“2014 XXL Freshmen Cypher” Pt. 1

More entertaining than the individuals, IMO. XXL puts out its first 2014 XXL Freshman Class group cypher and this one features the lineup of Kevin Gates, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Isaiah Rashad, and Chance The Rapper capping it off. Icing on the cake is DJ Drama scratching a lethal production from Don Cannon that acts as the backdrop for the aforementioned freshmen.

Gates was a good first emcee on it because I feel the beat matched his gritty style well. I don’t know if I could say the same for Vic to keep it real, I thought he coulda flowed better and I didn’t vibe with the fake phone call act he started off with. His lyrics had its moments though. August Alsina added a dope dimension to the cypher, singing a pseudo hook to break it up and finish the cypher completely. Isaiah Rashad was the third emcee and though solid, he didn’t stand out like the beginning of Chano’s addition to the cypher up last. Who was your favorite?