XXL Freshmen Class: By The Numbers
In 2007 XXL changed the landscape of hip-hop’s breeding ground by tapping a crop of promising up-and-coming rappers to grace one of its covers. Tagged “Leaders of the New School,” the group featured a mix of MCs who’d recently made waves with their debuts (Rich Boy, Plies, Lil Boosie) and others who’d built a strong buzz in anticipation for their first major-label look (Saigon, Papoose, Joell Ortiz).
Over the years, XXL has continued to add on to that tradition, selecting the 10—or 11—rappers expected to blow up and break out for that particular year. This year's list—announced Monday, May 5 on BET's 106 & Park—has another crop of ten rappers, as well as two R&B singers added in for good measure. All that adds up to a solid 74 XXL Freshmen over the years, with some going on to enjoy massive mainstream success and others dropping out or dropping below the radar. In 2013, XXL brought you an expansive, three page By The Numbers chart with statistics from every side of the Freshmen experience. This year, with our twelve artists gracing the Dirty Dozen class photo, we've updated the numbers to keep it as up to date as possible and delve into some of the more fascinating aspects of the Freshmen list.
Without further ado, XXL presents our By The Numbers for 2014, featuring each of the 74 members of our seven classes over the years. It's freshmen hip-hop on a higher level.