The 2016 XXL Freshman cover is finally out, marking the ninth annual cover for us. Over the years, we've seen some pretty great MCs take part in the Freshman Class franchise while at the same time, some of the rising talent fell through the cracks. Although the cover is the main reason that everyone comes together each year, little do people know, the connections, laughs and mishaps are what really bring the character to each shoot. Above, XXL highlights the behind-the-scenes moments from the classes over the years.

The 2016 class includes Oxnard, California’s Anderson .Paak; Atlanta’s 21 Savage; Pompano Beach, Florida’s Kodak Black; Philadelphia’s Lil Uzi Vert; Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania’s Lil Dicky; Harlem’s Dave East; Carol City, Florida’s Denzel Curry; Brooklyn’s Desiigner; Chicago’s G Herbo and 10-Spot winner ATL’s Lil Yachty.

The issue will hit stands on June 28, the same day as the New York City show at PlayStation Theater. The Los Angeles Show will be on July 25 and other shows will be announced at a later date. Tickets are on sale now here.

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