2013 XXL Freshmen Cyphers – Episode 1

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Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Travi$ Scott go off in the first episode of 2013 XXL Freshmen Cyphers. You’ve seen their XXL Freshmen Freestyles and notable tracks and now it’s time to see what they’re made of in the cyphers.

Director Travis Satten took a cinematic approach with the lighting, angles and smoke effects, although to be fair, just like in his freestyle, Action Bronson provided plenty of his own smoke.

DJ Drama lays down the tracks with the beat provided by Jahlil Beats and mixed by Ryan Fagman at Soundscribe Studios so turn it up.

Directed by Travis Satten (@TravisSatten)
Mixed by Ryan Fagman @ Soundscribe Studios (www.soundscribestudios.com)

More Freshmen:
- XXL Freshmen Main Page
- Ab-Soul
- Action Bronson
- Joey Bada$$
- Travi$ Scott

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.mhoon.7 Shane Mhoon


  • http://twitter.com/Toon204 Dalton Adams

    that was pretty fucking good



  • http://www.facebook.com/guilherme.deandrade.73 Guilherme De Andrade

    how can I download just the audio

  • TuroTHC

    Ab-soul killed that shit




    Damn The Last Niqqa killed that

    • kianparsa

      travis $cott! 20 years young!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tobes23 Zak Tobes

    that beat is absolutely insane

  • CCstan


    • http://www.facebook.com/W.Ramirez0124 Wilson Alejandro Ramirez

      BLESS UP !!

    • kianparsa

      travis and joey are both only 20 years young. they both gonna keep growing to crazy heights

      • jwads22

        Joey’s only 18 and Just turned 18.

    • ProDiG

      hell yeah, travi$ and joey go wayy too hard

  • Youtube.

    Most the people I know can’t watch videos on your shitty site. Hurry up and upload it to Youtube. And fix your sshit

  • YoungK89

    That all Joey

  • Matt

    Good start to the Cyphers. Lets hope Keef and Trinidad don’t ruin the others lol

    • AV2047

      Keef isn’t doing the cypher

      • Alex

        thank god for that

      • Ismael

        Shit I wanted people to see how bad he was

    • Slay

      Trinidad won’t ruin shit, bitch, always goin in

      • Free BOOSIE

        trinidad just going to use same rhymes he did for all gold everything, same as his “freestyle” god damn that was a joke


    Travis Scott… Damn

  • Sugar $hane P

    Dj Drama cuts were weak as hell “YEAA” what the hell is that shit man? I know a 19 year old outta NH that can shred the tables. He would make Drama look foolish…Hey XXL you should have a competition to find a “freshman DJ” to hold it down on the cyphers. I know it’s more focused on the Rappers but with these cyphers or not they will still become well known. Having an ill DJ nobody has ever heard of would put these cyphers on another level.

    • Wack Dj

      Agree man, I am a wack ass Dj (for a hobby, not a living) and I can probably do that.

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

    awesome cypher, love the beat

  • http://www.facebook.com/donnie.s.rowe Donnie Rowe

    La Flame All Day!

  • Yobobo

    What shirt was DJ Drama wearing though? It’s ill.

  • fart simpson

    travis $cott’s flow was entertaining but his bars were the weakest on this shit. joey could’ve gone harder. soul and bronson got this.

  • Swagzilla

    Bronsolino Shut this shit DOWN.

  • ProDiG

    1. Travi$ Scott
    2. Joey Bada$$

    3. Ab-Soul
    4. Action Bronson

    • jwads22

      Travis is not on the skill level of these other three artists, you are deaf or just to damn bias.

      • ProDiG

        There wasn’t anything in my comment to make it bias. I just stated my opinion on how they did. They were all dope. You must be bias if you instantly claim that Travi$ Scott isn’t on the level of the other three rappers. Just open your mind, and don’t bash on people for opening theirs. Oh, and *too.

        • Rugger D

          good fucking call man. people are downing travis scott before he even spat his verse

        • jwads22

          I love Travis, he’s dope but not on the level of these three lyricists. He’s also a really good producer, they should have had him do the beat.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.fitzpatrick.37 Bryan Fitzpatrick

            instead of whatever the hell weak ass beat this was

          • jwads22

            True, fucking wack ass Jahlil Beats. Go do somemore boring ass shit with meek mill.

        • bluedragon41

          I never heard of him before and I’m not surprised he is signed to G.O.O.D Music. He is the definition of what mainstream rap is today His flow is great, but if you listen to his lyrics, they are mediocre/bad. I liked that nasdaq line thoughh.

  • indend

    Travi$ Scott’s flow is annoying…that’s that asap rocky flow that everyone is now doing, switch it up a little man. Other than that this was good. I hope the others come even close.

