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LaDonnis Shoots a Horror Film for “Hallelujah” Video

"Hallelujah" is the third single off of 'A Sunny Place for Shady People' LP.

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8 Rappers Who Served in the Military

In celebration of the day and the people that protect this country, XXL highlights nine rappers who have served in the military.

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20 Mixtape Phenoms That Didn’t Live Up to Expectations

XXL highlights 20 mixtape phenoms who had all of the skills to be the next big thing in rap, but ultimately failed to meet those expectations.

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Happy Birthday, Donnis!

Today, June 2, is the birthday of Atlanta rapper Donnis.

Though he was born in California, Donnis was raised in the ATL from childhood and was surrounded by music...

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26 Rappers Who Called Their Projects Classics

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The 100 Best Selfies By XXL Freshmen

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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

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Donnis, Class Of ’10 – Catching Up With The XXL Freshmen

2013 XXL Freshman Class is in full effect and time will tell if this will be the best class ever.

In the meantime, we're taking a look back at each XXL Freshman from past classes to see what they've been up through their music since being a Freshman...

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So Fresh: A Photo Gallery of Every XXL Freshman

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Donnis “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle” [Video]

Donnis spits to all five beats DJ Wonder laid out for him during Shade 45's Sway In the Morning, and he even created a short chorus for one...

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