XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the cover reveal of the XXL Freshman Class 2013.

Programming note before we get to the cover: Over the next few days and weeks, we’ll be releasing exclusive content only on XXL including the freestyles, cyphers and behind-the scenes videos. Freestyles kick off on April 8th. You’ll definitely want to see them.

We’ll also be answering questions like why is Chief Keef the “11th Freshman?”

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  • Ghosty

    You forgot Riff Raff though…


      Son RiFF RAFF has been around forever

      • Fuxwidit

        Yeah but he has came WAY UP this past year

    • http://twitter.com/ThomasAngell1 Lil Goat

      hahaha riff raff???? u kiddin righ?

    • Jacob Brock

      They didn’t forget Riff…. They couldn’t see him because he blinded them with his ice

  • mistahwilson

    no macklemore?

    • TGK

      Macklemore was on last year’s list.

  • http://twitter.com/champagneghost ġhostdirtyb.

    Fuck no, lets not pretend that Riff Raff aint the worst rapper of all time, fuck that nigga. Also, Nino Bless should be on next year’s Freshman List. peep the “R.O.A.M. 2: The Greater Fool” mixtape.

  • Angry Jag Fan


  • http://twitter.com/nickswoe FreeSTREETZ


    • http://www.facebook.com/derrick.d.cook Derrick D-Rok Cook

      They needa be replaced by Los & Lola Monroe, real shit. smh

      • http://twitter.com/xG27Radiox Luther

        Damn straight

        • lol

          los is also whatever tho lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamescampbell1234 James Campbell-Laing

        hahahahahaha lola monroe hahahaha what a fucking joke

    • http://www.facebook.com/guityboston Edwin Guity

      its more about impact than talent

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamescampbell1234 James Campbell-Laing

      r u shitting me. u know the amount of traction keef got off youtube and how many fans he got?

  • http://twitter.com/4080_Rule TRAP GODS

    XXL freshmen class is irrelevant this shit dont work so its better if they are not on the list

    • JD Crance

      ASAP turned them down…you sure know your knowledge dude.

  • JCranny

    Flatbush zombies???

    • JD Crance

      no even nominated. good try though, Brenden.

    • JD Crance

      not even nominated. good try though.

  • http://twitter.com/diamond_rattler Diamond Rattler

    Rittz, Tito Lopez, XV, Chris Webby. I don’t know why Chief Keef or Trinidad James is on this list. Dudes are terrible.

    • fewfgw

      Chris Webby? Get the fuck outta here. Keef and James shouldn’t be on there and I agree with Rittz

    • sean

      It’s about money bro people behind them had bigger pockets you don’t really think it’s about talent do you? It’s the music business !

      • sean seems gay?

        “all about money” lol smh your an idiot

        • http://twitter.com/J_Ray__ BANDMAN

          love of money is evil, son. learn it. then come back with something smart to say.

          • dont matter

            but no one ever makes it cause they want the money, they all started making music because it was something they enjoyed doing, so yeah its about the money, but how they got it is what theyre measuring.hows that for a answer asshole

    • Joe Gabriel

      go listen to Dont Be S.A.F.E.
      Trinidad is actually better than you think. Youre probably just saying that cuz of all gold everything track…but the track is probably his worst song on his mixtape. just listen to his mixtape, trust

      • Savage Prince

        That shit was trash. All gold everything was the only song that I could listen to over and over again and that’s just because of the beat.

    • Savage Prince

      XV definitely needs to be on this. I know hes not that popular but he can hang with anybody on this list except for Ab-Soul and maybe Bada$$.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D5L7LCFTB7MFO4W3VCHKRZPLJA Mr. Big

    Kirko bangz for sure….. relevant and talented more than anyone else on the list

    • RJ Recordz

      Kirko sucks

  • http://quharrison.com/ QuHarrison Terry

    This list is wack, like I would give it to Kirko & Badass and 3 others but otherwise someone didn’t go to the right orientation.

  • joe


    • amar

      im in your boat

  • http://twitter.com/diamond_rattler Diamond Rattler

    Also, great way to introduce the masses to what you perceive to be good music. You’re a national magazine XXL! People are gonna pick this up and go searching for Keef and Trinidad James and be on that, “What the hell were these guys talkin’ about?!” Give the cover to people that actually have a story! Something with substance. A message. This is supposed to be a list of unknown, upcoming emcees. And above all, good music!

    • FIN

      What are you talking about? everybody on the list has a story. All of them have been grinding to be put up there. Not everyone wants to hear some once upon time ish. The best way to describe this list, is a group of up and coming emcees that are making waves in the rap game this past year and you cant deny everyone on this list did just that. Story or no story

  • CloudNIne

    I think the list is about right when it comes to not only just the artist’s work, but their budding exposure and fan base, their marketability, and their uniqueness. Also keep in mind artists can decline to be on XXL cover and a few have in the past.

  • Cameron12152

    They need to take off Trinidad james and Chief Keef

  • John7532

    This List is fine honestly. Just switch Los for Logic… but you really dont have to do that. Know complaints my way. This list is waaaaaaaay better than last years.

    • JD Crance

      switch out Los with Logic? i agree Los should have been there, so should Tito and Chance, but to take out Logic for him? thats a terrible idea. Los for Trinidad, scott or kirko makes more sense.

      • John7532

        yeah you knew what I meant. the list is fine with me man, no complaints. the only problem I see is kirko bangs because he been out, that could have been los spot.

        • JD Crance

          im right there with you bro. im really angry that trinidad made it and that chief keef even got mentioned. theyre destroying hiphop. los, chance, chris webby, and tito all deserved a spot.

