XXL’s Freshmen Covers Over The Years

XXL Freshman Class 2008 Lupe Fiasco Lil Boosie Joell Ortiz Plies Saigon Rich Boy Gorilla Zoe Young Dro Papoose Crooked I

XXL Freshmen 2007: Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Gorilla Zoe,
Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Papoose and Young Dro

XXL Freshmen 2014 marks the seventh time we’ve given shine to a bunch of up-and-comers in the game on our cover. It all started with the “Leaders Of The New School” issue above from 2007, where we named hip-hop’s next superstars. We took a year off in 2008 but came back strong in 2009 with a lineup that included Wale, B.o.B, Kid Cudi and more. Since then, we’ve had everyone from Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar to ScHoolboy Q and YG in our Freshman classes, and they just keep getting better—and harder to choose—every year.

Here are all of the covers we’ve ever put together for XXL Freshmen. Let us know which year is your favorite, and don’t forget to join in on the conversation about this year’s class, The Dirty Dozen, on Twitter with the #XXLFreshmen14 tag.

XXL Freshmen 2009 – Part 1

xxl freshman class 2009 wale bob asher roth charles hamilton

XXL Freshmen 2009: Wale, B.o.B, Asher Roth and Charles Hamilton

XXL Freshmen 2009 – Part 2

xxl freshman class 2009 cory gunz blu mickey factz

XXL Freshmen 2009: Cory Gunz, Blu and Mickey Factz

XXL Freshmen 2009 – Part 3

xxl freshman class 2009 ace hood currensy kid cudi

XXL Freshmen 2009: Ace Hood, Curren$y and Kid Cudi

XXL Freshmen 2010

xxl freshman class 2010 cover j cole pill nipsey hussle wiz khalifa oj da juiceman freddie gibbs big sean jay rock fashawn donnis

XXL Freshmen 2010: J. Cole, Pill, Nipsey Hu$$le, Wiz Khalifa, OJ Da Juiceman, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Jay Rock, Fashawn and Donnis

XXL Freshmen 2011

xxl freshman class 2011 cover Meek Mill Big KRIT Cyhi The Prynce Lil Twist Yelawolf Fred The Godson Mac Miller YG Lil Kendrick Lamar Diggy Simmons

XXL Freshmen 2011: Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi The Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons

XXL Freshmen 2012

XXL Freshmen 2012 Cover future kid ink danny brown french montana macklemore don trip machine gun kelly hopsin iggy azalea roscoe dash

XXL Freshmen 2012: Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash

XXL Freshmen 2013

XXL Freshman class 2013 ScHoolboy Q Trinidad James Joey Badass Ab-Soul Logic Action Bronson Kirko Bangz Travis Scott Dizzy Wright Angel Haze Chief Keef

XXL Freshmen 2013: ScHoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze and Chief Keef

XXL Freshmen 2014

XXL Freshman Class 2014 Chance The Rapper Rich Homie Quan Isaiah Rashad Ty Dolla $ign Lil Durk Kevin Gates Troy Ave Vic Mensa Lil Bibby Jon Connor Jarren Benton August Alsina

XXL Freshmen 2014: Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton and August Alsina