    • http://twitter.com/ShadDiamondz Rashad Johnson

      Asap Rocky? That flow has been around way before Rocky.

      • djsteez

        but asap rocky bought it back

        • indend

          EXACTLY! asap did bring it back.

          • lameduck

            A$AP picked it up from H-Town.. where Travi$ is from so it’s not like anyone brought it back it’s been there

  • http://www.facebook.com/ramajeroc Ramaj Eroc

    Travis Scott went hard…Action Bronson too! Joey went in…Ab-Soul was off the top of the dome! lol. #NiceCypher follow me on Twitter @RamajEroc

  • http://twitter.com/Braymor_ ℳatthew.в⇜


  • Nick

    again joey used a past verse from a song…?

    • DaBNMA

      Really? didnt notice, which one?

    • Roger

      Please elaborate

  • Tre’ Fluency

    That was dope a cypher; everybody held their own. I’m ready for my time to be crowned a XXL Freshman in the near future!

    • bluedragon41

      Bootleg rapper



  • ddd

    beat was weak as fuck for these guys

  • http://twitter.com/YungMil Yυɴɢ Mɪʟ

    they all ripped that beat

  • http://twitter.com/Alumni_child freddyyyΔ

    2.Action Bronson (high as fuck)
    3.Joey Bada$$
    4.Travi$ Scott (weak lyrics)

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.fitzpatrick.37 Bryan Fitzpatrick

      Travis’ flow was so incredibly off beat, he’s got the talent though. Soulo Bronson and Joey all killed it as usual

      • Jarron

        yo life off beat

    • yaap yaap

      That nasdaq line was hot doe

  • http://twitter.com/MrHansSolo Baldeep Hans


  • hb

    i think we all know who the wackest was

    • TG

      La Lame, i mean Flame*

  • Paradi$3

    The beat wasnt even that good like I like Jahil but he is not the type of producer Ab Bronson or Joey are use to Travis can go in on a beat like this but the rest are a much more Old school vibe type of beat

  • Affiliation

    Travis Scott gottt damnnnnn

  • Mack Attack


  • http://twitter.com/JoeEon Joe Kimbuende

    Ab-soul does it again! Travi$ actually surprised me a bit; that flow wasn’t bad at all. Joey continues to amaze me, and although Action was the weakest out of them I thought, he still held his own.

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

    1)Action Bronson
    2)Ab-Soul(didn’t like his flow but lyrically he was the shit)
    3)Joey Badass
    4)Travis Scott(he still killed it)

  • Jaz

    ab-soul #1 man

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

    Bam & Soul Killed!! that joey did his thing 2

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohamudh Mo Hassan

    should’ve got Harry Fraud to do the beat, you’d expect someone like Meek Mill or Kid Ink to go on this beat. Most of these guys are mellow rappers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/malik.bell Malik Bell

      That’s the point of this though. XXL Freshman means you getting to that higher level that means you gotta challenge yourself and rap outside ya comfort zone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8233157 Tempest Carter

    The AP class for sure. I don’t even like Travis but his flow on this was soooo sick. Everybody just bought their A games.. I don’t think it can get any better then this.

  • tomm

    soooo filthy

  • hi

    Wack ass beat. Still Ab, Bronson, and Joey killed it

  • http://twitter.com/xXMACLINXx carlen



    straight up FIRE… everyone killed it…. BETTER THE PREVIOUS YEARS…. 2013 ON FIRE

  • kev

    Bronson kiled this.

  • Sean

    Normally dont like Joey but he killed it on this one.

  • http://twitter.com/waddee100 Waddee D


  • CGBK

    I agree withe the cat down below, this beat was good for joey but not so much the other guys. Regardless Ab-Soul still killed that shit. I can’t get enough of these cyphers.

    • CGBK

      Travis not Joey, sorry high as fuck.

  • RattPack

    Yeah ab-soul killed it but good lord when he’s up Logic is going to go OFF!!!

  • Jake Eden

    they saved the best for last…#LAFLAME till i die


    Big Ab fan, but my opinion…


  • Shao Kahn

    Travi$ Scott was eh

  • Jamal


  • http://twitter.com/monstersrule68 Armando Revelez

    Dude Travis Scott pulled off his mask, and dominated. But i liked last years track for the cypher better

  • reggendary

    Maybe it’s just because these are my 4 favorite rappers out now, but i think this was the best cypher ever

  • JANU$

    Action Bronson MURDERED THIS!
    Ab-soul let me down :/ want happened?! soulo soulo

  • Trae927

    fuck a bet cypher lol

  • http://twitter.com/OPxDRE dRe Play

    1. Soulo! (#tde #thatisall)

    2. Bronsolino (even though I’m just band-waggoning when it comes to him, he still holds it down on tha reg, so I’d give him that)

    3. LaFlame (even though his actual lyrics were kinda weak, he still held his ground)

    4. Joey (it was “iight”, but knowing his abilities, I just expected more so he def coulda went harder.. I’m starting wonder if steez’s death affected his overrall craft & progression somehow? :/ )

    ..but it was a shitty beat for a cypher still.. the atmosphere was the opposite of the freshman cypher w/ kendrick n’ lil b nd tht was a fav… I just hope the nxt has more enthusiasm.. haze nd logic has high expectations to meet…

  • http://twitter.com/GustavStrazdins Gustavs Strazdins

    Ab-Soul killed it! SOUL!!! Travi$ Scott started pretty good

  • JeromeFromTheTime

    Do you fucks even understand the nuances and references Bronson drops? Say what you say, But he is a truly dope lyricist with a unique style. Son don’t swagger jack or jock modern trends.

  • hd

    Such a meaningless cypher this was, poor beat, bad atmosphere, doesn’t suit any of the rappers except for travis. The rest sounded out of place and yes this is a verse joey has recycled from one of his songs. A more mellow beat with an old school vibe would’ve made this a 100 times better.

  • RJC_SoLoAulston

    Ab-soul (Real freestyle)>Bronson>Joey (recycled verse)> Travis

    *Travis road the beat the best but his lyrics were weak, i feel like people started using that style again to hide their lack of lyrical ability

  • KDF

    Travi$ was the only one who switched it up.

  • rossco jenkins 2014

    omg this cypher was dooooopppeeeee i loved ab-soul and travi$ they both went off but joey and bronson did their thing too for sure. this was one of the best ive ever seen.

  • cptcldcrsh

    bronson did the best, ab-soul could of done better, joey did standard and wernt surprised travis scott didnt surprise me



    TRAVI ScKOTTIE killed 2 but never heard of him

    • kianparsa

      travi$ scott only 20 years young. he gonna keep growing!

  • shelbylynmiller

    god damn

  • wcda

    You cant deny that Travi$ was the best dat flow my gawd

  • 1NWeDontEnd

    Joey Badass killed it… I’m startin to like action Bronson a little more and more… travis scott was koo too…

  • http://twitter.com/MrVashShogun qN10 ヴァッシ {☆}

    i feel like they should be rearranged with other people but they all went in espically Travis Scott and Action Bronson

  • http://twitter.com/Micnyce1 Micnyce

    follow me nigga @micnyce1 for all dat exlusiveness

  • kianparsa

    Travi$ is ONLY 20 YEARS YOUNG. He dont even have a mixtape yet, how do you all expect him to be on the same lyrical level as ab-soul and joey. No one on his level doing music or video productions so stfu.
    He has a way creative flow that can go to any beat. And his lyrics are damn good for a 20 year old mutherfucker who dont even have 5 songs. Why else would T.I. and Kanye both sign him before he even had one song out!!!
    Yall focusing on the negatives too much, the future of rap & hip-hop are in good hands if you just start focusing on the positives.

  • TNB


  • HakliBOI

    beat weak, action bronson going in hard tho

  • Danny

    #1 is Ab-Soul, #2 Action, #3 Travi$, #4 sorry to say but Joey not the best beat either could have done way better. thats my choice

  • Kamoo

    Travis $cott impressed me i’m not gonna lie, but i thought they were all really good. I have a feeling Logic is gonna have the best freestyle though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189430697 Joao Garcia

    Travi$ had no quotable lines but his flow was hot. However, the other 3 mcs absolutely destroyed the beat.

  • Sam Stan

    Ab Soul and Joey slaughtered it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.sanchez.1441 Michael Jimenez

    these niggas dont bees in the trap they like bees in the track ! ill

  • onthatGOODlvl

    Hopp off the TDE bandwagon for a sec and appreciate the talent EVERYONE has in this cypher. Not saying Ab-Soul did poor but they all killed it. My nigga Travi$ went in no matter if what. Joey was too damn dope to even bring to words! Hip-Hop can still make it.

  • InaG

    they all sound the same.

  • commentsthatmatter

    ehh not impressed overall but ab, joey, and bronson did what they could with such a terd beat. Travis kind of made his own cadence; not really sure where he was goin with that. 2 years ago when K.R.I.T., Kendrick and CyHi were freshman had the best beat. that year was dirtyyyyy as fuuuuuuck.

