy

    Then I would have picked

    6. Jay Electronica

    7. Chip Tha Ripper

    8. Johnny Polygon

    9. Tyler The Creator

    10. QuESt

    11. STS (Sugar Tounge Slim)

    (I would have put on XV but he ain’t a freshman anymore, he’s a vet. You missed your chance XXL.)

    • DomCal

      Gonna put Chip on your list, then say XV is a vet? You’re trippin dude

  • Edgar

    aye, yo comee on Lil B and Lil twistt ?
    meek mill and mac miller prettyy sickk.
    diggy is probablyy the best one up theree.
    cyhi gets downn.
    Butt.. Wheree The fuckk is LOSSS!
    youu slepptt on that niggaa
    hes a beasttt!
    i say fuckk lil b and lil twist and gett losss!

  • Renard Mitchell

    Okay, this has to be the worst list. Jay Electronica deserves to be on here as so do XV & Dom Kennedy. Lil’ Twist isn’t even good. He hasn’t did nothing except his “Class President” mixtape. Lil B may be a bad rapper but he has been getting himself out there. I personally love him as a person. Mac Miller is beyond wack and should of been left over. I was glad to see Kendrick Lamar, but where is BIG SEAN. He has been out for years but he made a lot of noise last year.

  • Phenom

    LOS should have been on it XXL Just made a big mistake…I would be Scared if i were another artist cause He will murder anyone of them He the greatest alive

  • big steele

    this class is ok cy hi da prince earned his spot on so appalled and diggy and big krit i like those but lil twist wtf come on xxl

  • Philly Jawn

    My Freshmen 11 List:

    -Yelawolf
    -Cyhi Da PRince
    -Diggy Simmons
    -Kendrick Lamar
    -Big Krit
    -XV (who got snubbed again!)
    Mac Miller (even though he’s basically the white Khalifa)
    -Lil B (I don’t his music, but he’s got a huge following)
    -Tyga (Instead of Lil Twist, the fuck???)
    -Meek Millz (because im from Philly, don’t really like him much)

  • E Smokey

    lil B WTF really that nigga sucks azz trade his out 4 los and cyhi is the best outta all of them

  • E Smoket

    Cyhi Da Prynce
    Big Sean
    Wale
    Los
    wiz
    Diggy Simmons
    Pusha T
    Vado
    meek millz
    Big Krit
    those are the best upcomin artist right now

  • DomCal

    Good: K.R.I.T, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Cyhi..
    the rest are for real overrated or are just flat out whack. Big mistake on leavin out XV…and you know Oddfuture is about to blow too.

  • R2j

    Meek Mill:
    Decent but he will grow into something now that he’s with Rick Ross and Wale.

    Lil’ B: Don’t know how he’ll pan out.

    Big Krit:
    Oozing with Potiental. Heard some of his lyrics and I’m somewhat impressed.

    Fred The Godson:
    Decent, lose a little weight and he’ll sound better.

    Mac Miller:
    Maybe the next best thing for Pop music.

    Kendrick Lamar:
    Haven’t heard of his music but since he’s from Compton. I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve.

    Yelawolf:
    To come out of Mobile, Alabama and get signed with Eminem just makes me REALLY wonder where music is headed. Other words, not a big fan of his.

    YG:
    Got a funny feeling that Patty Cake is either gonna be a dud or another popular dance craze.

    Lil’ Twist:
    Hasn’t done a lot but I’m sure he might do something besides being a bench warmer to Drake, Wayne, Nikki and the other guy that should be on here. Tyga.

    Cyhi The Prince:
    First Big Sean in the XXL Freshman Class ’10 and now he’s got this guy. Heard him on So appauled Remix and dude is really dope. Look for him to make a lot of noise under Kanye’s label, G.O.O.D. Music. He’s under the radar.

    Which leads me to this. The guy that will make the most impact will be Diggy. Maybe it’s by default because besides Meek Mill and CyHi The Prince. There’s nobody else that can rock the mic like this kid. If you haven’t heard of his freestyles or songs just type his name on youtube and I gurauntee you will be as shocked as I was. Diggy Simmons will keep it going 11′ just like he did in 10′.

