Next week marks the moment everyone has been waiting for, when XXL will start rolling out our 2014 Freshmen Cyphers. It’s one of the most anticipated parts of the Freshmen cover—outside of the list itself—and has made for some intriguing chemistry and fascinating collaborations over the years. But while you wait for the first Cypher to drop on Monday morning, it’s the perfect time for a reminder about last year’s Cyphers from what we posited as our Best Class Ever up to that point.
The three Cyphers last year brought more left-field collaborations: Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Travi$ Scott held down the first; ScHoolboy Q, Kirko Bangz and Trinidad Jame$ spit fire on the second, while Logic, Angel Haze and the People’s Champ Dizzy Wright battled it out in the third. Let us know what you think of last year’s class, and check back on Monday as we drop the first of three XXL 2014 Freshmen Cyphers. —XXL Staff