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ScHoolboy Q Announces Ab-Soul’s Album Release Date

Ab-Soul’s debut album These Days finally has a release date. After being pushed back numerous times, the LP is set to hit shelves June 3...

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There’s a great deal of preparation that goes into choosing XXL Freshman. Research. Attending shows. Debates over whom are the hottest. However, sometimes the deciding factor is over who has the streets talking with their mixtapes.

Tapes are the best way to gauge how your music is doing. It’s a melting pot of your talents to showcase your progress, as well as who you align yourself with in the rap industry. A lot of the times, tapes that have an MC rapping over other people’s instrumentals catapulted them into the conversation of who’s next. Few of our Freshman picks like Jon Connor and Fashawn have made undeniable classics in the underground by jumping on beats rapped on by Jay Z and Nas.

There are plenty of tapes to choose from when highlighting the best mixtapes by XXL Freshman. Some rappers have year’s worth of mixtape before their debut albums, while others have made a dent in the rap game by having one extremely well received release. The formula for what a mixtape is these days keeps changing rapidly. To be clear though, Isaiah Rashad doesn’t have tape out, so he is excluded from this list. We still fuck with Cilvia Demo heavy.

So, with that said, from Lil Boosie to J. Cole, these are The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes.—Complied By Eric Diep, Dan Rys, Marvin Jules And Jeffrey Whaley

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The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes

Rumored Next Project: Black Lip Pastor, his TDE debut
First Announced: August 6, 2013
Tentative Release Date: TBA
Rumored Next Project: Black Lip Pastor, his TDE debut
First Announced: August 6, 2013
Tentative Release Date: TBA
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Ab-Soul’s Fans Will Pick Out His Album Release Date

Top Dawg Entertainment is all about fan participation. In response to their impatience over Ab-Soul upcoming album These Days, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith is allowing them to pick its release date...

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lean lyrics 40 songs
Much like molly was the buzz word for viral hits in 2012 and 2013, we are now, like it or not, firmly in the age of lean. Sure, sizzurp has been in the game for decades, emerging out of the depths of the Houston underground and firmly into the mainstream with DJ Screw, UGK, the Swishahouse factory and Three 6 Mafia. It killed Screw and Pimp C, ruined (or helped, depending on your perspective) Gucci Mane, was a consistent crutch for Soulja Boy and did an unfortunately fantastic job of nearly leading to a premature end to Lil Wayne.

Recently, the Atlanta scene has been a hotbed of the stuff, with everyone from Future to Migos to Young Thug and everyone in between rapping about their favorite double cups. After Rich Homie Quan was rushed to the hospital this week after suffering two seizures while on the set of his new music video, the overwhelming suspicion was that Quan was downing lean, too. But despite its serious and well-documented health risks, it seems that rappers can't stay away—or stop rapping about it. XXL has compiled a list of 40 songs that reference lean specifically—not purple drank, not sizzurp, but, to quote Young Thug, L-E-A-N-I-N-G/Lean lean lean lean lean lean-lean-lean. From 2 Chainz to Nas, check out the rappers dropping references to that purple stuff. —Dan Rys
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40 Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs That Mention Lean

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Ab-Soul’s Album Title Is ‘These Days…’

Growing frustrated with his album delays, Ab-Soul has been taking to social media to voice his qualms and give updates on his album and future mixtapes...

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TDE’s CEO Top Dawg Will Not Let Ab-Soul’s Album Leak

After Ab-Soul admitted earlier that he was on the brink of leaking his album, the internet went bonkers. While that would probably be the best thing for fans, TDE's CEO Top Dawg, chimed in and killed all possibility of that happening...

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Rumored Next Project: Black Lip Pastor, his TDE debut
First Announced: August 6, 2013
Tentative Release Date: TBA
Rumored Next Project: Black Lip Pastor, his TDE debut
First Announced: August 6, 2013
Tentative Release Date: TBA
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Ab-Soul May Leak His Own Album

Growing frustrated with the delay of his album release, Ab-Soul took to Twitter yesterday to voice his frustrations. "I'm this close to just leakin my shit like its a mixtape ," Soul Tweeted...

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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week 4/13-4/19

From Nas debuting the documentary celerbrating the 20th anniversary of Illmatic to Jay Electronica's unexpected rant, Twitter was certainly lively this week...

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Ab-Soul “Tree Of Life”

With a new mixtape and album on the horizon, Ab-Soul is back in the lab churning out new tracks. Today, he offers up the song "Tree Of Life" produced by Curtiss King...

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Ab-Soul Is Adding More Songs To His Album?

Even though it has been announced that fans can expect an Ab-Soul project this year, there has been little information surrounding the LP...

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