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. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Fuck Diggy Simmons.

  2. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    He hasn’t gotten that much attention since he’s been released.
    ===========================================
    Yeah he has.

    And what does Billboard have to do with the quality of the music?

    Paper Trail = T.I.’s Graduation

    T.I. Vs. T.I.P. may have been disjointed as an album but…

    Hurt, Tell Em I Said That, Respect This Hustle, Watch What You Say To Me…this is the T.I.P. I wanna hear.

  3. Yung Hopp Says:

    Hurt, Tell Em I Said That, Respect This Hustle, Watch What You Say To Me…this is the T.I.P. I wanna hear.

    ^^

    From what he said on that video, you probably won’t be disappointed.

  4. Officer Duscrom Says:

    SMH at that picture of ryan leslie…Both he and drake be wearing that exact same tight striped shirt with the sleeves rolled up

  5. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    *Jae Millz’s it up*

    Vado > half the XXL Freshmen list

  6. Skinny Says:

    Whos Ryan Leslie? Do I win for not knowin?

  7. Video: XXL’s Freshmen ‘10 Showcase (feat. Cam’ron & Vado, Freddie Gibbs, Pill, Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock & Donnis) | Def Pen Radio 71.8 Says:

    [...] Props to : NR [...]

  8. k1ng Says:

    I dont give a fuck what anyone says but T.Is verse on Crown Me and SLU was on some Next ish.

    Real Rap!

  9. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    Coach K is 63, man.

  10. rex hussla Says:

    I haven’t even heard Vado’s Ric Flair…but it’s safe to say:

    Rustee Juxx – Vic Flair >>>>> Ric Flair

  11. Charles Oakley Says:

    I dont give a fuck what anyone says but T.Is verse on Crown Me
    ^^
    yeah

  12. Jersey*made*me Says:

    This XXL freshmen shit is getting out of hand.Who really gives a shit about these rappers? Niggas ain’t done shit.

  13. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Rustee Juxx – Vic Flair >>>>> Ric Flair
    ===================================
    Nah. Not really.

  14. rex hussla Says:

    I’ve heard potential out of all these cats except for Donnis…am I sleeping on this cat? I don’t think anybody listens to this cats shit. I think I dl’ed a mixtape and deleted after a listen.

  15. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Why are niggas trying to justify T.I.? The nigga’s dope,point blank.If niggas don’t like him,they don’t like him.

  16. rex hussla Says:

    Nah. Not really.
    ________________

    Really Amp? I’ll take that as advice to check out Vado’s music because that Rustee Juxx track makes me want to slap the shit out of whoever is standing next to me.

  17. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    # Jersey*made*me Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Why are niggas trying to justify T.I.? The nigga’s dope,point blank.If niggas don’t like him,they don’t like him.

    ^

    We could say that about almost anybody though, right? That we like, I mean.

  18. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    You said what has he done so those accolades don’t qualify as doing something? And Graduation is my favorite Ye LP so what you saying? lol..Paper Trail was the truth. Niggas don’t like artist to evolve, they just want them to make the music they like their whole career and stay stagnant.

  19. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Nipsey>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Peiod!!!~ and Freddie gibbs niggas got classic mixtape(s)

    fuck j millz nigga couldn’t even fuck with ness from da band…

    Fuck young money… and T.I…

  20. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    Sometimes, I feel like Nah is like the guardians of the art form, the last bastion that is here to prevent hip hop from falling into the abyss. Some people on here got wack taste, some are great, and some are different, but everybody adds something, even if it’s just blatant stannery.

    Quiet as kept, soon as my little song had two hundred downloads I felt like I had gone hood platinum on the strength of Nah. Haven’t really told too many people from my actual life that I even did the song.

  21. Jersey*made*me Says:

    We could say that about almost anybody though, right? That we like, I mean.

    ^^

    True,but this shit started a thread back like niggas was apologizing for liking dude.Trying to convince niggas he was legit.At this point if you don’t have a favorite T.I. song you lost.

  22. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I’ve heard potential out of all these cats except for Donnis…am I sleeping on this cat? I don’t think anybody listens to this cats shit. I think I dl’ed a mixtape and deleted after a listen.
    ===============================================
    Same here.

    Dude is trash.

    I wonder who’s dick he slobbed to make it this far with little to no talent.

  23. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Trap Musik>>>>>>>>>>>

    Nigga ain’t been the same since…. just like 50 except 50 blew up on his first shit… t.i had to gain popularity…..

  24. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    You said what has he done so those accolades don’t qualify as doing something? And Graduation is my favorite Ye LP so what you saying? lol..Paper Trail was the truth. Niggas don’t like artist to evolve, they just want them to make the music they like their whole career and stay stagnant.
    ^
    this is true, D_Block. And I’m guilty of it, too: I want Mos to give me another Black on Both Sides. I don’t think he will, though, and I don’t think any other solo effort of his has been on the same level.

  25. Jersey*made*me Says:

    @Fresh

    That’s good for you.Funny thing is eskay doesn’t think the comment section holds much weight in the grand scheme of things.

  26. lil mane young Says:

    Fuck Diggy Simmons.

    ^ lol.

  27. kufi-Smacks Says:

    j millz just don’t understand if not for young money you would be another aight MC from NY….

