It’s that time of the year again; the infamous unveiling of XXL’s Freshman List. As expected, it has received an ample amount of mixed reviews and caused controversy across the music realm. Compared to previously released XXL Freshman Lists, 2017’s edition is contentious and debatable. Many people took to social media voicing their opinions as they do every year, bashing the list’s credibility while others praised the finalists and called the cover “expanding the rap scene”.
We decided to take matters into our own hands and construct a list in which we placed artists we thought so rightfully deserved to be recognized. This would include artists who did not make the XXL list but (in our eyes) deserved to, as well as the some artists who did make the XXL list and rightfully deserved their spot. Now, we’re not saying that some artists who are on the XXL list didn’t deserve a spot, because that simply isn’t true. All of the artists on the list worked their asses off to earn that spot, and we respect the artistry and hustle.
But enough chit chat.
We present to you, the CXS FRESHMAN LIST 2017.
11. COUSIN STIZZ
It’s about damn time Madeintyo made the XXL list. He has done features with artists such as A$AP Mob, Roy Woods, Big Sean, Travis Scott, and plenty others. He is arguably the most popular and successful artist on the list (granted he’s been mainstream for almost two years). There isn’t much else to say about the talented musician except for — it’s about damn time!
8. YOUNG MA
Atlanta native, 6lack, has been on the come up ever since his catchy hit single “PRBLMS” hit the billboards back in June of last year and then went on to sign with Interscope Records, where he would later release his debut album, FREE 6LACK. Although he wasn’t on XXL’s Freshman List, he deserves to be on ours for his exceptional growth over the last year. His album debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 list and peaked at number 34. He was a guest performer for The Weeknd’s Legend of the Fall Tour. He then went on to collaborate with artists such as JID, Jhene Aiko, and Syd of The Internet.