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Vic Mensa Says He Will Slap MCs Who Say They Are Better Than Tupac (Video)

Vic Mensa freestyles are as dynamic as the Roc Nation MC's song-making. Following his new EP, The Manuscript the Save Money MC hits Los Angeles, California's Power 106 FM. There, before the L.A. Leakers, Vic finesses a freestyle flow over Prodigy's "Keep It Thoro." Vic Mensa’s Freestyle Causes Sway To... Read more

Game Means Everything He Said In Bigger Than Me, Cause He Filmed It (Video)

What could've been dismissed as yet another "feeling myself in the booth" moment, Game's "Bigger Than Me" is bigger than that. The Compton star visioned the song as a single, with a Matt Alonzo-directed visual as deliberate and dramatic as the bars themselves. Themed in Horror-style, Game chainsaws his way... Read more

Game Calls Out XXL Freshmen Covers, Soft Lyrics & States What Class He’s In (Audio)

For the last decade, few artists are as outspoken as The Game. Between the storied beefs, DVD antics, the public squabbles, and mic-checking (and some subsequent truces with) everybody along the way from Joe Budden to Lil B to Ras Kass to Jay Z to Suge Knight, it's been an... Read more

2014 XXL Freshman Jon Connor Takes Off Waving His Aftermath Flag With Mr. Porter (Audio)

It's a huge week for Flint, Michigan MC Jon Connor. The Aftermath artist just became the first artist from Flint to ever cover XXL magazine, and he's doing so with some pretty esteemed company care of 2014's Freshmen Class list. On a high, J.C. links with D12 member/Aftermath core soundsmith... Read more

The 2013 XXL Freshmen Mixtape (Audio)

Here's the official mixtape for XXL's 2013 Freshmen Class. It features new music from Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Logic, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$ and more. You can listen to and download the mixtape below, as well as find the track list. Related: Dizzy Wright, Logic & Angel Haze –... Read more

Dizzy Wright, Logic & Angel Haze – 2013 XXL Freshmen Cypher (Video)

Say what you want about the 2013 XXL Freshmen Class, overall. There is NO QUESTION Dizzy Wright, Logic and Angel Haze are some of the dopest up and coming MCs in the game. If you have any doubt about their skills, watch this cypher. No question...Related: Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Action... Read more

Dizzy Wright – XXL Freshmen Freestyle (Video)

Dizzy Wright turns in one of the strongest of the 2013 XXL Freshmen Freestyles. Check out the video. Related: Dizzy Wright – The First Agreement ft Nikkiya and Manny Scott (Video)... Read more

Kendrick Lamar is definitely one of my favorites of the 2011 Freshmen.

He, Terrace Martin, TiRon and Chuwee are part of a new generation of West Coast MCs that are worthy of taking the torch from the OGs. Check out this video from XXL where Kendrick spits some a capella fire.... Read more

There’s been a lot of chatter about the XXL Freshman class of 2011 but what about the alumni?

One of the most enigmatic of those chosen by XXL as one of its 2009 freshmen is Charles Hamilton.  Omar Akil takes a look at the talented Mr. Hamilton and let's the man speak for himself (through his lyrics).  Check it out: I'm not sure what to make of the... Read more

XXL just released their 2011 Freshmen list. Who did they miss?

This years 11 includes Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi Da Prynce, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Twist, Big K.R.I.T., Diggy Simmons, Fred the Godson, Yelawolf, Lil B, Mac Miller, and YG.... Read more