Hip-Hop Reacts to 2017 XXL Freshman Cover
The 2017 XXL Freshman cover has officially been revealed and this year's roster is causing quite the stir online. As usual, the hip-hop world held nothing back when discussing the newest crop of artists who were chosen for this year's cover.
The 2017 XXL Freshman Class consists of 10 artists each representing a little something different. The creative diversity is a testament to where hip-hop is headed. This year's class consists of The Bay Area’s Kamaiyah, The Bronx’s A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Philadelphia’s PnB Rock, Tokyo representer Madeintyo, Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, Portland’s Aminé, Atlanta’s Kap G, Ventura, Calif.’s Kyle; Houston’s Ugly God and this year's fan-voted Freshman, 10th Spot winner XXXTentacion.
With 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of the Freshman franchise, the hype leading up to the cover reveal was bigger than ever. Once the cover dropped, fans—and haters—on social media went crazy in response. Some fandoms cheered seeing their favorite rapper make it while others were upset that their favorite was left out.
But fans weren't the only ones getting vocal. Plenty of rappers, whether they made the cover or not, got online to express their opinions on this Freshman Class. Even hip-hop elders like Pharrell, Swizz Beatz and A-Trak chimed in.
Check out how rappers who did make the 2017 XXL Freshman cover and those who didn't reacted to the big reveal below. Don't forget to cop your tickets to the 2017 XXL Freshman Show in New York City going down Wed., June 28 at Playstation Theater and stay tuned for more content from the 2017 XXL Freshman in the coming weeks.
First off i want to thank my mom and dad for having me , my son & fiancé for motivating me , I want to thank my manager mike for sticking with me through the most , I want to thank my Bro @2fourhrs for being a role model and showing me the game , you made it possible bro , The whole Privateclub Records family + Commission Records thank you !
When accomplishments like this happen I never view them as a gain for me I view this as a gain for us. Us as in every black girl in the ghetto with a dream, determination, perseverance, and drive. The way I dress is for you to be comfortable if not being sexualized isn't your thing, the reason my hair is in braids is so you accept your natural state I've even embraced my weight gain as god wanting me to make it acceptable to be normal and not glamorizing societies new standards of beauty. To sum it all up no matter what they tell you if you believe it will happen I went against everything they said you had to be as a woman in entertainment and I'm flourishing. The first female artist from the west coast to make freshman opening up the gates for everyone else to be prosperous ladies this is for us ❤️ oh yeah the warriors won last night this Oakland shit is brackin nigga ! West West we up now