Watch Every 2016 XXL Freshmen Cypher
The XXL Freshman Freestyles are a great showcase for lyrical ability and Desiigner's "Timmy Turner" freestyle certainly had the Internet going nuts, but as a solo endeavor, they lack the sort of group camaraderie only found in the XXL Freshmen cyphers. While making the annual list of exciting up-and-comers is a reflection of individual achievement, the cyphers are engrossing for the way in which each rapper interacts with another, providing ad-libs or reactions, dropping names with friendly reverence. Here's a look at every cypher from the 2016 XXL Freshman class.
Up above, Denzel Curry, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage and Kodak Black are all smiles as they lean and rock out to one another's freestyles, while below, G Herbo and Dave East exchange bars like prized fighters going toe-to-toe. "G Herbo you know me / I guess that I’m a freshman no but I’ve been an OG / It’s ok cause all my life there’s been someone before me / It always takes someone to step up say I’m one and only," Chicago's finest raps as he takes the mic.
Further down, Lil Dicky, Desiigner and Anderson .Paak keep the wheels spinning with LD stealing the show with rhymes hotter than a crowded bus, though he couldn't officially dismount until Desiigner let off one his signature tongue rolls.
Watch all 10 2016 XXL Freshman rap in the three cypher videos included above and below, and let us know who you think came with the strongest bars. A bit further down is a gallery full of behind-the-scenes photos that further capture the good vibes and good times shared.
Behind-the-Scenes Photos From the 2016 XXL Freshman Shoot