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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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Last night, Magic Johnson was interviewed by CNN regarding the claims made against him by the Los Angeles Clippers' disgraced owner Donald Sterling. While the reaction to Sterling's remarks—wherein he said Johnson should be "ashamed" for having AIDS, which he does not have—was vitriolic, it's far from the first time the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been in the headlines. As one of the greatest NBA players of all time—and an ambassador for a disease, HIV, that has had the entire world on edge for decades—he's gotten name-checked in a multitude of hip-hop tracks. With that in mind, XXL has compiled 36 hip-hop songs that reference Magic Johnson. —Dan Rys
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36 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Magic Johnson

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Papoose “They Aint Thugging No More”

Papoose continues to keep his name in the news whether it be from voicing his opinion on Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake, or pumping out new music...

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Papoose Doesn’t Like Kanye West’s “New Slaves”

Papoose is always critical of his peers. First he called Drake's Nothing Was The Same album sweet. Then, he encouraged Jay Z to actively participate in the 5 Percent Nation event and now has taken aim at Kanye West for his song "New Slaves"...

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DJ Kay Slay Featuring Termanology, Chris Rivers, William Young & Papoose “Enter The Cypher” Video

Kay Slay supports his upcoming release The Last Hip Hop Disciple with a visual for lyrically inclined track, "Enter The Cypher" featuring Termanology, Chris Rivers, William Young and Papoose...

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Watch Papoose’s Video For “Cough Up A Lung”

Papoose is back to deliver more bars for the streets. With his new mixtape Hoodie Season 2 out for his fans, Pap continues the promotional run with a video for “Cough Up A Lung...

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Hip-Hop’s 8 Biggest Weddings

With Kim and Kanye set to tie the knot any day now, XXL could not help but think of all the great hip-hop weddings that have come before...

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Papoose Would Like To See Jay Z Attend A Five Percent Nation Event

In a new interview with VladTV, Papoose once again called out Jay Z. This time, he called on the Brooklyn titan to partake in the Five Percent Nation event in Harlem...

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DJ Kay Slay Taps Papoose, Vado, And Ransom For New Video

DJ Kay Slay drops off the video for "Real Hip-Hop" featuring Papoose, Vado, and Ransom. As the three MCs spit raw lyrics accompanied by DJ Kay Slay, the group certainly evokes that native New York hip-hop sound in the clip...

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