XXL’s Freshman List Is Confusing, Asks Readers To Vote

XXL’s Freshman List Is Confusing, Asks Readers To Vote

10-spot-2013-xxl-freshmenAt first glance, this is pretty confusing. Apparently XXL has confirmed nine rappers on their 2013 Freshman Class, but they want readers to vote on the final ten spot. With that, they have put up a voting page where fans can cast a vote for who they think deserves that spot. The thing is, there are a ton of fantastic MCs on here, so there is obviously going to be a ton of overlap.

It is always tough defining a true “Freshman.” Does that mean they are putting out their first song, mixtape or album? What exactly is XXL’s criteria? The fact of the matter is, we have been pondering this all morning and can’t come up a reason why XXL is doing this. The whole voting process just makes things incredibly confusing.

Don’t believe me? Check out XXL’s wording here. This might be a ploy to simply throw people off, but totally disruptive nonetheless. You can cast your vote here, if that’s something you are into. Let us know what you think about this whole charade in the comments section below.

UPDATE: It looks like XXL is just trying to gain more attention by having us vote for a bunch of people who will probably end up on the list anyway. This whole thing is terribly confusing and should have been presented in a clearer fashion. It’s obvious who will make the list, so why not just make the 10th pick a true vote?


  1. Kristopher
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 18:30:00

    A spot on the freshmen list is often more of a curse then a blessing. The only pick not to be cursed, is Kendrick Lamar. Lupe Fiasco when bat-ish crazy, Lil Boosie is in prison, Charles Hamilton went into a mental ward, Curren$y was getting sued by or suing Dame Dash, Cory Gunz got arrested on gun charges, Blu rarely shows up, Nipsey Hussle’s buzz has died down considerably, Wiz Khalifa dumped his fan base, Pill got dropped from MMG, Mac Miller was getting sued by Lord Finese, Roscoe Dash had to claim he wrote some of Wale’s songs as well as Kanye’s. The list goes on and so does the bad luck.
    I would hope A$AP Ferg, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Stalley, Joey Bada$$, and a couple others DON’T make it, simply b/c I want to see their careers flourish.

  2. King VitaMN
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:28:00

    Damn near every artist on this list released an album in 2012. I don’t understand.

    And this voting thing is obviously just a ploy to get the artists in question to reach out to their Twitter followers for votes, thus increasing page views.

  3. Suraj
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:14:00

    where the fuck is nacho picasso
    this is bullshit

  4. j*wavvy ( •̑ ૄ •̆ )
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 13:58:00

    ^^^^^THIS. ALL OF THIS.

    also, a majority of the so-called freshman are usually emcees who have been making moves for a couple years now but are just starting to get more hype & attention in the past few months. & honestly, the last year a majority of the freshmen even did anything was the 2011 class, aside from diggy. it’s just all popularity & buzz, not real music or mc skills but we’re still gonna talk about it so XXL still wins.

  5. Raj
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 13:40:00

    just voted and saw that they use surveymonkey, nuff said.

  6. Đ℞ΞV/
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 13:33:00

    same as last year.

    Personally i think xxl is way overrated and I have no idea why it should continue to have this status and high regard in authority hip hop. Have you read XXL?

    There are many other more esteemed sites that I would say would have a bigger influence in the hip-hop and music listening world and are overall much more relevant than xxl.

    Then “freshmen” does not make sense. First it implies these are new artists, when they might have been in the game for a while and captured notoriety in the past year.

    Also the list is always seems to be bias to the “blowing up” phenomenon to the point of obsession. It is not rewarding rappers who are making the best music but to artists who will be the next big chart topping hit makers. “blowing up” as a concept makes no sense because one cannot measure that. If an artist does not become wildly successful in the mainstream and have huge album sales, the album is a flop. By that standards most of the beloved emcees would never make the list because they dont go gold within two weeks or on the radio.
    it promotes rappers to be competitive with each other in sales. This leads to rappers to be less original artists and to focus on the lowest common denominators when it comes to judging who is a better artist; i.e how much money they make.

    Jan 22, 2013 @ 13:10:00

    xxl is on that bull! that’s my comment. either that or they are playing a very clever trick. like the top 10 from this voting list will make the list

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