The 2014 XXL Freshman Class.
Chicago leads all cities with four representas: Chance, Vic Mensa, Lil Durk, and Lil Bibby. Other rappers taking their expected places are TDE’s Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, and Rich Homie Quan. Filling it out is Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina, Troy Ave, Jarren Benton, and Jon Connor. “*Yeah we’ve got R&B this year”, says XXL.
Congrats to all involved — it’s certainly a great look like in year’s past. But does the spot on the cover really carry that much weight? My answer is: No, at least not as much as it used to. Music blogs (like you’re favorite one here :D) has put many of these artists on your radar for more than a year, so the definition of “freshman” becomes as skewed as ever. You get artists on here like, most obviously, Chance who fans were all up in arms about for his 2013 snub because of everything he’s accomplished for the 2-3 years prior. I guess I just wish there were harder prerequisites that define a “freshman”. It’s just subjective at the end of the day, after all. Again though, it is a great look as you’ll see on your Twitters that everyone is talking about it this evening. Weigh in there with your thoughts! @gowherehiphop