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49 Rappers Who Have The Same Birthdays

One would be surprised by the number of rappers that actually share the same birthdays.

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The 100 Best Selfies By XXL Freshmen

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45 Of The Best XXL Freshmen Collaborations

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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

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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.
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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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Bas And J. Cole Celebrate The Good Times In “My Nigga Made Bail” Video

Dreamville’s Bas dropped his new album Last Winter last week and one of the standout tracks was “My Nigga Just Made Bail” featuring J ...

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Watch Bas And J. Cole’s Hilarious Parody Of An ESPN Series

Dreamville crewmember Bas has taken a creative approach to promoting his new album Last Winter by making a spoof on the well-known ESPN’s series 30 for 30...

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Michael B. Jordan Names J. Cole And Drake Among His Favorite Rappers

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J. Cole Is Going On Tour

Cole World might be coming to your town this summer.

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of his project The Warm Up, J. Cole is hitting the road for another series of “Dollar & a Dream” shows. He...

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