Singles: “Type Of Way,” “Differences”; Mixtapes: Still Goin In, Still Goin In (Reloaded), I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In; Guest Appearances: YG’s “My Nigga,” Yo Gotti’s “I Know,” August Alsina’s “Ghetto”
Think It’s A Game Entertainment (TIG)
As-yet-untitled debut album
“I’m surprised Young Thug isn’t here. I feel as if he went hard. I’m surprised Migos isn’t here, but I know y’all don’t do groups. But Young Thug, that’s my brother. He’s a rising star. And PeeWee LongWay, he should have been here. Other than that, I’m glad I’m here.”
“Down South music, Boosie, T.I., Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Kilo Ali, OutKast, Goodie Mob.”
“I was captain of the baseball team, and I was the man. I won best dressed too, so I had swag, and I had all the girls.”
Singles: “R.I.P. Kevin Miller,” “Ronnie Drake,” “Shot You Down”; EPs: Cilvia Demo
Top Dawg Entertainment
“If [Young Thug] ain’t on it, that’d be the one that’s surprising me. Actually, my biggest surprise who is not on here is Vince [Staples]. Vince is hard. Vince is one of the hardest niggas I know as far as my age. He’s one of the most authentic dudes out of the LBC.”
“My influences are OutKast, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, ScHoolboy Q and Wayne. Q is a dude I listened to before I came to TDE. He was the first one I listened to. I heard of Rock first, but Q is the first one, like his wordplay and his stories really made me listen to it.”
“I was real talkative, real shy at the same time. I got too much of an opinion. So sometimes, my opinion is too much for somebody else my age. I like to think I am beyond my years, sometimes.”
Mixtapes: Acid Rap; Guest Appearances: Skrillex’s “Coast Is Clear,” SZA’s “Child’s Play,” Lil Wayne’s “You Song,” Justin Bieber’s “Confident,” James Blake’s “Life Round Here (Remix)”
Chance The Rapper LLC
Recording Social Experiment, release date TBD
“If you guys just had six more Chicago rappers, I would be cool. I thought Young Thug was gonna be here. Yeah, Young Thug and King Louie, I thought both of them would be here.”
“I was a bad kid when I was a freshman in high school. But I was very intelligent and introspective and musical and musically inclined. I used to play more instruments back then and do more music shit. But I was also very inexperienced and uncultured. I hadn’t traveled, I hadn’t heard that much music or met that many people or read that many books. I was just a different kid.”
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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