So Fresh: A Photo Gallery of Every XXL Freshman

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    Papoose
    Finally released his <em>Nacirema Dream</em> album this year.
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    Plies
    The Florida rapper has continue to put in work over the years.
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    Joell Ortiz
    Has seen success as 1/4 of the Slaughterhouse unit.
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    Gorilla Zoe
    No longer on Bad Boy but is rumored to be working on new material.
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    Young Dro
    After moving around and leaving Grand Hustle Dro is definitely still rocking Polo.
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    Crooked I
    Has joined Joell and seen success as 1/4 of the Slaughterhouse unit.
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    Lil Boosie
    Currently serving a sentence in Louisiana, but the world continues to anticipate his return.
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    Saigon
    Also recently released his oft-delayed debut album featuring production from Saigon.
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    Lupe Fiasco
    Put out his <em>Food & Liquor Part 2</em> LP last year and continues to make waves.
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    Rich Boy
    Recently returned after a five-year hiatus with bangin' new music.
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    Charles Hamilton
    Told the world that there’s nothing like a Brooklyn girl.
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    B.o.B
    Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. had two multiplatinum singles in “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes.”
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    Ace Hood
    The Cash Money Records/We The Best Music Group artist probably has the hottest club song right now in “Bugatti.”
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    Wale
    DC’s own Wale is now gearing up to put out his third album, <em>The Gifted.</em>
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    Asher Roth
    Mr. I Love College, went from a catchy tune to respected MC, and is working on his second album.
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    Cory Gunz
    Son of famous rapper Peter Gunz not only signed to Young Money , but also starred in a MTV reality TV show with his dad.
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    Kid Cudi
    Recently left G.O.O.D. Music but is gearing up for the release of his <em>Indicud</em> LP.
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    Curren$y
    This NOLA-born rapper just released a new mixtape called <em>New Jet City.</em>
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    Blu
    The LA rapper just put out an album titled <em>No York.</em>
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    Mickey Factz
    The man with the funny glasses, Mickey Factz has been quiet lately.
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    Big Sean
    D-Town’s finest and G.O.O.D. music representative.
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    Donnis
    Donnis was raised in Atlanta, GA but now he’s signed to both Atlantic Records and indie-label Fool’s Gold.
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    Fashawn
    Out of Fresno, California, Fashawn runs his label named “Grizzly City Ent.” in homage to his hometown.
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    Freddie Gibbs
    Gangsta Gibbs can claim the Midwest as his domain and recently left Jeezy’s CTE label on amicable terms.
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    Jay Rock
    The first Black Hippy member to ever be featured on the list is straight outta Watts, CA.
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    J. Cole
    One of the biggest names in hip-hop to ever come out of NC, J. Cole was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
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    Nipsey Hussle
    The West Coast rapper who plans on putting out the third installment of <em>The Marathon</em> mixtape series, <em>TM3: Victory Lap.</em>, soon.
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    OJ Da Juiceman
    Signed to Brick Squad, OJ is ATL shawty.
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    Pill
    The Atlanta born rapper who left MMG to grow on his own.
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    Wiz Khalifa
    Mr. Taylor Gang himself went from Kush & Orange Juice to becoming a Grammy-nominated artist.
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    Big K.R.I.T.
    Known for his distinct Mississippi accent and is on the Def Jam roster.
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    The Georgia-bred MC is signed to both Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and Akon’s Konvict Muzik.
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    Fred the Godson
    Claiming the South Bronx, Fred stayed true to his street roots by signing with indie-label eOne.
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    Kendrick Lamar
    Carrying the Compton flag, K. Dot is the torch for lyricists.
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    <h2>Lil B</h2>
    "A new house."
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    Lil Twist
    The YMCMB signee is one of the youngest MC’s on the rise.
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    Mac Miller
    This Pittsburgh native has is signed to indie-label Rostrum Records where his debut release took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart.
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    Meek Mill
    Philly’s finest is known for his street-inspired club bangers with his Maybach Music Group brethren.
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    Yelawolf
    This southern MC has linked up with Eminem as a Shady Records signee.
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    YG
    Calling Compton his home, YG has been signed to Def Jam since 2009.
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    Diggy Simmons
    Coming from a long line of MC’s, Diggy is signed to Atlantic.
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    Danny Brown
    Even though he’s signed to the Brooklyn-based Fool’s Gold, Danny Brown is still Detroit to the core.
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    Don Trip
    Sadly, Don Trip has probably had the worst year of any of the 2012 Fresh- men. The heartfelt rhymes that fueled his breakthrough single, “Letter to My Son,” showed the world his huge potential, but the Memphis rapper has yet to make good on it. He dropped a mixtape, Help Is on the Way, in October, but it made little ripple in rap’s big pond. Despite the fact that he’s been signed to Interscope for nearly three years, what was once a highly antici- pated major-label debut doesn’t seem to be coming out anytime soon.
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    Future
    From Atlanta, Future is the King of hooks right now and is signed by LA Reid to Epic Records.
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    Iggy Azalea
    Even though she’s Australian, T.I. scoped up the femcee for his Grand Hustle Label.
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    Kid Ink
    This MC just signed a deal with RCA and joined PETA in their “Ink Not Mink” campaign.
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    Macklemore
    Seattle native and indie rapper is his own because he’s signed to his own Macklemore Label.
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    Hopsin
    Out of LA, Hopsin is signed to his own Funk Volume label.
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    Roscoe Dash
    Spittin’ his Southern slang, Roscoe Dash is from Atlanta and is signed to Zone 4, an Interscope imprint founded by producer Polow Da Don.
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    MGK
    Building a young and ever-loyal fanbase, this Ohio native is a member of the Bad Boy Records team.
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    <h2>"Bugatti (Remix)"</h2>
    "Woke up with the crown, nigga/Serving Bobby Brown, nigga/Started from the bottom now it's caught up, Nino Brown nigga… Fidel Castro with them Cuban links/With Mark Cuban where them Cubans link."
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    Chief Keef
    The 11th Freshman had a ridiculously huge breakout year and released his debut album with Interscope.
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    Ab-Soul
    Mr. Underrated, if you haven’t heard <em>Control System</em>you need to.
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    Angel Haze
    YouTube star and 2nd female ever to grace the XXL Freshmen cover.
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    Dizzy Wright
    The Las Vegas talent that’s signed to Hopsin’s Funk Volume label.
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    Kirko Bangz
    Exploded on the scene with “Drank in my Cup,” a single peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard charts.
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    Logic
    Logic not only made the XXL Freshmen List but was also awarded with Next Big Song by Billboard.
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    Schoolboy Q
    Started out playing football and now the cover of XXL, TDE’s Schoolboy Q's future is bright.
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    Travi$ Scott
    The Texan producer/ rapper just signed with G.O.O.D. Music.
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    Trinidad Jame$
    The man who has everybody wearing all gold everything, Mr. James is as unique and talented as any artist in the game.
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    Yes totz da best; logic, joey bada$$, action Bronson, ab-soul, & soulboy boyq!!!????? yall did sum right!!!!!!!

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    Victory Lap is out now?