  • bug

    haha probably the biggest upset of freshmans.. yg is garbage a 1 hit wonder lil twist is wack yelawolf is far from a freshman diggy is cool but not worthy of a cover wheres french montana wheres erk da jerk hey xxl why dont you get off your asses and go into the hoods and find real spitters not garbage ass entertainers

  • Jay Fly All Day

    besides diggy big krit meek mill and sometimes mac miller if this is the freshman class we got shit to look forward 2

  • CHAMP

    WOW PEOPLE IN THIS COMMENT BOX ARE REALLY IGNORANT SMH IN MY OPINION LAWS [@lawshiphop] Phil Ade [@philade301] Stalley [@stalley] Dom Kennedy [@dopeitsdom] Chip tha Ripper [@chip216] & Chiddy Bang [@chiddybang] all deserved it this year hopefully 1 day i’ll be here…well i know i will so follow me now [@WhoIsChamp]
    DMV WE OUTCHEA Gentlemens Club Inc.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com FlookaMane615

    It should be Big K.R.I.T,Lil Twist, Mac Miller, Meek Mill,, Yelawolf, Chip The Ripper, All $tar, Don Trip, Zed Zilla, Short Dawg, & Gudda Gudda on the cover

  • Paterson NJ

    Where the fuck are the real spitters at ? .. ya got a bunch of cornballs posin up here like they nice n shit .. i fuck wit meek millz but god dam lil twist ? dat nigga super cheeks

  • sam I am

    Meek Mill, Lil B and YG will be the top of the class.
    But where are JaBar(SODMG), Travis Porter, Frenchie and Wooh da Kid (Bricksquad 1017), MGK, Ya Boy, Ty$ ???
    I think these guys will rock 2011!
    (Lil Twist is child’s garbage.. c’mon xxl!)

    • sam I am

      Roscoe Dash should be on the cover too..

  • East Atlanta

    Yelwolf will be just like Cudi, Cole, Wiz, but hopefully he’ll go the Lupe Way.. no one else has a chance at stadium status.

  • devin

    i think curt@ins and focus the truth should have been on the list

  • ies

    Keep it YELA!!!

  • Gwop

    Meek Mill is next to blow up. For so long philly has been trying to avoid pop and dance music because all philly is known for is the streets. Meek is bringing the streets with club bangers which makes him a complete star. If He can stay consistant then noboby will block him. Maybach Musik Bitch

  • jesterdxxl

    Meek Mill (Wack)
    Big K.R.I.T. (Good look)
    CyHi the Prynce (Promising)
    Lil Twist (You gotta be fucking kiddin)
    Yelawolf (Very good look)
    Fred the Godson(No way)
    Mac Miller (Bad look)
    YG (Wrong)
    Lil B (Very bad look)
    Kendrick Lamar (Best on the list)
    Diggy Simmon (Respect)

  • X

    Damn, XV shoulda definitely been there, Lil B, YG, and Meek Mill are trash. Big ups on Cyhi and Kendrick Lamar though

  • eatwakemceez

    all garbage..get on some real ishh.

  • Canada

    Cyhi is by far the best on this freshman class Kendrick Lamar go hard, Diggy coo he needs to get a deeper voice(aka puberty) yelawolf flow is bananas. Lil “stop what ur doin, cause you just fuckin ruined the rythm of the style that we used to”. And i have to say it Freshman are coo but can someone please give credit to Talib Kweli for puttin out a sick album. And on more the wolf gang is the shit.

  • TERRY BARNES CALIFORNIA

    It look like there will be a lot of fun music this summer especially adding LIL B on there, the cover says flavor meaning there is a lot of different flavor’s an style’s. not just people who rap about dope guns an killin we all from the projects an already know about that well at least I am whoever we feel should of made it but didnt it wasnt meant, dont say such an such shouldnt be on there, because they are on there. everbody on there brings that fun element back to rap music& hip hop.

  • Travis

    No ILLUS? Really? Dude had one of the hottest independent released last year. Chuck D called it “one of the best albums of 2010″. Now he is working with Freddie Foxxx, Gift of Gab, Homeboy Sandman, Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, Reef the Lost Cauze, Eternia and more and you guys are still sleeping on him.

    I don’t know how or why you are sleeping on this dude but he is way fresher than those cats on the cover. Wake up!

  • Dreaaa

    First off, madd respect to XXL Mag. I love them. BUT this is bs! I loove Mac, Yela, Diggy & Kendrick. But how could youu guys put lil b, lil twist, & YG? What is that????? Just cus they on big labels doesn’t make them good. & I thought XXL knew that! But I guess not. They just lookin to sell & not about the art of music. DOM KENNEDY was a shoe in. & yet where is he? His mixtape From The Westside With Love went HARD! I’m so disappointed! but what’s done is done & I;ve said my piece! Guess we’ll see till Next year!
    Peace’

  • william

    Chris Webby shoulda of been on the cover. end of story.

