The Best XXL Freshman Class RANKED

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Since 2007, XXL has compiled a Freshman 10 list in hopes of instilling a sense of promise to the rap game. They would handpick 10 emcees who they thought possessed the juice needed to segue from bubbling rapper to full-fledge superstar. They were able to predict accurately on several occasions with Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and more. They did drop the ball at times calling on Diggy Simmons, O.J. the Juiceman and Donnis for the win. While the job of picking 10 rookies to shine in the big league is definitely an arduous task, we give credit where credit is due. Take a look as we breakdown which class is the best one to date.


Kendrick Lamar

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