After a long wait, it’s finally Freshman season again and today, XXL is proud to reveal our highly-anticipated 2015 XXL Freshman Class. This year, we’re presenting 10 up-and-coming rappers who we feel, collectively and individually, are defining the new wave of hip-hop.
This year’s selection process was, as always, an especially tough one, but we’ll get to that later. Without further ado, the 10 MCs in the 2015 XXL Freshman Class are DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, K Camp, OG Maco, Raury, Shy Glizzy, Tink, Vince Staples and the winner of the fan-voted 10th Spot, Kidd Kidd.
Running throughout the month, we’ll be rolling out profiles, interviews, roundtables and our famous cyphers—hosted once again by DJ Drama—and freestyles from each member of this year’s eighth annual Class, as well as exclusive photos and video from our 2015 XXL Freshman Class shoot and plenty more beginning with the behind-the-scenes video from our shoot, below. And with this year’s group, they’re not to miss. Plus, check out our Freshmen performing live in New York City at the Best Buy Theater on Tuesday, June 30 and in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater on Monday, July 13 to catch the new Class in action.