    • http://www.xxlmag ncq

      who da fuck is dat? dats y he aint on da list

  • http://www.xxlmag ncq

    Mac Miller & Big K.R.I.T r da best on freshmen list hands down but i think dat YG is so cute. So since he cute he da best on da list and he my favorite

  • 500 Degreez

    where the hell is Tha Joker (from Jackson, MS), dude been doin it big for the last couple years n yall aint shown him no love at all

  • Antek

    Btw.. What the hell is up with Vado???? He definitly should have made the list … but i heard he declined the invitation? anybody heard anything bout that?? …. I know XXl commented on Vado not being there aswell

    One love too Lil b getting some props ;)

  • antgunsL.A

    so what its based on whos gonna shine in 11

  • Dismathis

    really disappointed someone at XXL neglected SMOKE DZA… instead you got other fools that no one has heard of

  • antgunsL.A

    yg straight hood nigga legit 100 just cuz he has one mainstream song you aint gotta hate hes getting known ii went to paramount high school with him he puts it down for compton

  • konrad ziemlewski

    Macklemore> anyone there, shame barely anyone knows him

  • OFWGKTADGAF

    Where the fuck was OFWGKTA? Those cats are taking over by force! Krit is ill, and so is yela, but yela was blowing up HUGE last year, he doesn’t need to be on here. For real though, no love for Tyler, The Creator? What the fuck.

    • FUCK TYLER

      They should have put Earl Sweat Shirt up WASSGOOD

  • Cricke

    I have to agree with a lot of the things that have been said. XV deserves to be on no doubt. Twist and Lil B are both suspect to me, but I understand that Lil B at least has some hype behind him. Love Diggy, K.R.I.T. and CyHi on the list for sure though.

  • http://gmail.com gbulet

    Yall cant be serious hatin on meek mill he has more mix tape views on datpiff then everyone else on the cover

  • http://bossdaddyrecords boss

    yelawolf is the only talent up there.

  • Answer?

    Just to be clear, in this case a freshman is considered any rapper who hasn’t released a Studio album under a Label(Major?), right?

  • Smartest guy you know

    I don’t know how they could leave MGK off this list, and still think this list is serious.

  • bob

    REAL Talk KENDRICK LAMAR WOULD DESTROY ANY OF THESE NIGGAS ON A TRACK. ITS DISGUSTING HOW HE GETS A CO-SIGN FROM DR DRE BUT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE ON THE COVER AND WHO SHOULDNT. KENDRICK’S FLOW IS SENT FROM HEAVEN AND NOONE IS FUCKING WITH IT ON THIS COVER INCLUDING MEEK MILLZ OR YELAWOLF

    • Kirk kelly

      kENDRICK lAMAR IS A LAME.Meek,Yelawolf,Big Krit,Mac Miller,and Big krit.Lyrically all better then him.Heaven sent,WOW bro.Thats a little to far.Fuck the co sighns.Its talent.The cats I named all have it.It should be freshman 5

  • Troy

    That nigga MEEK MILL is crazy with his 4real!!! Ever since I heard that ROSE RED remix feat TI, VADO RICK ROSS Ive been checkin for MEEK MILL. MEEK MILL got 2011 looking and sounding freash so far!!!!

  • Kirk kelly

    Yall fucked this up.Every Freshman issue they were all hot artist.U only have 5 dudes on here that deserve it.Im from Philly so of course I knew he was on as sson as he got linked up with Ross.He deserved it way before.Yelawolf,Big Krit,Cyhi,and My man Mac Miller.How can u put thoses wack niggas on there.Lil B,Yg,Lil Twist,Kendrick Lamar.and whoever else is on there.Ima cop it like ususal,but yall really fucked this freshman issue up.U shoulda had Vado on ther to by the way.Philly!

  • http://FACEBOOK.COM LJ

    MEEK MILLS GO TO FUKKIN HARD

  • BEAMEN CSB HST

    philly in this bitch MEEK TOP OF THEM ALL

  • AP

    diggy simmons, lil twist and whoever that fat prick is..come on now..lets step our game up here XXL. props to mac for gettin’ on the cover..

  • One900romello

    I agree with the above comment VADO!!!! should of been on this years list. I won’t front because some of the freshman artist I have never felt compelled to listen to and I would take any of them off to add vado whether it’s Big KRIT, Lil B, Y G, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar or lil twist. Granted the artist I named I must research the music but VADO!!!! I am feeling heavy. Dude even killed TWo chains (lmao) on that Lo boots track so I agree with most of list but VADO should be on this list.

