The 2014 XXL Freshman Class cover shoot was insane, wild and utterly incredible, but above all, it was shrouded in mystery. With 12 artists coming in from across the country—complete with entourages, managers and family members—as well multiple photo and video crews, the result was a day that would inspire a serious case of FOMO for any hip-hop fan.
Well, XXL has you covered, with a behind the scenes video featuring some of our favorite moments from the Freshman Class photo shoot. The day—and yes, it did happen all in one day—was a 17-hour runaround, a significant challenge to pull off, all culminating in that one iconic photo. We want you to experience some of the madness that went into the creation of the XXL Freshman Class right along with us, so ditch your fear of missing out, and hit play to get a front row seat to the origin story of XXL‘s Dirty Dozen. You won’t regret it.
Directed by Luke Tedaldi @LukeTedaldiXXL
In case you missed it, here are links to all the XXL Freshmen Class 2014 content we’ve posted so far: