How You Like Me: 2010 Freshman Recap

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    How You Like Me: 2010 Freshman Recap
    After some delays, freshman mania resumed in 2010 when <em>XXL</em> released its third class. The bunch featured J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Freddie Gibbs, Fashawn, Donnis, Pill, OJ Da Juiceman, Nipsey Hussle and Jay Rock. <em>XXL</em> looks back at the 10 for '10 freshmen to see what they've been up to.—<em>Carl Chery</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/cchery">@cchery</a>)
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    Wiz Khalifa
    Wiz’s debut, <em>Rolling Papers</em>, was certified gold and its lead single, “Black and Yellow” was nominated for two Grammys.His highly anticipated sophomore album, <em>O.N.I.F.C.</em> is due out this year.
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    J. Cole
    Young Simba’s long delayed debut, <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em>, debuted at No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> 200 chart and has since gone gold. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.
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    Big Sean
    Sean’s <em>Finally Famous</em> debuted at No. 3 on the <em>Billboard</em> 200 chart and spawned three smash hits. The Detroit spitter is set to appear on the G.O.O.D. Music compilation next.
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    Nipsey Hussle
    Nip’s been making moves as of late. He recently released <em>The Marathon Continues</em> mixtape and announced a business partnership with DJ Skee. He’s rumored to soon join Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group.
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    OJ Da Juiceman
    OJ hasn’t exactly been missing in action, but the three mixtapes he released in the past year have gone unnoticed. His sophomore LP, <em>The Otis Williams Jr. Story</em>, is still in limbo.
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    Jay Rock
    JR trekked with Tech N9ne on his All 6’s & 7’s Tour and finally released his <em>Follow Me Home</em> debut on Strange Music. The album peaked at No. 14 on the Independent album chart.
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    Freddie Gibbs
    Gibbs inked a deal with Young Jeezy’s Corporate Thugz Entertainment, but his debut, <em>Baby-Faced Killa</em>, has yet to hit stores. He’s been holding his fans down with collaborative EPs with Statik Selektah and Madlib.
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    Fashawn
    Fash has expectedly emerged as one of the underground’s more reliable talents. He released <em>Higher Learning, Vol. 2</em> in early ’11 and appeared on projects by 9th Wonder, Evidence and Alchemist’s Gangrene.
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    Donnis
    Donnis hit the road with Travie McCoy and Pete Wentz on the Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour, but his <em>Fashionably Late</em> LP never got a release date.
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    Pill
    Pill's yet to recapture the buzz of 2009’s <em>The Prescription</em>. He joined Rick Ross's MMG and appeared on the crew’s <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em>, but the alliance was short-lived. He’s no longer on Warner Bros.
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    J. Cole is missing on photo 1 of 11.

  • dAshawn Jackson

    XXL SHOULD DO A COVER ON WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO MIKE JONES….PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW HE ROSE TO FAME AND DID A PICABOO AND THEN LEFT AND DISAPPEARED!!!

    • 6661irrelevant

      Mike Jones got screwed over by Swisha House. Because he openly dissed them while he was still under contract with them. Thats why American Dream was derailed. It later became The Voice album. But what made Mike Jones disappear was the fact that he got KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT by Trae The Truth at some award show. You can youtube that. I guess it fucked with his pride. And the last I heard & saw was that he was as skinny as Wiz Khalifa now & dont rock grillz no more. Again because his beef with Swisha House. Paul Wall still signed with them. Plus he got his Ice Age chain robbed too. Oh Well. I’m from Texas. He was one of my favorite rappers from the H. But right now who is REALLY put it down for Houston is Lil C The Get Money Pro & J-Dawg from Stomp Down Soldiers.