          • John7532

            I mean I’m fine with Chief Keef and Trinidad James on the list. They are hot and putting out bangers as in clubs and etc. That side of hip hop has to get love. not just the lyricist.

          • FIN

            Thats it! Its not always about the lyrics, its also about the exposure and the waves theyve been making in the game lately. There is always going to be questionable calls regarding the line up, but it is what it is

          • Guest

            okay travis scott is dope. listen to scott la flame

          • John7532

            uhhh I already know how nice he is.

      • Lxrd_Frvnk_White

        Love this list yo !!! the homie Travis “La Flame” $cott on there hell yeah… #B33NTRILL

    • Cooon1

      How you gonna take out klogic, thats rediculous , the dude got flow.

      • John7532

        I never heard of him. Is he really dope, I wanna see what he is about.

        • BobbySoxer

          download his mixtapes from DatPiff, especially Young Sinatra & Undeniable. Straight fire.

          • John7532

            damn I have heard him it just been a minute I listened to young sinatra.

  • Jack WIll

    this is the worst line-up

    • Carter

      Then you don’t listen to Logic or Kirko

      • T

        nigga i know you just didnt say kirko? disconnect your internet

  • Wadizzle

    can’t see the cover photo… shit wont load. which is a god damn shame… but for the most part I’m happy with this list

    It’s certainly better than I thought it was going to be

  • rg

    as many of these people are mad about chief keef and trinidad, understand that this list is better than most of them. please keep that a majority of these artists are independent, lyrical, and/or concious rappers. please understand that this lineup is 20x better than last years considering the only good artists last year were macklemore, and hopsin.

    • RJ King

      Danny Brown and Don Trip and ill and they were on last year

    • Fuck Kel -__-

      Macklemore is whack tho

  • El Rey

    Chief Keef and Trinidad James are wack as fuck bruh

    • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.a.johnson.1 Xavier Antwan Christian Johnso

      their wack but relevant

  • http://twitter.com/BEATZONLOCK Ravage

    nigga cheef should be on there stuntin,lol dats fucked up

  • dwoD

    No Iamsu! lol. Hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/OfficialB_Mac Brandon Macken

    Why the FUCK did Trinidad James make the cover !?!?! He has ONE WEAK ASS hit song and he makes the fuckin cover !?!?! What about Chris Webby and my dude from my hometown IAMSU !!!

    • Correction

      *one weak ass HIT

  • B.Horowitz


  • Clark

    jesus fucking christ… not EVERYbody has to be lyrical or extremely skilled to be on this list, we need artist to turn up to and listen to for fun and artist to provoke thought… they BOTH can coexist so stop ‘switching’ people and just be happy considering some of you will never be on the list.

    • http://twitter.com/still_dre_day kadir

      ill never be a heart surgeon, yet i cant criticize him for fucking up a heart surgery?

      • Clark

        oh don’t be an idiot. music is music and if you don’t like one person just know someone else likes them.. no one wants to listen to just thought provoking music 24/7 365 so they might want to listen to party music or for fun turn up music sometimes just like no one wants to listen to party music or for fun turn up music 24/7 365 and want to listen to thought provoking music. Hip hop is like a habitat, in order for it to function well you need everything to be in coexistence no matter how bad you think it is.

        • http://twitter.com/SeRiSoNy Dennis Christopher

          What’s even better is that you don’t have to listen or click on anything you don’t like.

        • Cocaine Howie

          Artists used to have lyrics in party music. Get the fuck outta here with that “hype music” bullshit argument. Stop making excuses for talentless assholes who find a good beat and take a shit on it for quick soul-selling record deals. Our standards for music really has deteriorated

          • Guest

            get the fuck out of here questioning my music tastes, I fucking study music to know that you have to appreciate things even if you don’t like the shit, its all there for a reason you fucking idiot. and you aren’t shit and while you spend your life hating on people you are going no where… and ‘used to’? what are you one of those fucking old heads? don’t listen to shit if you don’t like it, don’t fucking click it. how the fuck old are you fucking 50? with that ‘used to’ bull shit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ba.simpson.9 Ba Simpson


  • http://www.facebook.com/tynice.robinson Tynice Robinson

    yes kirko bangz is in the 2013 freshman class

  • Airlogic23

    Dude Hell Yeah Logic is on it! The most deserving!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mathew.D.Wellington Mathew Wellington

      stfu. no. weak ass logic. someone should take away our internet priveledges

      • Kalau Seguancia

        you stfu, for logic to be where he is now considering he dont make music that goes “imma kill someone, imma do drugs, im the shit” is impressive, sure he has a little cocky songs but who doesnt, atleast when he brags hes talking simple facts instead of stupid actions. so mr mathew WELLINGTON, why dont you close this screen after reading and stop acting like you know what everyones about…cause you dont…..(:

  • http://twitter.com/BiFocalsMusic Jared Graham

    NO EARL?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cambells.guy Tristen Elejorde

      Your Odd Future fags shouldn’t even be called rappers, so they shouldn’t be on XXL

      • MC Carmichael

        Yeah, cause Chief Keef is such a “real” rapper. Shut the fuck up.

        • Truth

          Chief Keef is clown but he’s tupac compared to Odd Future.

          • youreafuckingidiot

            I guess Earl’s such a terrible rapper. You’re a fucking idiot, please break all of your rap albums.

          • LyricalPrisms

            That’s a joke. Earl’s lyricism is unmatched, while Chief Keef barely scratches the surface of mainstream garbage. Earl’s verses are pretty high-brow though, I bet you’re just embarrassed that you have no idea what he’s saying. Don’t feel bad man, keep listening to your Chief Keef if that’s all you can handle!