  • Ddaone

    mane LOS from baltimore nd to b on da cover b hisself…he a fuckin monster betta den all dese niggas and 95% pf da mainstream niggas real tlk

  • http://xxlmag.com tomand jones

    flamerzzzz Meek mill takin the game over rfr ,

  • http://xxlmag.com ock

    imma boss hottest song in 2011 go listens to that

  • Mike

    yelawolf is 30 ya hes good but these r freshman get him off here and put webby he deserves it more than anyone he flows hard and shouldve been on it last year

    • matt

      webbie ant no freshmen

  • matt

    lilb and kendrick got to hold it down for the west

  • Ra D.

    lil twist is horrible

  • VAN

    man Mac Miller is clearly the best on this list!!!

  • keke

    omg i so happy you put YG on there he deserves it….thats my brother i love him so much

    Sister YG

  • http://xxlmag.com money mitch

    I think lil twist should not have been on the cover…I feel they should have put vado in his place b/c twist has a couple songs out w/ bow wow and khalil but his buzz is not as big as vado well mabe among 13 to 17yr olds…dom kennedy should be in place of fred the godson I just heard about him like two weeks ago…but the rest are pretty solid…Im mean mac miller is cool he gives a diff pitt vibe…yelawolf shows a diff side of the dirty south from his perspective and I think thats what sets him apart…kendrick lamar is not your usual west coast cali rapper so he gives a fresh new view of cali life…cyhi da prince is bringing back atl rap w/ more lyrics and good videos not that chip munk rap they have been putting out…diggy really surprised me I see him getting better w/ age and will eventually be the new voice ov new york…lil b is ok (he’s jus a lil weird)…big krit to me is the best artist of all the freshmen from lyrics, concepts,production, delivery heis bringing that old ugk/dung fam rap back to the south were you could not knod your head to it but you got a message out of it as well…dont reallly know to much about the rest so I will reserve judgement untill I hear some of their material

  • truth

    tyga needed to be on this!
    lil b hasnt done shit
    lil twist is just not that good

  • truth

    lil b is a wierdo

  • Louis.S

    WHY IS LIL B A TOP 10 FRESHMEN OVER CHIP DA RIPPER AND XV

  • Matrix412rep

    wheres da bro young sam he’s doper than em all

  • NJSouf

    dddObviously the people complaining simply are not aware of the rappers you put on this list. The only two I don’t really care for are Twist and YG, but the rest of the list is legit. Lil B ran the internet in 2010, he had to be on there. Kendrick Lamar had two of the best releases in recent memory with OD and his EP, plus he been killin every track he been on. Mac Miller dropped two ill mixtapes, is young, and has Wiz on his team. Big KRI KRIT dropped the best album/mixtape of 2010. Fred Da Godson reps NYC, and someone from NYC had to mamake the list. Meek Mill been grinding for YEARS, and got signed to Ross label, thats a good look. Diggy is probably the most pop-friendly on the list, since he was on a popular MTV show. The only problem I have with this list is the absence of Dom Kennedy, either he got snubbed or declined the offer, idk. But overall, I can’t complain about the list considering the criteria based off the past two freshman lists.

  • NJSouf

    Vado declined, thats why he aint on the cover.

  • NJSouf

    Ww these niccas said Jay Electronica lmao…
    dude is nice, but he aint dropped a mixtape/EP since 2007. Dude obviously dont give a fukk about producing music. Plus he like 35, no place on a FRESHMAN list.

  • Chief Rocca

    Dear XXL you owe it to your readers to explain why in the world (saying it nicely) Lil’ Twist is on this list and not XV. I look forward to this issue and usually not one to gripe about who made it or didn’t as long as it makes some kind of sense but I can not see why you would include Lil Twist and snub XV for a 2nd perhaps 3rd time. XV was on most of your readers list as a possible freshman and almost nobody was reppin’ for Twist except Young Money, who probably paid you guys alot of money to put him on this list. Also I know YG had a hit record but there is no reason to think he will be more than a one hit wonder.

  • The-Truth

    I like Kendrick, Big KRIT, Yelawolf, & CyHi, cause they make music I never liked “Mac Miller” but his recent songs been hot plus he put in the work to be on here I’ve heard “FRED THE GODSON” I wasn’t feeling him he a regular new york rapper I’ve heard “YG” he won’t last long I live in philly so I’ve heard “Meek Mill” who is basic if you really listen to his words he don’t say shit “Diggy” ain’t do enough to be on this cover neither did “lil twist” & lil B put in the work to be on here even though he don’t talk about shit either

  • c

    damn wtf is up with the list i know everyone has an opinion but lil b on the freshmen list is a no no

