Review: XXL 2013 Freshmen Class.


2013 Freshmen Class.

The artists that will be making this years cover are:

Schoolboy Q
Trinidad Jame$
Joey Bada$$
Action Bronson
Kirko Bangz
Travi$ Scott
Dizzy Wright – 10 Spot People’s Champion Winner
Angel Haze
Chief Keef – “The 11th Freshman”

I love Childish Gambino and I think its a shame he is not on the list. I am familiar with every artist on the list, which is good. I would suggest that some are not really freshmen.
Each artist has their own place because they all represent different parts of hip hop for the most part other than Ab-Soul and Q, which are from the same group.

Action Bronson’s Blue Chips and Joey Bada$$’ 1999 mix tapes were two of the highest rated album/mixtapes of 2012, among all genres from credible sites like Pitchfork. They both have a nice sized following. And get some radio play.

Dizzy Wright’s currently has a song with Joey working its way up the independent charts called “Maintain.” His most recent mixtape has gained some popularity.

Angel Haze obviously is the lone female amongst the group. I would love to see another on the list. She actually spit some bars in one of the cyphers last year at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Chief Keef & Kirko Bangs both made a splash in 2012 but were not members of last year’s class, which most likely accounts for the inclusion this year’s list. Interested to see how they impact 2013.

Trinidad James currently has 2 songs on national radio rotation, which we all know. It’s hard to argue his place on this last. His talent or lack their of is meaningless because his impact is enough to land him on the last.

Ab-Soul and Q are not really freshmen. They are rather popular but some may argue that might be on the list more due to Kendrick’s success. However I would argue differently.

Logic has a cult following. He has unquestioned talent but many question his narrow subject matter. Some like love him, some hate him. I don’t see him having a very impactful year but maybe things will be different.

Travi$ Scott is the least known artist on the list. He has connections to GOOD Music and has had features from the likes of TI. He was an interesting sound. Some compare him to a Kid Cudi. I don’t see it but he definitely has a place on the list.

SNUBS — Childish Gambino, Skizzy Mars, Earl Sweatshirt Los, Rockie Fresh, Mark Battles, Chris Webby, Oddisee, etc

Only Room for So Many!!