          • Alight23

            lol thats why you hear alot more chief keef on various mixtapes then OF ?

          • TX

            It’s just mainstream appeal. Chief Keef is just an overhyped 17 year old boy that thinks he’s hard. Go listen to “Rusty” by OF and come back and tell me they can’t rap. Most people don’t even have the mind capacity to comprehend what they’re saying.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000624491575 Chris Irwin


          • Philip J. Fry


          • chiefgreen42

            domo genisis or at least i think thats right one. if i got the right one he dope then all them. even earl(not that good he just says shit that sounds similar but not even coherent

          • http://www.facebook.com/Ajsaint92 Ashton Jones

            Whoa!!! NEVER!! Chief Keef is fucking T.I. compared to Odd Future. Never disrespect tupac’s name which bullshit!!!

      • AudioSuede

        “Chum” could be the best song by anyone in Odd Future not named Frank.

      • radikraze

        I bet the only Odd Future song you’ve heard is Yonkers. Fuck outta here.

      • CriticaLyricism

        what about domo genesis he is a fag too ?.. you need to stop listen young money and shits like that

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/ASAPAutumn Autumn Nigavelli


      • http://twitter.com/Progrest Progrest Yourself

        Earl is one of the most talented lyricists in the game. “Chum” says it all….you’re just slow

      • Reeve


      • UUhatley

        AT LEAST PEOPLE HAVE FUCKING HEARD OF EARL SWEATSHIRT! Fucking XXL just told Trinidad to round up a bunch of flyweights and thery slapped Chief Keef on he front to add a little extra “trashy.” 2012 kills this class.

    • yoooo

      i mean, compared to other rappers of odd future, earl’s not bad. i was really surprised when he came out with “chum”.

    • krocidil

      he didnt make it get off his dick

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Milton-Arline/100001053788933 Milton Arline

    Get rid of Kirko Bangz, Keef and Trinidad James, and you’ve got a good list here.

  • http://twitter.com/DYNOMITETONY DYNOMITE TONY


  • http://twitter.com/DYNOMITETONY DYNOMITE TONY


  • mm2

    3 of those guys have the $$ sign in their name…

    • curren$y

      The just need vinny cha$e…

  • Hassle

    Logic is one of the hardest working up coming artists i’ve seen.

    • Marcus

      one of the best to ever do it that aint done it yet logic is my guy will be up there with kendrick in the next year or two

      • hold your horses Marcus…

        Logics dope but idk enough of him to judge… The only ones on this level that I think could reach Kendricks level in 1 or 2 more years is Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright, and Joey Badass

        • http://twitter.com/Progrest Progrest Yourself

          Dizzy wright up there with Kendrick?!?! Dude is dope, but really? Kendrick is one of the best lyricists of our day

      • AirLogic23

        Dude he will be higher than kendrick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NiqueKenobi Dominique Obi Wan Smith

    Damn Bronson , Ab-Soul, Q , & Bada$$
    shit just got real lol

  • $tupid A$$hole

    It’s not hip-hop unless you replace all your S’s with “$”

  • http://twitter.com/still_dre_day kadir

    schoolboy q, absoul, and angel haze…only good rappers i see

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruno.villarreal.12 Bruno Villarreal

    they should off put self provoked or phora lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/lewis.gilfillan Lewis Cmw Gilly

    what as hip hop come to

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrell.peyton.7 Terrell Peyton

    Why didn’t Earl and Webby replace trinidad and travis. Other than dat happy wit dis list way better than last years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.theisen.7 Chris Theisen

    this cover is bullshit besides dizzy, webby got done dirty…xxl you suck!

    • Alex

      Yikes. Dizzy is the 6th best on here. @facebook-100000470207991:disqus

  • The Brain

    Solid Line up in my opinion, I’m feeling more than half the list so that’s unusual for a XXL freshman class. Not bad this year

  • diesel

    a couple ppl on this list are ard,but nobody’s spectacular, so hip-hop needs new life…its very ez 2c

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrell.peyton.7 Terrell Peyton

    I jus wanted joey and keef 2 make it.
    But i fuck wit Q, Soul, Bronson, & angel haze.
    I like Logic and Dizzy but whoever’s left is wack 2 me.

  • KingDeBreaux

    They spelled worst wrong besides Joey n Mack

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000322536437 Kofi MrSpacely Pankey

    I just feel A$AP F3rg should have been there but it’s all good. I’m just glad Dizzy made it, FUNK VOLUME 2 YEARS IN A ROW! NEXT YEAR JARREN BENTON!

    • Cocaine Howie

      Damn Fergie would’ve been a good on here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zach.farkas.12 Zach Farkas

    kirko bangz? LMAO kirko? kirko fucking bangz? LOL this has go to be a prank hhahahahahhaha kircko bangz lmao fuck me

  • BlackHippyBitch

    Happy for ScHoolboy Q, Ab Soul and everyone else but Angel Haze has no place there yo. real shit.

  • Chaz Morgan


  • Ba

    Every Year yall do Los filthy and he is better than all of them, why? jus tell me….i dont even want him to be a freshman no more lol yall dont deserve him

  • Driesus

    Where is Rockie Fresh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nii.martey Nii Martey


  • http://www.facebook.com/evanda.junya Evanda Junya

    Why the fux Rockie Fresh not on here bruh

  • Andrew P

    what level hiphop is xll talking about… i think some body smoking crack

  • half liter

    I knew Trinidad would be on list because past years there were Future or Lil Twist…
    Good that voting was won by Wright. I’m not the fan of him but It’s good that FV that is not as famous label as others can develop.

