Every year XXL releases a list announcing the next wave of rappers that are next up. Along with the list announcement XXL also drops freestyles and interviews from each artist and provides them with a great amount of exposure. XXL has predicted the success of many rap stars like Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Travis Scott by adding them to prior freshman lists. This year XXL freshman class includes; Kamaiyah, A Boogie, PNB Rock, XXXtentacion, Madeintyo, Playboicarti, Amine, Uglygod, Kap G, and Kyle. I think XXL did a good job with this list, although I believe NBA Youngboy, Montana of 300, Rich the Kid, Famous Dex, YFN Lucci, and Blac Youngsta could’ve easily been on the list as well. Every year a new list is dropped there is always controversy on who should have and who shouldn’t have made the freshman class. There are a lot of good artists right now especially in the music streaming era, and it’s hard to include them all on the list. Whether you agree with the choices of this year’s list or not you should check out each artist, and wait to see if any blow up in 2017.