It’s that time again. June is here, and XXL has revealed the 2018 Freshman Class issue, highlighting a number of rising newcomers for the 11th year.
This year, the class includes: Lil Pump, BlocBoy JB, Ski Mask the Slump God, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Stefflon Don, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral, and Trippie Redd.
“It plays a big part of the culture, I don’t care who you are,” says Trippie Redd.
“It’s a point to prove, like you’ve been working hard forreal,” adds YBN Nahmir.
Apparently, the 10th spot winner was Lil Skies, but he reportedly refused to participate in the cover shoot despite originally accepting the offer.
As with recent issues, people had a problem with the choices. Specifically, Adam (host of the No Jumper podcast) called the list “meaningless” after XXL overlooked controversial, but buzzing New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine.
“Whether you like him or not, we should all be able to agree that leaving 69 off the XXL list means that the XXL list is now meaningless,” Adam tweeted. “He didn’t get left off the cover because the staff disagrees with his behavior. He got left off to appease a condom sponsor. sad!”
whether you like him or not, we should all be able to agree that leaving 69 off the XXL list means that the XXL list is now meaningless
— adam22 (@adam22) June 11, 2018
“XXL list has been meaningless since 2013,” @Evangelhoe tweeted in reply.
“I don’t like 69, but I agree to the fullest,” another wrote.
“The xxl list was never meaningful,” @ChimneySocks wrote.
Whether or not the XXL Freshman Class is as relevant as it was in the past, the annual list has named some artists early that went on to become superstars, including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Travis Scott, Big Sean, 21 Savage and Lil Uzi Vert, among others.
What are you thoughts? Freshman Class still important?