XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10 Cover (April 2010)

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via xxlmag.com/freshmen10

The new breed of hustlers includes: Roc Nation’s first signee J. Cole, gangsta rap up-and-comer Nipsey Hu$$le, newly-minted Asylum lyricist Pill, 1017 Brick Squad member OJ Da Juiceman, indie-sensation Wiz Khalifa, G.O.O.D. music’s own Big Sean, underground favorite Fashawn, Gary, Indiana rep Freddie Gibbs, West Coast phenom Jay Rock and the latest addition to the Atlantic roster, Donnis.

XXL will be dropping a mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid next Monday, March 8 featuring new exclusive music from all ten. More info to come soon on the XXL 10 Freshmen for ’10 concert later this month in NYC.

XXL’s April issue hits newsstands March 16 and includes the Freshmen producers, hip-hop soul artists, hip-hop duos & groups, also an in-depth look on what it’s like to be a new rapper today, a look back at last year’s Freshmen class, with an Eye Candy that’ll make you say ahh.


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64 Responses to “XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10 Cover (April 2010)”

  1. &What?! - C.R.E.A.M. Says:

    Donnis looks like a fag.

  2. Dewill Says:

    smh at people smoking weed, like really

    ^^^^^
    I still do

    Waddup tho??

  3. cOLD Says:

    this is the supposed future of hip hop. Roffle.

  4. cOLD Says:

    Dewill Says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am
    smh at people smoking weed, like really

    ^^^^^
    I still do

    Waddup tho??

    ^ so when the stress gets a little thick to cut through, how you handle that.

  5. Joe 88 Says:

    this is the supposed future of hip hop. Roffle.

    *dead*

    J. Cole & Wiz Khalifa is good, can’t really speak on the rest of them niggas.

  6. soapy Says:

    If this is the new breed the future is fucking doomed.

  7. Van Sertima Says:

    j, gibbs, khalifa, everybody else is garbage.

    smfh

  8. Dewill Says:

    ^ so when the stress gets a little thick to cut through, how you handle that.

    ^^^^^
    Niggas have different vices to get them over… I just handle shit like a man and realize things are not in my hands… I do what I can do… and let the man upstairs handle the rest..

  9. cOLD Says:

    and let the man upstairs handle the rest..

    ^ I see I said.

  10. Furiou$tylez aka I cant be godbody smoking these Newports Says:

    cOLD Says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am
    this is the supposed future of hip hop. Roffle.

    ^
    half of them niggas are gay…

  11. Joe 88 Says:

    >>>Niggas have different vices to get them over… I just handle shit like a man

    *Shots fired @ potheads*

    lol. My cuz don’t smoke or drink really and that shit is fucking disgusting (n) nigga I need a blunt just to be sober, but a nice L and a glass on henny on the rocks is the ultimate sedation after a stressful day. Almost better than fucking honestly………………almost.

  12. Remixznflow Says:

    gibbs is underrated imo….

    dude has bars…

  13. Duy Nguyen Says:

    nickelus f NICKELUS F!

  14. Joe 88 Says:

    OH SHIT, THIS NAS MIXTAPE GOT STAY CHISLED (N) WITH ALL OF NAS VERSES, WOW.

    Nas first verse >

  15. Remixznflow Says:

    who is THIS new chick on first and 10 with the hotpants on?

  16. landlord Says:

    cOLD Says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am
    Word to that I moved into my crib last month, it still mad empty but it feels good to have ya own crib

    ^ Music sounds mad acoustic, when blasted in an empty crib

    ——–

    word to my almost empty ass living room with the hardwood floors and low ceilings back in St. Paul…. my grandiose Sony BoomBox on the floor with the extra woofer sounded orchestral in that crib … i miss the studio quality acoustics in that old building …

    2002 > _________

    shout out to residents of the Tilsner Artists Co-Op…

  17. landlord Says:

    noise > nas

  18. Beezy Says:

    if you on the fold out page you lost

    and J. Cole was around for last year’s Freshman list…he should’ve declined like Drake did

  19. Remixznflow Says:

    # Beezy Says:
    March 1st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    if you on the fold out page you lost

    and J. Cole was around for last year’s Freshman list…he should’ve declined like Drake did

    ^
    shit there is one nigga on the FIRST page that lost…

  20. Joe 88 Says:

    Bravehearts – “What you gonna do? feat Nas” >

    This beat was tough, and Wiz was going in on this track.

