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The XXL Freshman 2015 Freestyles Are Going Live June 15

The 2015 XXL Freshman cover has been unveiled and as you may know, along with the announcement comes a lot more. A major part of our annual list is not only the magazine, but the individual freestyles...

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Every XXL Freshman Freestyle Over the Years

Since our second Freshman Class in 2009, each edition of our annual up-and-coming MC spotlight issue has included a slew of different stories, videos and interviews to showcase the year's new crop of talent...

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Twitter Reacts to the 2015 XXL Freshman Cover

The roster of XXL Freshman for 2015 has been revealed!

As always, XXL has rounded up who we think are stars-in-the-making and who are not only hot right now, but also have a future in the rap game...

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Every XXL Freshman Cover Over the Years

Today we unveiled the 2015 XXL Freshman cover, the eighth year in a row that we've given shine to a bunch of up-and-comers in the game on our cover...

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Check Out The Video From The XXL Freshmen 2013 Concert In NYC

Go behind-the-scenes at the Monster Energy's Outbreak Tour Presents: XXL 2013 Freshman Live in NYC.

Featuring interviews and outtakes from Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Trinidad Jame$, Travi$ Scott, Logic, Dizzy Wright, Kirko Bangz, ScHoolboy Q, DJ Drama, B...

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2014 marks the seventh year in a row that XXL has rolled out its annual Freshman Class, acknowledging the top up-and-coming rappers in the game that particular year. With 62 Freshmen having graced the cover since 2008, there have been plenty of rappers who have gone on to superstardom, selling millions of records and grabbing Grammys and VMAs alongside the top names in the business, and others who haven't quite been able to capitalize on the momentum they'd built before becoming a Freshman.

This year, 12 more artists join the ranks of XXL's Freshmen alums, and they've got a big year ahead of themselves breaking into the mainstream and becoming household names in their own right. But the cover itself won't guarantee success; it's the hard work that goes into building on its momentum that can make or break a star. With that in mind, we asked 22 former XXL Freshmen to share any advice they have for this year's crop of talent. Keep it movin'. —Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys

22 Former XXL Freshmen Have Advice For The 2014 Class

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XXL Freshmen 2008: Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Joell Ortiz, Plies, Saigon, Rich Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Young Dro, Papoose, Crooked I

XXL’s Freshmen Covers Over The Years

XXL Freshmen 2014 marks the seventh time we've given shine to a bunch of up-and-comers in the game on our cover. It all started with the "Leaders Of The New School" issue above from 2007, where we named hip-hop's next superstars...

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Charles Hamilton, Class Of ’09 – 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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La Flame Don’t Play No Games: My Day With Travi$ Scott

My Day With Travi$ Scott

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