  • D. Moore

    Dont go too hard on me wit the comments! It seems like the list is based on making the most buzz nationally as a young and upcoming artist, mixed with a little politics. I guess you cant really say who should have been on there, or this guy should not have been on there, just make an observation based on their selection. I mean you can argue either way on all of the selectees, and a number of underground guys that did not make the list. It obviously doesnt have any merit on the level of success theyll have in the game, or how good they are as a rapper/MC/artist/etc. It seems like most of them (from a fan of rap/lyricism aspect) are kinda whack! They all seem to have deals, so you know their grind is crazy (except for maybe Diggy), and just from observation of the rap game and the artist that are doing things right now, we know that it is more about grind, popularity, connections, being a follower, etc, etc and not talent! I mean, I’m just starting out my career in the music industry as a manager and an artist producer, and I have had dealings with some big names behind the scenes (attorneys, execs…), and theyll tell you straight up the steps you need to take to get in, and one of them is NOT be extremely talented! Obviously if you were incredibly talented, or made a hot song that gained notoriety, thats a whole-nother story. Lets touch on some of these guys (just my opinion from what Ive heard/know); Meek Mill, girindin on the net for years! He has been putting vids on YouTube since like 04/05, radio love in the “tri-starte” are especially in Philly, on his 2nd deal already, this one being wit Rick Ross. Mac Miller, white rapper, crazy buzz on the YouTube, most of his vids got 1M+ plays, signed to Rostrum like Wiz, same high school as Wiz and real talk, Wiz is really payin the bills over at Rostrum right now so. Diggy, his name says enough! Lil Twist, gimmick rapper, signed to YM, single w/ video out with Bow Wow, did I mention he’s signed wit Wayne? Yelawolf, white rapper, first real rapper to go mainstream to rep Alabama, different style (not hot, but different none the less), signed wit Eminem. Now I havent really heard of the rest of those guys b/c of whatever reason, dont got a buzz where Im from, etc, but they all go their stories and label situations in their own right, so Im not taking nothing from them. I just think the list is more political than anything! The examples that I gave are associated with big names in rap, and that fact has an effect on these types of lists, but with all that aside, they are all on their grind in trying to do this rap thing, and I give them all the credit, really to anyone out there trying to get on! Shout out to those names yal mentioned who didnt make the list! Be on the lookout for Johta Vay too, forget a freshman list, we comin for it all!

  • D. Moore

    Just posted to this board…listened to all of the guys on the list. Here are my top 5 that could be replaced strictly based on the notion that they are just plain horrible, to them not really being a good ARTIST in the full aspect of the word. Here they go:

    1. Fred the Godson – Decent rapper in terms of skill/lyrics, but he is from NY where everybody is!! Voice is annoying; def couldnt listen to him for a whole album. As an artist, no good; kinda looks like Bizzare, but uglier, and I dont judge dudes, but his artistry will be based on that partly and females not diggin him is gonna hurt his fanbase, and not being able to have that commercial appeal gonna dead him mainstream.
    2. Kendrick Lamar – No way could I listen to this guy for an album! Credit for trying to do this and be different from wesdt coast rappers, but to me, it sounds like he’s trying too hard to be hard. His flow sounds forced, and all the best rappers, flowing sounds/looks easy to them, and thats just not the case here.
    3. YG – Sounds like Soulja Boy and thats not hot at all. Could be a good gimmick for a year or two, but wont be relevant pass that. I dotn think he could sustain a entire album, let alone being able to listen to him for one. Lyrics are whack, but not the worst on the list though.
    4. Lil B – Just plain horrible! Worst rapper on this list by far! I feal sorry for these other MCs you guys mentioned that didnt make the list b/c this guy did. To say anymore than that would be waisting my time more than I already am.
    5. Lil Twist – Not too many bad things to say other than he’s a gimmick rapper, too young to really be taken serious. Kinda like a pre-puberty Roscoe Dash, but like I said before, is down with Weezie, and dont know if it took more than a call from him, but I would think a promise for a feature article, or a cover or something down the line would win that spot for Twist.

  • Rap fanatic

    I feel like you coulda put way better people on here. Id say like 7 of these guys deserve to be on here, but ppl like Lil B DEFINETELY dont. Mac, yela, lil twist, diggy, YG, big krit and maybe one or two others, but some of these kids straight suck

  • mmmm

    No Machine Gun Kelly MGK!!!!

  • newmoneylilfatal601

    Lil B Gay as shit along wit solja boy gay ass where is tha joker yall holdin out on da sip dese niggaz sked check out gmg aint a thang we way betta than lil b or new money throw it on u tube mississippi bitch!!!!!1

  • chris

    Section80 Hiiipower. than man in the middle KENDRICK LAMAR is the shit. his at the top of this freshmen list.