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Future Explores A Darker Tone And Succeeds With ‘Monster’ Mixtape

In kicking off last week’s Halloween celebration, Future treated his fans to a new mixtape, Monster, hosted by DJ Esco. Since announcing his mixtape back in September, the tape serves as a follow up to Future’s previous album, Honest, and establishes a more sinister sound...

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Rittz Hits The Mark On ‘Next To Nothing’

"If you sleeping on me, then its your loss,” serving as the opening lyric of Rittz’s latest project, Next To Nothing, couldn’t be farther from the truth...

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The 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

This time last year, albums from Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, J Cole, Mac Miller and Wale—with a Jay Z album right around the corner—had already dropped, providing hip-hop heads with plenty to talk about at the halfway mark of the year...

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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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King Ice Is The New Company Making Jewelry For Snoop Dogg, Game And Juicy J

Going back to the early days of KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick, when an artist wanted to make a fashion statement, the most common way of doing so was through his or her jewelry selection...

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