2016's XXL Freshmen stunt in new Freestyle Cyphers
The crew flex together.
Each year, XXL Magazine releases its list of Freshman - a collection of some of the hip hop world's most exciting, and talented, up and coming artists. Previous names to have been given the honour include now-superstars Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa (2014), ScHoolboy Q and Travi$ Scott (2013), Kendrick Lamar (2011) and Kid Cudi (2009), among many others.
This year's 10 person list consists of Anderson .Paak, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Desiigner, G Herbo and Lil Yachty, all of whom have successfully been buzzing within the hip hop genre over the last 12 months or more. As is customary for the occasion, after releasing a series of profile videos and solo freestyles, the XXL Freshmen have banded together for the group exercise known as the rap cypher.
Up first, Desiigner (of Panda fame) brings his mumbling, energetic bars to a beat overseen by legendary producer DJ Drama, before making way for Anderson .Paak and Lil Dicky (better known as the man behind $ave dat Money) to strut their own stuff, featuring such stand-out lines as Anderson .Paak's "I'm fuckin' the flesh light to cope with the pain, what more can I sa?" and Lil Dicky's "Kissin' on your baby like the boy a politician", observe the first instalment below.
A day later, fellow Freshmen Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty and Denzel Curry have stepped up for their turn behind the mic, with Lil Yachty stepping up to shout out one of his own viral singles with "All of these bitches they want me but they get 1Night", and the entire crew jostling and fighting to get the best verse. So, who got it? You choose.