  • Mixjagger

    Who’s that fake ass rick james loookin dude hahahahahahahah !!! fuck outta here

  • GONZ


  • http://bolddebauchery.tumblr.com/ Amaterasu

    Bronson ain’t no rookie. He has albums under his belt. xxl got no credibility.

  • Jamal Runnings

    Ya couldn’t photoshop my nigga sosa into this ? whats up with that lame ass lil faceshot ya put of him, come on lol

  • Zackauz

    and where’s Earl.

  • yksobmed

    My vote’s for the puppy in the video for All Gold Everything

  • http://twitter.com/iCodyMontana codyjackson

    i cant believe nobody mentioned ab soul. next to kendrick hes the next best lyrically right now. people who dont agree havent listened to long term, long term 2, or control system. hes a genius. and obviously their gonna put kirko and trinidad i dont like them either but what they lack in lyrics they make up in individuality.

    • Marcus

      ab soul is good, not kendrick good though

      • Joe Gabriel

        to be honest, he’s lyrically deeper than k.dot

      • MikeC

        Take out flow and adlibs, Soulo is much better lyrically than Kendrick. If you don’t believe that you honestly just don’t know wtf the nigga is talkin about.

    • dizzywright niqqa

      Everyones forgetting about DIzzy Wright, hes as lyrical as them both, hell be big by next year!

      • illmaticbridge

        i got love for dizzy but nope, not even close

    • John7532

      Ab Soul is lyrically talented and possibly better than Kendrick Lamar, but Kendrick Lamar is a better overall mc and makes better tracks then Soul. Both of them are nice though.

  • Ross-Ayree

    the fact that Action and Bada$$ made gives me a satisfying feeling

  • iyizzyjeff

    fvck chief keef…tssss… d pryde is in the list for sure

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmoneydj D-money D-red Johnson

    this shit sucks.where is young scooter?

    • http://twitter.com/Eric_Dequone Eric Davis

      young scooter aint a freshman

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmoneydj D-money D-red Johnson

    chief keef shouldnt even be on there

  • http://twitter.com/Eric_Dequone Eric Davis

    Dizzy Wright hell yeah

  • Posse+


  • http://twitter.com/Eric_Dequone Eric Davis

    i thought kirko bangz was an r&b singer

  • JustOneGuy

    If you say Trinidad James dont deserve this then you obviously just judged him off of his hit single and didnt download the dude mixtape Dont Be SAFE he’s really pretty decent dont believe me youtube search his song GivinNo Fucks then come back

  • JustOneGuy

    Other than that people chill this list is really good comparing to last year’s list TBH I really surprised they got most of the people they got, the reason why Keef is on the list because whether you like his music or not he put his work in to make sure you heard it.

  • Jonathan Nwosu

    I dont think any really hip hop fans work for XXL this is the third year in a row were they have made screw ups to the cover. They dont listen to the people or the buzz behind certain rappers have on the internet. Only three people from last years cover actually did something (French Montana, MGK, and Macklemore) so I wonder who it is going to be this year.

    • CRock

      Won’t be James.

  • hiphophead

    wheres YONAS? his lyrics have more depth then half these cats

    • teca2


    • FamOverEverything93

      But the problem is his sound. He is spittin, but his hooks and production sounds so fuckin pop, like something pitbull or flo rida would make

  • Riff Raff

    Riff Raff

  • fourtwen

    Why even bother with Chief Keef for the 11th WTF? WHERE THE FUCK IS EARL?? And FUCK RIFF RAFF

  • lbj

    wheres fergenstine? (aka asap ferg)

    • lja1797


    • nah

      In the garbage where he belong


    where the f is spaceghostpurrp

    • Mamba

      Not on here which is where he needs to stay

  • CJDaFlyGuy

    This list is SOLID!!! I don’t know much about Logic and Action Bronson…but I am going to research them now! I’m glad that boy Dizzy Wright made it though!! Salute to the whole 2013 class. Hopefully I’m fortunate to be on here one day.

    • lja1797

      Yo Logic is the best of all the eleven check out his two best mixtapes on datpiff Young Sinatra nd Young sinatra;Undeniable you will be blown away by dudes skill

      • Max

        “young, broke and infamous” too

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.peacock.5872 Greg Peacock

    Probably best class yet, even with keef + trinidad, they gunna look silly in the cypher

  • http://twitter.com/OfficialTJC eYO! TJC

    Kirko bangz should be replaced with earl, Angel Haze should be replaced with Lola Monroe. Logic should be replaced with A$AP Ferg

    • Beezy

      Listen to Logic’s mixtapes and retract that statement. If anything, T. James needs to go.

  • killa chrome

    where im at follow me on twitter and facebook killa chrome da king of da streets 2013 my year

  • UK

    The only good rapper on there is Action Bronson let’s be honest

    • lja1797

      Logic is better than Action Bronson hands dowm

    • damn.

      LMAO. I love Bronson he’s great, but Joey and Soulo got him beat easy. You can argue Logic is better, but even if not he is incredible. Travis is pretty tight too. Cna’t believeyou just said that @a25227b905ee0bd8d0d16d4b5eeed75f:disqus

  • zabson


  • lja1797

    So what because Tech N9nes label is independent and they don tplay the indusrty games and yall now the industry wont see $ from Rittzs albumm he didnt make it this is a joke trinidad james and chief queef made it but Rittz didnt thats so wack dude is better than anyone on here the only one who really deserved the cover was logic

  • KST

    No Young Scooter?? This list is garbage

  • Jay

    XXL, you guys need to show XV some love. That man has been on his grind for years, stop bullshitting that man.

