Contact Us

2015’s XXL Freshman Class

2015 XXL Freshman Class

Every year XXL has the same challenge: to pick the new artists that we believe are the stars of tomorrow’s hip-hop. It’s difficult to predict the future but we do our homework. We listen to countless hours of music, meet with aspiring Freshmen every day—multiple times a day—for almost six months, attend a plethora of live performances, visit with artists at different studios and even travel out of town to catch up with them. And we ask everyone we come across who they would pick for the class and why. Then we battle it out in many long closed-door sessions, taking turns writing feverishly on a whiteboard, erasing names, adding them back in then crossing them out until we’ve narrowed it down to the final list.

This year was tough as there is such a large pool of talented new artists to pick from, but many are at very similar levels, churning out all different kinds of hip-hop at a bit of a slower pace than many artists of the past. This made the selection process take a little longer than usual. The (nine) Freshmen we pick aren’t just chosen for their skills on the mic, but because we believe they have what it takes to be a star—maybe even a superstar.

The 10th spot is chosen by the public and goes to the nominee with the most votes, who wasn’t already picked for the list at the time of voting. (This year’s winner received the most votes of any of the artists nominated.) The 2015 10th Spot poll received almost 240,000 votes from 139 different countries proving that the power and popularity of the annual XXL Freshman Class reaches far and wide.
So get your pens, pencils, smart phones, tablets, laptops or whatever ready. Once again, class is in session.


Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap

Coming Soon

 

 

 

DeJ Loaf

DeJ Loaf

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Vince Staples

Vince Staples

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Raury

Raury

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Goldlink

GoldLink

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Tink

Tink

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Shy Glizzy

Shy Glizzy

Coming Soon

 

 

 

K Camp

K Camp

Coming Soon

 

 

 

OG Maco

OG Maco

Coming Soon

 

 

 

Kidd Kidd

Kidd Kidd

Coming Soon

 

 

 

SEE ALL FRESHMEN NEWS

Recommended For You

Around the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://freshman.xxlmag.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 2017 XXL Freshman Class quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!