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J. Cole Debuts “Lights Please” Video After Five Years, Pens Letter To Fans, Announces Tour

It's been five years since former XXL Freshman J. Cole released his second mixtape The Warmup, which helped propel him into stardom. The project's mainstream gem, "Lights Please" is reportedly the track that attracted Hov to sign the overly confident North Carolina MC to his Roc Nation imprint, but, strangely the hit went without an official visual...

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Check Out Old Footage Of J. Cole Challenging Jay Z

The age-old scenario of the apprentice challenging the master seems to go back as far as recorded history itself. MTV recently unearthed J...

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J Cole Will Celebrate The 5 Year Anniversary Of ‘The Warm-Up’ On MTV RapFix

Time files when you're killing the charts on Billboard. Just five years ago, J.Cole was a newbie on the rap scene, hoping to grab a handful of listeners through his storytelling and hard hitting bars...

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J. Cole, Tyler, The Creator And Earl Sweatshirt Go Big At Governors Ball

Photography By: Lauren Gesswein

Governor Ball’s 2014 three days of music and fun in the sun came to close on Sunday (June 6) with some of the best acts saved for last...

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NBA Player Ty Lawson: Chris Brown Is Better At Basketball Than J Cole

Over the course of his first five years in the NBA, Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has played with a slew of great players. He has counted, to name a few, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried as teammates...

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The 52 Best Albums 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


The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes

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Would the album be as meaningful if everyone isn’t behind it?
My honest opinion is this: the concept of A Better Tomorrow is healthy for anybody and everybody, Wu-Tang and any man in America. Who wouldn’t want A Better Tomorrow, the concept? When I make albums, I think about the time I’m living in the world, I don’t just do shit. You go back and check my history, my art, you see meaning to my shit. There’s a reason why I do what I do; A Better Tomorrow, it's time for that, for our families, for America, for the world.

A lot of dreams and hopes haven’t been fulfilled that we all had. We had a strong optimism [of what] the world can be, and I want to make a record to reflect and inspire that dream more. I would love the whole Clan to be behind it, and it's something I got to think about and reconsider. If I’m the only guy to do it and hopefully inspire people like that, I’m going to do that regardless, personally. If we can make it happen together, we shall, and if it’s something at the end of the day that I have to do, then that’s what I'll do. I accept that in life. But I would love for every member to get on board and celebrate what we created.

Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole And ScHoolboy Q Are Set To Headline Bumbershoot Festival

If you plan on hitting the festival scene this summer, Bumbershoot is another one to add to your list. The Seattle based event may serve as a chance for fans to hear music from the Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album...

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