For over a decade, legendary hip hop magazine, XXL has been nominating several candidates into a class known as the Freshman list. This list is dedicated to showcase the hottest up and coming rappers in the game. Alumni on this list includes J.Cole, Nipsey Hussle and many, many more. This annual list is always both exciting and controversial. Some of the selections are met with several fake hip hop critics bidding their taste as higher as the hand-selectors of the list. But, you can't please everyone/ This year's list makes no difference. Here is our take on the 2019 XXL Freshman List.
Pros of the List
Unlike any of its predecessors, this year's Freshman list has a large ranking of up and coming male and female artists. We are excited to see hip hop's new leading ladies on the list. Megan the Stallion, Rico Nasty, and Tierra Whack represent various styles of hip hop including that 90's sex appeal Trina or Lil Kim inspired sound, that Gothic soundcloud wave of rap, and unprecedented lyrical genius sound . We are also excited to see a couple of break out artists such as DaBaby, YBN Cordae, and Roddy Rich. Yes we're even happy with Blueface!
We first want to say that majority of these choices are not us saying we think these artists do not deserve to be on the list. However, we do feel that these selected artist need a little bit of an edge to add them to this prestigious list.
Gunna- Now we are absolutely not upset with this addition to the list. Gunna has had an impressive last two years with back to back hits and collaborations. The only reason this choice is questionable is because where there is Gunna, there is Lil Baby. Both artists came up around the same time and their similar styles brought us classics such as "Drip Too Hard" and "Close Friends". We are excited to see Gunna on this list but it just seems weird that his fellow artist and friend did not make the cut.
Lil Mosey & Comethazine- We were introduced to both artists thanks to the wave of young Soundcloud rappers. Building an underground fan base is definitely what got these two artists to the top. Unfortunately, did they make this list a little too soon. Now, both of these young artists are extremely talented but, we feel they have way more to offer. Neither have a signature song that a standard lover of music can point out. After build a stronger career and commercial fan base we feel the two would've be a great addition for up and coming years.
YK Osiris- Another young artist who is indeed talented. With his viral hit "Worth It" this is a great example of a growing hip hop star. However, he is still so young and new. With a little bit more wiggle room, the artist can develop a little more beyond a You Tube and Instagrammable artist.
Great Additions for 2019's List
YNW Melly (pre murder charge)