    • teca2

      THANK YOUU!!

  • http://twitter.com/SirOctO Omari


  • http://www.facebook.com/jimdabomb James White

    Dizzy Wright and half those others shouldn’t even be in the same sentence as Action Bronson. In fact the only two that belong are Bronson and Joey Bada$$, the rest are jokes.

  • matt c

    Casey Veggies Earl Domo Genesis should replace Haze, Travi$,Kirko

  • Preston

    No Chris Webby? that’s probably because they don’t have time to listen to him freestyle for 10 minutes

  • CallmeChillWIll

    i just cant wait till they release the freestyles and see the whack ass shit trinidad and cheef say

  • Grindahandz

    This one is straight…

  • http://twitter.com/smokeyybarz Deva$hia Champion


  • ZaxFee

    Logic I the best here!

  • Julian

    There are only 10 or 11 spots a year. Not everybody can make it. The people up there deserve it in one way or another, whether you agree with it or not. If everybody you wanted up there was up there, there would be no diversity. And some of the rappers that people say should be up there haven’t done shit compared to who made the cover. Yeah I like underground music too, but that doesn’t mean I can’t respect a rapper’s grind, or that anyone I like more in my opinion deserves a spot and people I don’t like don’t deserve one.

  • Donnie

    I feel like Logic is going to be the Macklemore of this group and surprise everybody.

    • BobbySoxerFromTheBay

      Macklemore is no where near Logic’s level. Comparing them is almost disrespectful lol

  • clifton forge

    earl and chance…fuck the rest

  • http://twitter.com/Feltnerstein HOLOGRAM PANDA


  • ebrain

    annddd no domo, wtf xxl

  • JimmyDee


  • Toker Jetson

    Where the fuck is Rockie Fresh

  • Alex209

    They should replace Travis Scott and Kirko bangs with Rockie Fresh and XV

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076379389 Kristian Kennedy

    Rittz should have been on this

  • http://www.facebook.com/owen.plamann Owen Plamann

    Trinidad James and Chief Keef ruin it, but every single artist I predicted except for Rittz got on here: Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson

  • TheStranga

    you put FAGS up there like Kirko Bangz and you leave out RAW dudes like RITTZ? lol what a joke.. You should be ashamed

  • grende

    Bronson, tho.

  • http://twitter.com/Inksmith904 Stooge

    No offense Rittz deserved to be on this list. He is a beast and is still a Freshman. The people SLEEPING on him!!!

  • Dez

    Good job XXL. I hate Chief Keef, but he did have a crazy year last year.

  • JakeCroaker

    Travi$ Scott and Joey Bada$$ the best on this list. But everyone is nice

  • enrica

    Dollar signs in your name – sooo pre recession

  • Fuxwidit

    I am so glad that Chris Webby didn’t make it, Chief KEEF Fuckoutahere, Trinidad James Fuckoutahere. RAP GAME JAMES FRANCO aka RiFF RaFF should definitely be blessing this cover though. But other than that this list is pretty solid

  • LaVerdas

    Only 4 good emcees on there: Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, Joey Bada$$
    The rest are Hot Garbage!

    • yup

      Apparently, you have yet to fully listen to Logic. And Travis is alright. everyone else is wack though

  • http://twitter.com/DAAARKNESSS93 MarkieBoi┌П┐(◣_◢)┌П┐

    really? action bronson. Rittz lost to him and king los aint on here, y’all really don’t know who’s making an impact in the rap game

  • FamOverEverything93

    Might just be the best yet, but kirko bangz needs to switch with earl sweatshirt! And people bitching about T. James and Chief keef…yeah, they aren’t talented rappers but both of these artist had huge success and and impact on the rap game last year. “i Dont like” and “All gold everything” was one of the biggest songs in hip hop last year.

  • NBexx

    ScHoolboy, Ab-Soul & Joey killin’ it.

  • http://twitter.com/DAAARKNESSS93 MarkieBoi┌П┐(◣_◢)┌П┐

    XXL really needs to go kill themselves for putting joey badass on along with action bronson. Rittz and King Los deserve their spots

  • http://twitter.com/raleighlynn Lynn Norton

    are these rappers only? #grandmawantstoknow

  • The god

    they had one job all they had to do was put OF, ProEra, A$AP MOB, and TDE it should have been a group freshman class

  • http://twitter.com/TweetsbyStof Kyle Stoflet

    You all just gave RITTZ the biggest slap in the face.

  • The god

    All they had to do was make this years freshman class full of groups. It should have been: A$AP MOB, PRO ERA, Flatbush Zombies, TDE, OF, and THE UnderAchievers. You Had One Job…

  • The god

    All they had to do was make this years freshman class full of groups. It should have been: A$AP MOB, PRO ERA, Flatbush Zombies, TDE, OF, and THE UnderAchievers. You Had One Job…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lottjesse Jesse Lott

    who the hell are these people? i’ve only heard of kirko and trinidad and chief keef. where’s Rittz?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vandujar1 Vick Andujar

    JUSTICE.. only person that deserves to be there is Dizzy Wright he’s hands down the best and only ‘MC’ they have .. bar for bar the best one there!!!

  • Wav

    All I see is signs, all I see is dollar signs…

  • http://www.facebook.com/torey.rubin Torey Rubin

    NO RITTZ?! This list is as whack as putting a ‘$’ in your name.

  • Guest

    Why Trinidad James is on here? go listen to Dont Be S.A.F.E.

