My Thoughts On XXL Freshmen Class 2013

XXL Freshman Cover

XXL has released their annual Freshman Class. I see some names I recognize and some I’ve heard of but I’m just not familiar with their music.

So how do I feel about this year’s Freshman Class from XXL?

First of all here are the names:

  • Schoolboy Q
  • Trinidad Jame$
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Ab-Soul
  • Logic
  • Action Bronson
  • Kirko Bangz
  • Travi$ Scott
  • Dizzy Wright
  • Angel Haze
  • Chief Keef (as the 11th Freshman)

And the breakdown (my opinions).

Short Version:

Only speaking on the 10 Freshmen, half I approve of and the other half I either don’t know or I’m not happy with their inclusion.

Those that I’m not familiar with could well be dope and if so then it’s a great list. The inclusion of one in particular that I do know about makes me want to say f**k this list.

Long Version:

Schoolboy QI love Black Hippy and their whole movement so I’m good with Q being on the list. Even though he’s the third best rapper in the group.

Ab-Soul – Black Hippy once again. My favorite rapper on TDE right now. It’s a toss up between him and Kendrick for the best out of Black Hippy.

Trinidad Jame$ – This is the one rapper that spoils the list for me. Dude admitted that he just started rapping like a year ago. And it shows. But I guess with that “All Gold Everything” heating up the radio, XXL couldn’t resist.

Joey Bada$$ – This guy reminds me about everything that I loved about 90’s hip-hop. Another great pick.

Logic – Logic has bars. I heard one song for him (Young Sinatra III) and had to go listen to his “Undeniable” mixtape. Fitting name for a mixtape because I had some of those songs on repeat.

Action Bronson – The wild Albanian draws comparison to Ghostface Killah but I usually compare him to Big Pun. Another great pick which completes the five that I approve of.

Kirko Bangz – I may have heard him on something with Smoke DZA, I’m not sure. I’m not too familiar with his music but I plan to have a listen in the next couple of days.

Travi$ Scott – Another rapper with a dollar sign in his name. Not sure about him either. Gonna go have a listen.

Dizzy Wright – This the only one I haven’t heard about like ever. I guess they have a good reason for putting him on here. Maybe we’ll hear more about him this year.

Angel Haze – Heard the name. Haven’t heard the music. I’ll take a listen to see if she’s worthy.

Chief Keef – I don’t like.

However it turns out, whether I like Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Angel Haze and Dizzy Wright’s music or not, this is the list that they picked and you can’t change it.

So what do YOU think about XXL’s Freshman picks? Who should have been on there? Who should they have kept off?

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