  21. Troyvul Says:

    if you on the fold out page you lost
    ^
    Pretty accurate…Those on the cover would be expected to put up biggest numbers

  22. cOLD Says:

    say word, they got a documentary on Epic Beard man, say fucking word.

  23. Van Sertima Says:

    Why the fuck am I just hearing of Tarica June?

    I lost.

    she’s rhyming over lupe beats ! ! ! arrrgggg

    wtf ?!?!?!

    *reluctantly hands over late pass*

    *vows to listen to Tarica for the rest of the day*

    *falls in love with hip hop again*

  24. "A" Chick Le Fleur - I Got My Billions UP Says:

    Beezy Says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 10:08 am
    if you on the fold out page you lost

    and J. Cole was around for last year’s Freshman list…he should’ve declined like Drake did
    ————–
    Nah Beezy cause The Warm Up hadn’t even dropped yet when last year’s list came out. I didn’t even know who J.Cole was…..

  25. Joe 88 Says:

    Made you look the remix wit me up on it
    I copped your shit just to break weed up on it

  26. Remixznflow Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    March 1st, 2010 at 10:14 am

    say word, they got a documentary on Epic Beard man, say fucking word.

    ^i saw this

    dude is cashin in… hes 7 of 15 min in on his fame..

  27. Remixznflow Says:

    # Joe 88 Says:
    March 1st, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Made you look the remix wit me up on it
    I copped your shit just to break weed up on it

    ^and everythings real i see/
    like the niggas that been home but they only got a jail i.d.

  28. Joe 88 Says:

    Niggas don’t wanna hear that dictionary rap – Waka Flocka

    *dead*

    the names niggas come up with for “lyrical rap” is priceless.

  29. Van Sertima Says:

    kill television (c)

  30. You should call me Uncle a.k.a I know you moms well Says:

    O.J’s tropicana chain won.

  31. Tdot Says:

    GEORGE REEFAH !!!

  32. Joe 88 Says:

    Daps D_Kit_Kat for that nas link, I was tryna find nas “wanna play rough” (n) song for years. This beat still goes.

  33. Beezy Says:

    yo that story about Jeulz’ birthday is priceless

  34. JihaD Says:

    Pill, Gibbs, Nipsey, and Jay Rock… The rest of these niggas can go roleplay as trannies for Eddie Murphy…

    JihaD

  35. landlord Says:

    how the hell is wiz khalifah a freshman?

    nigga put out an LP in 2006…

    SMH

  36. JihaD Says:

    if you on the fold out page you lost

    and J. Cole was around for last year’s Freshman list…he should’ve declined like Drake did

    ^^^

    Why? Its not like Camel is promoting him or anything, and he needs all the help he can get to not do 09 Freshman numbers (Cudi not withstanding).

    JihaD

  37. Real Talk Says:

    Nippsey and J. Cole can spit! and out of everybody I think Nippsey is going to have the longest career. I can’t really say the same for J. Cole just because I haven’t heard a song from him yet, just mixtape stuff.

    Donnis, Big Sean, and Wiz are Ok.. they have some good moments but overall they’re just ok. I don’t see them having long careers.

    People need to be on the lookout for Freddie Gibbs and Pill..

    Everybody else is WHACK!!!!

  38. MC Donalds Says:

    Say what you will… at least there are no white rappers

  39. landlord Says:

    XXL 10 Freshmen for 2011

    Lupe Fiasco
    Bubba Sparxx
    Del The Funkee Homosapien
    Saigon
    Heather B
    Skoob from Das EFX
    Jimmy Valentime
    Lesane Parrish
    Tela
    Pimp C

  40. White and on Nahright Says:

    YOUNG JEW
    AYE AYE AYE OKAY

  41. Troyvul Says:

    Fack your mudddderrr

  42. TheOmega Says:

    Lol a niggas not knowing Who Nipsy hustle is. That nigga gets a co-sign from every major west coast player as he should, his music is single handley bringing the west back, and this is coming from an east coast cat. He’s the only up there besides wiz that deserves XXL shine.