  28. Yung Hopp Says:

    Nigga ain’t been the same since…. just like 50 except 50 blew up on his first shit… t.i had to gain popularity…..

    ^^

    Better situation for T.I., tho … 50 Cent don’t got half what T.I. has to offer as an artist at this point in the game.

    I would say he never did, but that’s another story.

  29. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    # kufi-Smacks Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Trap Musik>>>>>>>>>>>

    Nigga ain’t been the same since…. just like 50 except 50 blew up on his first shit… t.i had to gain popularity…..
    ^
    Yeah, but I personally liked Urban Legend, King, and Paper Trail as well. Truthfully, Tip only made one wack album, but even on that one I give him credit for trying to do something conceptual. If it don’t work, it don’t work, and you can always try something else. He found that balance on Paper Trail.

  30. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Paper Trail was Tip’s most mainstream album to date.

    I could do with more of the real talk and less of the radio ready Pop formula he used on there.

    And yes, Tip is nice, one of the illest out of the South…ever.

  31. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Good Looking…

  32. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    j millz just don’t understand if not for young money you would be another aight MC from NY….
    ===========================================
    But dude had opportunities and label fuckery always stalled his career,

    It was tougher to get a deal back then. You needed to actually be a dope rapper.

    Nowadays you just need a little internet buzz and you’re on the cover of XXL.

    See: Donnis

  33. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    only thing I was at all mad at, other than the vs. album, was that T.I. used King as the ATL soundtrack…the actual ATL soundtrack was fire, so I felt it was a shame that it never came out.

    D_Block, any chance you have the resources to make a proper ATL soundtrack, since you’ve sort of become our DJ Drama/Mixtape king, but minus the annoying yelling and rewinding of verses just as I’m getting into the song.

  34. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    That LP was a conscious LP in a shiny disguise. You ain’t listening right.

  35. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    Fuck Diggy Simmons

  36. kufi-Smacks Says:

    And yes, Tip is nice, one of the illest out of the South…ever

    ^^^^^^^^^

    He is good for this generation…. but in the 90′s he would not out shine most of suave house and rapalot artist… he reminds me of cool breeze… like dude would be more relevant today then in the nineties.

    dude is good but i noticed a sharp decline after Trap musik.
    \

  37. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Nowadays you just need a little internet buzz and you’re on the cover of XXL.

    See: Donnis

    ^^^^^

    L.O.L

  38. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    but in the 90’s he would not out shine most of suave house and rapalot artist…
    ==============================
    BS.

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

  39. Youn Says:

    T.I trap muzick
    doin my job >>>>
    one of kanyes best beats

  40. Charles Oakley Says:

    suave house was making good music, not classic shit by any stretch, but good

  41. Charles Oakley Says:

    Lupe Fiasco – Champ Is Here
    mediafire.com/?ivnx4wgmjwz

  42. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Better situation for T.I., tho … 50 Cent don’t got half what T.I. has to offer as an artist at this point in the game.

    I would say he never did, but that’s another story.

    ^^^^

    Nah homie… what 50 did and fucked his self up was put out great songs on a mixtape…. time after time… i mean who got more classic mixtape shit than gunit… maybe wayne… but T.I.P nor kanye… alot of these cats who are the best in the game right now didn’t do what gunit did… listen to i Hustle ft jada kiss.. nigga a 2000/2002 50 was better than 90% of these niggas in 2010…

  43. kufi-Smacks Says:

    @ oakley

    Eightball and MJG and South circle…

    listen to attiyudes by south circle then tell me a T.I song and video thats better…

  44. Skinny Says:

    kufi-Smacks Says:

    dude is good but i noticed a sharp decline after Trap musik.

    _____

    Agreed. I gave PT a few spins but I stopped takin dude seriously after TM.

    Kanye is the only mainstream nigga that I honestly consider an ARTIST

  45. kufi-Smacks Says:

    ShIIIII Space age pimpin is better than any song T.I has ever made…

  46. kufi-Smacks Says:

    @ Amp…

    you crazy… T.I is not that fuckin dope… nigga not better than UGK (any member), Lord infamous (in the nineties), eight ball, scarface, devin the dude,… shit he couldn’t even fuck with a 16 year old B.g…

    ya’ll better go on youtube and play the shit before you respond homie…

    t.i is lyrical but could not even fuck with Luda on stomp..

  47. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Kanye is the only mainstream nigga that I honestly consider an ARTIST…

    dude is a great… i can’t lie even when i want to not like his soft ways his albums be sick… plus he stays true to his self…

  48. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Kanye is the only mainstream nigga that I honestly consider an ARTIST…

    dude is a great… i can’t lie even when i want to not like his soft ways his albums be sick… plus he stays true to his self…

  49. kufi-Smacks Says:

    Mr mike…

    yea i guess im stuck in the nineties… im about to roll a blunt and bump attitudes by south circle….

    next niggas gone say that T.I can see a youg prodigy….

  50. neezy Says:

    nipsey’s part was dope

  51. kufi-Smacks Says:

    ****young***

  52. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    Just Doin My Job
    Motivation
    U Don’t Know Me
    Praying For Help
    ASAP
    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

  53. 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

  54. 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…
    ==============================
    BS.

    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.

    JihaD

  55. 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

  56. Polka Says:

    Killa!

  57. Chip Says:

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

  58. Jewtino Says:

    KILLA.

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