Videos + Photos: XXL’s Freshmen ’10 Showcase (feat. Cam’ron & Vado, Freddie Gibbs, Pill, Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock & Donnis)

Photos courtesy of WireImage & KirillWasHere. More photos from Ernest Estimé over @ UHTN.

XXL’s Freshmen ’10 Live concert went down last night (March 31) at New York City’s Highline Ballroom.

The show, hosted by DJ Envy of Power 105.1 and sponsored by MTV2 & Corona, was packed from wall to wall with fans waiting to see their favorite freshmen and the headliner for the evening, Cam’ron.

Veteran Doug E. Fresh made a surprise appearance during the show before headliner Cam’ron hopped onstage. The Harlemite arrived around 1 a.m. with an entourage of about 40 members all supporting Killa’s latest protege Vado. The young rapper went through his standout cuts, like his Big L tribute “Large on the Streets,” “Stop it 5″ and “Ric Flair,” before Killa jumped into “something a little more familiar.” Cam had the crowd in a frenzy as he rocked out to “Down and Out,” “Leave Me Alone,” “Wet Wipes” and “Get it in Ohio.”

[via Mikey Fresh]

[Cam’ron & Vado “Stop It 5” + “Ric Flair” via RR]

[Vado’s “Large On The Streets” (Big L Tribute) via RR]

The night started off with a set by Jay Rock. The gruff voiced MC brought along up-and-coming Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar, to play hype man, as he performed a handful of of his mixtape staples, including the hit single “All My Life.”

Freddie Gibbs followed, starting off his set list with “Womb to the Tomb,” his collaboration with fellow classmate Pill.

The Gary, Indiana rep later brought out Jay Rock to premiere their duet off his upcoming Str8 Killa No Filla mixtape, “Rep to the Fullest.”

[via Mikey Fresh]

[Freddie Gibbs ft. Jay Rock “Rep To The Fullest” via RR]

[Pill “Ok Denn” via RR]

When Nipsey Hussle arrived, his entourage clashed with Rock’s flamed up crew backstage but it was all love. Both crews celebrated unity by shaking hands with one another in the midst of throwing up their hoods. L.A. transplant Gibbs and Neighborhood Nip even took shots of Hennessy with Jay Rock in honor of his birthday.

[Nipsey Hussle “Killer” + “Hussle In The House” via TMG]

Next up was Kanye West protege Big Sean, who performed his popular song, “Getcha Some” and a new track called “Fuck You Doin’ (Bullshit),” as well as his “Supa Dupa Lemonade” freestyle.

[Big Sean “Fuck You Doin’ (Bullshit)” via SeeLifeLikeMe]

[Big Sean “Supa Dupa Lemonade” via SeeLifeLikeMe]

Donnis wowed the audience with a slew of surprises. Not only did he have a violinist accompanying him, the newly-signed Atlantic rapper boasted cameos from Estelle and Ryan Leslie, who played the keyboards during the Atlanta Brave’s rendition of “Gone.”

[Donnis brings out Estelle via RR]

[Donnis brings out Ryan Leslie via RR]

Words by XXLMag’s Brooklyne Gipson.

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60 Responses to “Videos + Photos: XXL’s Freshmen ’10 Showcase (feat. Cam’ron & Vado, Freddie Gibbs, Pill, Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock & Donnis)”

  1. kufi-Smacks Says:


  2. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    Just Doin My Job
    U Don’t Know Me
    Praying For Help
    No More Talk
    Be Easy
    T.I. vs T.I.P. (song, not the album)
    Be Better Than Me
    What You Know
    I’m Illy
    Ride Wit Me
    Slide Show
    You Ain’t Missing Nothin’
    Dead and Gone

    These songs are all good to great

  3. Scholar Says:

    I hope all these XXL Freshmen dudes enjoyed last night…cause a year from now they’re gonna look back and realize that’s as good as they are ever gonna have it…it’s sad in a way how they’re somewhat hapless victims of empty blog buzz…because they were somewhat arbitrarily chosen by a handful of blog tastemakers that they had “next”, they get put on that cover and expectations they have no realistic chance of ever meeting placed on their shoulders….say what you want about Millz, but the guy had a point…empty blog buzz is the hip hop equivalent to the increasingly worthless U.S. dollar…artificial value with nothing of real worth to stand behind it…these guys got all this “blog buzz” with not even a semblance of actual tangible fanbases in the real world…like really, what does the future hold for a guy like Pill once his album drops and sells 27K copies the first week? Then what? He laughs at Millz for being in the game for 10 years with no album, but the guy at least has his share of a gold album and two singles that have sold upward of 4 millions copies that’ll produce publishing and royalties for the rest of his life…Pill has no Wayne to fall back on…he’ll be a less successful Ace Hood…the game is rough now a days

  4. JihaD Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    but in the 90’s he would not out shine most of suave house and rapalot artist…

    Outside of Scarface, nobody on either label was/is fucking with Clifford.


    Eightball & MJG >>> Anything Clifford ever rapped, and I been fucking with TIP since he got booed on Spelman’s campus in 2000, right before he dropped I’m Serious.


  5. Scholar Says:

    Outside of Scarface, nobody on either label was/is fucking with Clifford.


    Blasphemy…it’s a damn shame that so many people that know nothing of southern rap but what they’ve read over the years in the orthodox east coast biased hip hop media and the messegeboard/blog circles sincerely believe such bullshit….it’s as if nobody from the south gets props but Face and Outkast…

    8Ball & MJG
    Big Mike
    Tela (i hear a lot of him in Tip’s style)

    We all at the very least, Tip’s equals

  6. Polka Says:


  7. Chip Says:

    Yo does anyone who was there know the name of the first cpl songs Jay Rock performed, shit was pretty tough!

  8. Jewtino Says:


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