  • http://twitter.com/Alpha_WOLLF Chris Roundtree

    don’t like how people keep trying to compare these artist like one was so much better than the other. what most people don’t understand is that rap isn’t all metaphors and similes. it’s also about imagery, flow, how you sound on a certain beat, and sometimes making a reference to something people won’t get till latter. Joey used all of this but could of done better and honestly this wasn’t his type of beat so he didn’t sound right on it, Bronsin had great imagery but thats all his verse was, Travi$ strung his lines together well but other than his flow nothing about his verse was incredible, and Ab-Souls comparisons made you think with every bar but his verse didn’t really flow and by that i mean it didn’t matter what order he put his bars in. truth is they were all equal.

  • FamOverEverything93

    Joey And Bronson killed that!

  • PROfuckingERA

    travi$ scott and Joey killed this!

  • JeT!

    Travis Scott / Hustle Gang owns this shit !

  • http://www.facebook.com/JesseJoeyJames Jesse Joey James

    I’m surprised by this new cat Travis Scott, never heard of him, but thought he killed this cypher. And of course Joey and ab soul did their thing, that was real good. And well not a big fan of Action Bronson, he was good, but still think Rittz wudda killed in, while standing in his shoes…

  • Txrep

    “out in sweden, just me and four women, and we play hockey”
    “the deal is,nigga the real is, young scott the rock, rockin with the phyillis”How exactly did he kill it? Different flow but to say he bodied is an extreme overstatement

  • http://twitter.com/zarkhi Zarkhi The Vision

    Yeah Part 2 is so bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/jazzygotgame Jasmine A. Abang

    Soul goes hard ! He’s so underrated . . . it’s sad !

  • melvin squatter

    you are a damn fool if you think hip hop is dead, this is another golden era right here

  • zillr

    travis scott is gaaarbage!

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

    awesome beat
    kick ass cyphers, everybody killed it

  • Levvi

    I love how as fans, we play teacher & handout constructive criticism. I knew nothing of Bronson until Freshman and he’s nice. Joey & Soulo are forever nice, its in their blood. Travi$ is a dope runner up.

  • Pierrce F.

    This is by far the greatest XXL freshman cypher I have ever witnessed… great stuff haha can’t wait to watch the dizzy wright, logic, and angel haze cypher!

  • http://www.facebook.com/WillyThePoet Willem Lokerse

    Travi$ Scott is a totally different kind of rapper than Action, Joey en Ab-Soul, I think they should’ve put Dizzy Wright in this one and Travi$ with Logic and Angel Haze

  • GONZ


  • http://twitter.com/Shaunyness Shaunyness

    “Smoke til I’m weezy, don’t worry what’s in my cup!”

  • Ghost250

    it should have been split into 2 cyphers
    1st cypher – Joey, Logic, Dizzy, Ab Soul, Bronson
    2nd cypher – Angel haze, Q, Travi$, Trinidad, Kirko

  • http://www.facebook.com/gurvinder.mathan.5 Gurvinder Mathan

    Travi$ Alway’s got the Sickest Flow’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/SlimThugafoo Steven Fagan Jr.

    That shit was terrible. Listen to Logic instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bisondude7 Spencer Keith Johnson

    travis scott reminds me so much of cudi

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002435487485 Jordan Staves

    This is pretty bold to say.. But every day I am becoming more and more convinced that Ab-Soul and Kendrick are legitimately saving Hip-Hop.


    Still dont like bronsons flow or voice…AB SOUL IS FUCKIN OG, Scotts attempt at originality is just fuckin gay….Badass goes in rawdog 10/10 times Pro Era repit so fresh

  • airjumpman23

    LA FLAME!!!

  • lonewlf

    but why all the hate on travi$ part when hes the only one that switched it up and made it sound like a song ? like … he brought the flavor .

  • poopbruh

    “I stay shittin like a sick pigeon” hahahahahaha

  • n00bfessional

    between 0:50 and 0:55 he loses his jewlery on the mic hand? I smell foul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/urijah.henderson Urijah Henderson

    joey and soul!

  • MillyFlights

    i stay shittin like a sick pigeon right bronson

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.dclue Andrew D’Clue

    Yo, that was tough

  • chazer96

    damn joey fuckin killed this

  • http://twitter.com/BirdmaNxHandruB Stephen S.

    bitches with military fitness. LOL.

  • icenice

    Little nigga travis got squashed XD

  • darius22

    soul brother number 1+1 absoulutely killed this .

  • http://twitter.com/MrHansSolo Baldeep Hans

    XXL got this list right!


    weak ! i cant believe this shit ! thats why i dont buy dont buy yall mag ….no integrity !
    yall are killing our music and our genre by supporting this bs !