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Predicting the 2018 XXL Freshman List

The XXL Freshman List isn’t too far away now as we prepare to see who the supposed new faces of rap are. In recent years we have seen success stories like Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper come out of this system, as well as some truly unsuccessful cases such as Iggy Azalea and Desiigner; but who will be on the list this year? Viberant have predicted the names here:

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The XXL Freshman List: Best and Worst Cases

Every year, hip-hop publication XXL produce a list of 10 of the biggest up-and-comers in the rap genre; the staple figures they deem to be the flag bearers of a new era of rap music. Ever since it’s induction in 2007 fans have eagerly awaited the artists selected as the “Leaders of the New School” as XXL themselves put it in their first edition. Here we will look at some of the best cases of these covers, mainly the artists who have gone on to live up to their hype and beyond, but also the very worst cases, those who faded into irrelevancy not too long after their cover appearance. Continue reading “The XXL Freshman List: Best and Worst Cases”