  • Joe Gabriel

    Everyone is bitchin bout Trinidad James making the cover…its because of one song. That one song was probably the worse track on his mixtape. Check out his mixtape Dont Be S.A.F.E, you’d be surprised, its pretty good. IAMSU, LOS, and Ferg got snubbed tho…

  • Jessica

    no Rittz???? I am done buying this magazine.

  • Yung Anubis

    Riff Raff Los Problem and Earl should’ve made the list easy

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.wilson.311 Jessica Wilson

    no rittz?? I am done buying this magazine!

  • http://twitter.com/ThomasAngell1 Lil Goat

    wooow. Its just sad to see a that XXL, a mag with such influence on these kids, be promoting Chief Keef… and get trinidad of that list to…

  • Savage Prince

    Ferg, Twelvyy, Flatbush Zombies, Tayyib Ali, Rockie Fresh, XV & Casey Veggies all need to be on here

  • OldDirty

    In my eyes Ab-Soul is the top lyricist in the game, I’d say probably even ahead of K.dot. Schoolboy is the hardest out and fuckin hilarious, bronson is killin it and has been since Bon Appetit ….. Bitch, and Joey bada$$ will be a legend someday. Idk whats up with everybody hatin on james, go listen to Don’t be S.A.F.E. and then judge him, you can’t judge him off of one banger. Never listened to Travi$ Scott or Logic, but I’ve heard real good things about them. The others, meh. I’m hoping next year Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will be half of the cover. Overall this list is pretty decent, would’ve liked to see Rockie Fresh on here though

  • lakerland420

    nice list but how come troy ave aint on this cover

  • faif

    Dom Kennedy

  • http://www.facebook.com/cambells.guy Tristen Elejorde

    Casey Veggies shoulda made it tho

  • Asante

    my boy logics there. but my homie ear sweatshirt should be in there

  • http://twitter.com/DJ_J12 IG: @DJ_J12

    Bull Shit – IAMSU and Problem Shoulda been on there

  • Braeden

    wheres moufy?

  • Braeden

    damn all of black hippy almost…haha

  • ChinChecker

    How did a bootleg Mackemore make it on this list.

  • BobbySoxerFromTheBay

    If anything, Logic is one of the most deserving. He’s been on his grind for years, fucks with old school and new school style shit, is an amazing lyricist whether its a track you can smoke to, party to, or just relate to, he has an incredible team, will be headlining his 2nd national tour this year (mind you he just had his European tour), will be dropping his 4th mixtape “Welcome To Forever” this year, reached platinum status on some of his tapes on DatPiff, and of all the rap/hip hop artists I listen to, he cares and keeps in touch with his fan base the fucking most. SO HELL YES TO HIS ASS ON THAT COVER! Get hip. RattPack!

    • BobbySoxerFromTheBay

      wth, this was my comment! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.a.johnson.1 Xavier Antwan Christian Johnso

    damn best list out!!! Every artist on the list is actually relevant. TDE running this shit all the members have been on this list.

  • BobbySoxerFromTheBay

    If anything, Logic is one of the most deserving. He’s been on his grind for years, fucks with old school and new school style shit, is an amazing lyricist whether its a track you can smoke to, party to, or just relate to, he has an incredible team, will be headlining his 2nd national tour this year (mind you he just had his European tour), will be dropping his 4th mixtape “Welcome To Forever” this year, reached platinum status on some of his tapes on DatPiff, and of all the rap/hip hop artists I listen to, he cares and keeps in touch with his fan base the fucking most. SO HELL YES TO HIS ASS ON THAT COVER! Get hip. RattPack!

  • http://twitter.com/MikeB_37 Mike Les Battersby

    What about hit-boy, d-pryde and chris webby???

  • HDD

    Capital steez on Joey bada$$ t shirt, dope!

  • J quick

    Weakest freshmen class ever

    • nope


  • Darth Bacon

    how is no one talking about travis? the dude is mad weird, should be interesting. glad he made the list. everyone on here is deserving, the only thing i dont get is how earl didnt make it, he had one song but everyone was talking about him. i know dizzy wright was the peoples choice but if it was me i would have swapped him for earl, just imo though

  • juneyeezy

    glad school boy q and ab soul on there they need to replace trinidad with tito lopez

  • nn

    Fat Trel ????

  • http://www.facebook.com/theekeekster Enrique Lopez

    No Casey Veggies either smh

  • MexicanSupreme

    nice action bronson a freshmen for the 2nd time… Damn this faggot cant even make it to the next level.. and what? best ever? Hell no… Worth ever

  • B.Townsend

    Logic got that lyricism and flow though!!!!

  • bmw

    Six Reasons?

  • Like WhAAAt!

    Problem Should Have Made It

  • http://twitter.com/ThatRobot Robot

    They all deserve it whether they suck or not.
    But props to those that made it and can actually spit, that is the true accomplishment.

  • http://twitter.com/D_Thr333 Dalton Threeman

    Where the hell is LOS???????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=226300074 Courtney Recore


  • Zae

    Where is Spaceghostpurrp at though? smh

  • Diana

    they should have Kelow ! she is way better than Trinidad , without a mothafuckin doubt

  • http://twitter.com/AustyParks ΛʉƧ✞Iℕ ℙ∂®∑π†

    i do not see chris webby they must of messed up!

  • NZ up in this

    Where’s Tito Lo at? He’s lyrical to the tits man give him his spot!

  • McMess

    no Vinny Cha$e? really?

  • Hopsin

    Damn, no Rittz!?

  • i cant

    Chris Webby??

