Before you read my thoughts. Go vote for one of these freshmen. I vote for Troy Ave. I know you don’t care, so go vote HERE so you can have an opinion.
Another year, another sketchy list of freshmen from XXL. I thought I had a lot to say about the 2012 list last year, guess I was wrong. This years list is flooded with artists from last years lists and artists who have been around for multiple years. I can see having an artist on here when it is only his/her second or third of rapping. Only if they were not on the list before. That is like being red shirted. For instance, Angel Haze has been around for at least three years. She had a small buzz off of tumblr and then slowly blew up. But artists like Los, who has been around for over 10 years should have no part in this list. Yes, I know he is making a comeback and that’s great. But that doesn’t mean he should have a pass.
I only see a few true freshmen on this list. The only ones of age to be actual freshmen is the entire G.B.E squad. But XXL does not discriminate by age. I mean, look at one of our favorite Curren$y. But it would be nice if they had a better structure when planning these freshmen lists. Try not to have repeat artists on the list. How can you be a freshmen two years in a row unless you failed. If you’re on the XXL Freshmen list two years in a row. That means you failed your freshmen year. Which means you failed as a rapper. It would be a slap in the face to be on an up and coming list two years in a row. They’re basically saying you haven’t excelled at all. Just blame Stalley. I do and life has gotten so much easier.
When I choose my freshmen from the list. I choose who I like the best out of what they have given me. Not who has the biggest buzz or most hits on the radio. I just pick the artists that you won’t and could careless about your opinion. I respect your opinion but don’t care about or would argue you about it. Here is my list in alphabetical order. Yes, there are 12 artists circled. Only reason for that is because I put the whole G.B.E squad into one. They all have had huge years and hits.I know Chief had by far the best, but they all deserve to be in this in my opinion.
2. Angel Haze
3. Fat Trel
4. G.B.E Squad (Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk)
6. Riff Raff
8. Trinidad James
9. Troy Ave
10. Young Scooter