  43. Cedric Says:

    Yuck!

    Should rename this list: “Top 10 Rap Niggas To Ignore 2010″

  44. cforl_ Says:

    fuck that cover, it just needs to be curren$y and curren$y alone… real leader

  45. justin Says:

    Xxl fucked up dorrough should have been on this list. He sold more albums than any of them. But I’m not saying he better though. But he made an impact

  46. youngscrew Says:

    lol at landlord
    j.cole=blu (classic albums)
    pill=mickey factz (will lie about being apart of a label)
    nipsey=cory gunz (mixtape rapper)
    wiz=curren$y (good rapper if he stops the weed talk)
    oj da jewman=ace hood (nigga what you doin on this cover)
    freddie gibbs=b.o.b (labels keep pushing you album back)
    big sean=asher roth(mixtapes better than album) *side note big sean did kilt that lemonade beat*
    fashawn=c.hamilton(makes dumb mistakes but still dope)
    jay rock=wale(enough said)
    donnis=kid cudi (gay gay gay and just gay )

  47. justsayin Says:

    “fans of these freshman is about to get iffy?”

    it’s not just about who you know, but also who ‘they’ know.

    see yall in ’11

  48. web Says:

    # justin Says:
    March 1st, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Xxl fucked up dorrough should have been on this list. He sold more albums than any of them. But I’m not saying he better though. But he made an impact

    ^smh…define “impact”

    OJs stylist >>>>

  49. Mr.Promo Says:

    Top 3 Freshmen on this whack ass list…(in this order)

    1.) Wiz Khalifa
    2.) J.Cole
    3.) Big Sean

    Wiz Khalifa’s “Prince of The City 2″ = Classic

    J. Cole’s “The Warm Up” = Classic

    Big Sean’s “UKnowBIGsean vol.2″ = Classic

    J.Cole and Sean gotta deal wit the two biggest egos in the game just to get their 1st albums out which is a problem. Wiz already got 2 albums under his belt and the 2nd merked iTunes. OJ shouldn’t even be on the list. Jay Rock and Nipsey only gettin shine cuz Game ain’t doin nuthin out west rite now. Donnis, Pill, and Gibbs will get destroyed by the labels. and i can’t speak on Fashawn cuz i haven’t heard ‘em yet

  50. Marcus X Says:

    Where is YELAWOLF? Are you serious? Where is Jay Electronica? This class is bogus.

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  52. billy Says:

    where is waka flocka flames?

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  54. dareason Says:

    why they got the west coast niggas sitting down?

    *sees* hidden message*

  55. Underground Advocate Says:

    OJ Da Juiceman?

    Are you fucking kidding me? Nice joke, but April Fools Day is still a month away. You might as well have Eli Porter up there on that list as well.

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  58. Teddy Says:

    this list is bullshit non of these dudes will do shit only legitimate freshmen on there are j.cole and nipps
    this will be like the freshmen cover with lupe where only person even relevant today is lupe no one on that list did shit saigon still doesnt even have his album out what the fuck is a papooose crooked i is in a super bum rapper group atleast last years freshmen they all prettyy much managed to drop an album i don’t see that happening with these dudes cept nips j.cole

  59. GMZ804VA Says:

    # Underground Advocate Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    OJ Da Juiceman?

    Are you fucking kidding me? Nice joke, but April Fools Day is still a month away. You might as well have Eli Porter up there on that list as well.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Word to that.

  60. mackattack Says:

    niggas not feelin fashawn?
    him and J. Cole the tightest ones on the list. though the nigga dropped an album this yr, so idk how he’s considered a freshmen(whatever that means now a days)
    wiz is nice but smoke WAY too much weed
    big sean is straight, the rest can go and digg a hole

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  63. Thestiffler Says:

    Now I look at this list and think alright, there’s different kinds of genre in rap and XXL tried to choose a rep for each one. Big fan of Wiz and Big Sean, and I just started hearing J. Cole and Nipsey, but OJ The Juiceman? Are you telling me niggas can get on this list with one 16? Should just put Silk The Shocker on the cover, fuck the list

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