  • GrassyNoL

    youre all gay for arguing this shit… WHERES WAX AND HERBAL T?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Gribbles

    Wheres LAWS!?

  • dwyck

    LOL at that typo on the front page. REVELAED!!!! Get an editor.

  • http://twitter.com/TheThomHanks Nice Cube

    fuck all that. i wanna read the zombies feature.

  • David Khoshabeh

    XXL , you fucked up why isn’t Joey B up there.

  • Fuck Kel -__-

    It’s honestly not that bad of a list. It’s quite balanced…

  • Fuck Kel -__-

    But why is Kirko Bangz on there, tho…

  • realneverfake.com


  • JAque

    Cheef sold more albums than all em combined

  • LJ

    Yo this list is not bad, take off TJ & Kirko, The only ones that stand out to me are Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy, Joey, Bronson & Dizzy

  • http://twitter.com/girl_w_noname blvck madonna.

    i’m glad Logic made it. i’ve been up on him for the past 2 years. I voted for Angel Haze tho because she was the only female who had bars worthy of being up there. E

  • http://twitter.com/girl_w_noname blvck madonna.

    but in terms of the actual cover this shit is garbage…i’m not even talking about who they picked….there’s no theme….it’s just bland and weak looking. this was a pretty decent class minus kief….even tho’ his retarted ass did make waves. but they could have had more of a vision for the cover. idk what’s going on at XXL but all of these hip hop magazines are getting lazy and doing too much dickriding.

  • http://twitter.com/J_Ray__ BANDMAN

    What about Jarren Benton? come on now. at least dizzy wright got on there. and joey badass, schoolboy q, ab soul, and angel haze, every1 else but chief keef & trinidad james both suck. they were just put in cuz they were mainstream.

  • DaProphecy

    where tf is los

  • MacKiller

    How is Trae The Truth not on this list???????????????

  • Masonelle

    Travi$! not a bad list but Earl needs to take Keef spot

  • j b

    What is up with XXl?? no Chris rivers?? or Swizzz?? plus what happened to increasing the group to match the year??? you know 13 freshman for 2013 , 14 for 2014??

  • http://twitter.com/GOMLMUSIC Anthony DeVoue

    Shout out to Dizzy Wright holding that cover down!

  • reggie1225

    I’m confused. Why is Trinidad James here and not Los? 2 years straight, people have over looking him.

  • ByGray

    Hell yeah Logic! defiantly deserves it

  • K.

    Real shit FUCK XXL and that bogus ass magazine. This fucked up ass list, apparently this list is nothing but the editors opinion. i Mean 3 of the 10 people on there nobody has even heard of. This list is horrible and obviously is not based of the artists achievements and collective bodies of work, but off a personal opinion of a very stupid editing staff. like for real ? This entire staff at XXL should be lined up against a wall and shot. Bottom line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anderson711 Dede Anderson

    Schoolboy Q, AbSoul, Logic, Angel Haze, Joey, Travi$, Dizzy & Bronson actually can rhyme so I’m fine with this list so far. . . as far as chief keef…umm NO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000624491575 Chris Irwin

    OMG half of these dude’s know nothing about rap fucking retards.

    stop comparing rappers to raappers, shit aint cute.

  • http://twitter.com/Cloudy_Dolphin BLVCK GXD

    Hodgy Beats, Earl, Spaceghostpurrp, Like Cmon On Now. Trinidad And Sosa Don’t Deserve To Be Mentioned In Hip-Hop Period.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655809107 Joe Berry

    2011 has Big K.r.i.t., Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, CyHI and Meek Mill, thats best ever…

    Bada$$, Absoul and Q are about it – would have liked to see Rittz up there in place of, well any of them.

    • talkreal

      This year also has Logic, who is better than meek, yelawolf, and cyhi (no disrespect, i like all three of them). Joey and Soul are also better, with no argument than everyone from 2011 aside from krit and lamar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thneal85 Tom Cat La Flare

    I’m no odd future fan at all. However, I’d have to say that the dude Earl Sweatshirt can spit. His vocabulary and wordplay are way beyond his years. He should have have made the cover if the freshman list was based on pure talent. But XXL stated for years now the base their picks off of who’s buzzing. (Hence Lil B making the cover)

  • keke

    kindv sus how they made an exemption for chief keef to make the list man the ones that missed out tho XV Rittz A$AP Ferg come n son

  • Joey D

    How can you leave off Chris Webby. Just wow. Wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.amerson Mathew Amerson

    yep lost all faith in hip hop/rap no rittz thats just wrong…strange music all day.

  • qweqwe

    anybody know any songs by logic to listen to for starters? no disrespect but i want to give every rapper on the list a listen before i judge them.

    • dima

      “Mind of Logic” was the first track I heard by him, by accident and it got me hooked instantly

    • http://www.facebook.com/sean.fitzsimmonsys Sean Fitzsimmons

      disgusting is amazing

  • 203jamie

    how can any of you say chief keef shouldnt be on the list he is one of the hottest rappers in the game right now if you like him or not; to say he shouldnt be on the list is just ignorance. chief keef has had more hit records, veiws on YT, Worldstar features than anyone else on the list and not to mention all the hype he creates in the industry. I kno more people who like him then who hate, and all the lames who are hatin on him are the losers listening to some bozo’s like riff raff Q or odd future just stupid ass backpack fag raps. sosa goes hard and has brought gangsta rap back reminds me of dipset back in the day

  • jet

    everyone just listen to “Live on the Air” by Logic. The dude can spit better than most people in the game, and he reppin that G-Burg!!

  • @dawgpoundcity

    stalley, earl sweatshirt. alleyboy and trouble? fuck it, im just glad angel haze made it

  • http://twitter.com/Smokee_Wilson Tre’Shon Wilson

    chief keef is the next soulja boy he had one hit wonder and now just making music to stay relevant listen to that new shit and tell me im not right!

  • Tribe

    this is fucking weak were is IamSu! and Hoddie Allen this is a bullshit list they rather put trinidad james and Chief keef both of them are clowns

  • Kevin


  • THURDi

    im satisfied with this years freshman class.

  • Gerardo Espinoza

    got that nigga soul in this bitch all permed out!

  • Gerardo Espinoza

    out of all the past lists! this has to be the best freshman list. you got soul brotha #2 , scHoolboy q, joey bada$$, dizzy wright, and action bronson those niggas are talented!!! but fuck chief keef and earl sweater. ha

  • Troy Boy

    Where the hell is Jody Highroller? RAP GAME KATY PERRY

  • Bobby

    No Alpoka Don.

  • urboss7766

    Action Bronson is the most talented out of all of them.

  • http://twitter.com/DerekPushkar #TeamFollowBackGOLD

    no earl, no webby wtf is this world coming too, big ups too ab and q doe

  • ArchyBeatz

    Still don’t knowhow XV and Chip never made it… They fucked up… Atleast its better than last years joke…

  • Bitch please.

    Logic and Dizzy <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/WildDeuceEntsC.E.O Evans J. Perkins

    Next Year Loaded Lux and Priv

  • youngn

    this xxl freshman list stopped being good after 2011.

  • Band B

    Yet Stalley didn’t make the cut. What in the actual fuck nugget

  • MCSpacely

    Honestly there’s 4 niggas in ALL of OF that can actually rap… Frank, Earl, Hodgy, and Domo… Keef appeals to more mainstream and even though he isn’t lyrical you can’t say he didn’t change the rap game in the last year…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kunte.kente Kunte Kente

    riff raff is like the anti christ of hip hop why is he even on this?

  • Odd Future Faggot

    @facebook-1808923362:disqus “your odd future fags”?? LMAO wow you take yourself so seriously. go hear how ambitious their first tape is (which they made when they were 15 -17 y/o) and compare it to how their first album (when they’re 18 – 22 y/o). then maybe you’ll realize how fucking stupid you sound to ACTUAL fans of rap music. but you probably won’t.
    @8aa0e4975ea6d4c398fd13a869f902ce:disqus Earl’s lyricism is great but his flow and content is obviously largely influenced by MF Doom, and therefore matched. I can’t wait to hear how his style will evolve over his next albums

  • Joe

    Young Roddy should be on this list as well

  • Ruben

    Worst. List. Ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1317566737 Basedman Van

    no spaceghostpurrp? lol cover is a joke

  • djybreel

    joey is the best

  • Diego Martinez

    Kirko Bangz the next on number 1 ! Playa ass nigga from Houston, he putting on for H-Town , all these other niggas lame ass fuck !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771062587 Reggie White

    chance the rapper and lil durk wtf how did they not make it :(

  • dombeats

    hahahaaa freshman list sucks dick once again. cheif keef, kirko bangz and trinidad james aint even rappers… theyre fuckin hypemen

  • Playboii

    Where the fuck is iamsu?!

  • instacooch


  • michael Harris

    logic is the best out of the whole class

  • tee

    wheres danny brown

  • meta

    this is the second best. 2009 was the best ever.

  • Jake Delaney

    how the fuck can yall even deny OF’s talent? everybodys raw as fuck! Mike G, Domo, Hodgy, Left Brain, Earl, Syd, Tyler clowns a lot but when he’s actually trying he kills it. Half of the people poppin shit havent even looked into their music like that. yall just a bunch of fags that listened to yonkers and thought “oh this is wierd. they suck”

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrence.brooks.10 Terrence Brooks

    Thats why I stopped looking to popular “hip hop” outlets for artist suggestions because most have become a joke……but popular rap has been a joke for quite a while. So whose fault is this list really???

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrence.brooks.10 Terrence Brooks

    And thank god Joey is on this list…I would have like to seen Mr. Sweatshirt on here too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joey.phillips.961 Joe Phillips

    Wtf… why are Chief Keef and Kirko Bangz on here… why not D-Pryde or Rittz two rappers who actually have talent… :L

  • flopfilla

    Lets bring back Charles Hamilton lol

  • pissed off

    this is the worst freshman class ever

  • UUhatley

    Worst freshman class ever. Haven’t even heard of half of these niggas. 2012 was so much better so don’t even put up “BEST EVER?” because that’s just straight bullshit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.a.butler.75 David Auddas Maimfraimz Butler


  • http://www.facebook.com/johnny.dutch.1 Johnny Dutch

    Lol riff raff too hot to be a freshman. Jody dine had graduated ya dig???

  • http://twitter.com/rmithlo Randy Mithlo

    Tito Lopez got ROBBED. I mean, seriously? They got garbage like Trinidad James and Chief Keef on here? Tito’s getting slept on too much!

  • woodstock

    only people in this class worth a penny is joey bad and ab soul all other can go find a day job cuz they are not wanted

    • Kenny Lomas

      Schoolboy Q is worth a mention braa

  • Jay Clever

    Earl Sweatshirt shouldn’t be compared to the rest of Odd Future. His lyricism is much better than any teenage rapper you can think of including Joey Bada$$. The only reason Earl wasn’t included on this list is because he already has tasted some success as well as impressive record sales. The artists featured on the Freshman cover need the boost.