2011 XXL Top Freshmen Projections

As we approach the half way point of 2010 we decided to take a look ahead and project who we felt had the best chance of being selected for the coveted XXL Top Freshmen Issue of 2011. We have some bad news for most indy artists, unfortunately the list is already 90% full according to our calculations. However, every year there is always a dark horse that comes out of no where and a strong 3rd and 4th quarter run definitely outweighs a January-June, so there is still hope for you indy’s out there but your gonna have to move fast. Anyway here is the projected list with a couple of dark horses included as well. Check it out and let me know if you feel like we left someone off.

-Flip_

DOM KENNEDY
DOM KENNEDY- Dom Kennedy is a guaranteed selection for next years top freshmen list. He could take the rest of the year off and he would still be on there. XXL is definitely paying attention to him as shown by his recent feature in the Show and Prove Section of the magazine

DIGGY SIMMONS
With his signing to Atlantic, co-signs and upcoming work with All City Chess Club. Diggy has already put him self in the upcoming class of Top Freshmen

YELAWOLF
Like Dom, Yelawolf is money in the bank. Through in his recent signing with Interscope, dope music videos, solid features and an iconic live show there is no doubt he will be a top freshmen in 2011

VADO
Vado is money in the bank, he’s established himself as New York’s hottest underground rapper. No doubt that he will be a top freshmen

FRENCH MONTANA
French Montana has the buzz, co-signs and music so he will inevitably be a Top Freshmen in 2011

LAWS
Laws has the buzz, music and Justice League co-sign. All the ingredients needed to be a top freshmen going into next year

Cyhi Da Prince
With a Kanye West co-sign and an ever growing buzz, Cyhi Da Prince is in there like swim wear. Maybe just to solidify his spot another mixtape would be good, but it will take pure laziness and a major let down on his part to not make the list.

SHAWN CHRYSTOPHER
Shawn Chrystopher has a strong chance of making the 2011 Top Freshmen, not as strong as the aforementioned names for a couple of reasons. The biggest threat to Shawn Chrys is the self-imposed diplomacy of the Top Freshmen list. It seems like they place a premium of having all regions covered so the chances of them selecting multiple artists from L.A. two years in a row seems unlikely. However many feel Shawn deserved a spot on this years list so he just may be the winner in the L.A. sweepstakes. I think another mixtape and some A list features will strengthen his case though.

GRIP PLYAZ
Grip needs some things to go his way but he has a chance of making the list. Like Pill in 2009, Grip is positioning himself to make a strong 3rd and 4th quarter run which will be fresh in people’s minds when it is time to make that decision. Grip has one of those methodical buzzes that keeps growing slowly but surely. With some strong music videos and features he could find himself as a Top Freshmen selection.

Dark Horses

The list of Dark Horses represent many artists who are buzzing but need a lot of things to go their way to have a shot at the list. Being a dark horse is nothing to be ashamed of as we saw this past year with Drake, sometimes the Dark House wins the race by a landslide. Don’t be surprised if someone from this list has a bigger 2011 than all of the aforementioned artists. Nothing is predictable in this game. Anyway here are some artists that have a small chance of making the 2011 XXL Top Freshmen List: Outasight, XV, Hollywood Floss, Kendrick Lamar, Nero, Rob Jay, El Prez, Copywrite,

Groups

The Groups sections is a lot more wide open then solo artists. So far this year one hip hop group has separated themselves from their contemporaries.

THE NICE GUYS
The Nice Guys have put together one of the best indy marketing campaigns of recent memory. With 4 music videos slated for release this summer. They are on pace to be the premier new hip hop group in 2011

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168 responses to “2011 XXL Top Freshmen Projections

  1. 1st 5 ok..where’s chiddy bang, xv, and mike posner

  2. mike posner is not a rapper
    xv was suppose to be on 2010 and he’s made it known
    chiddy bang doesnt have the “know” or press of the people like the rest do

  3. As much of a fan I am of The Niceguys, Chiddy Bang has a much broader fanbase, more press and is far more known. Niceguys are still more on the blog circuit while Chiddys making big moves.

  4. more power to everyone on the “proposed” list, we wish the niceguys success and chiddy bang the same success

    dont take the list to heart, as someone will always feel the people they root for will get slighted…

  5. What about SULLEE J? He’s doing huge things with his music, I came across one of his samples the other day – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYsleb4LKKU

  6. never heard of sullee j, and like we said before his is a list of people on our radar

    Who’s to say what XXL will do or vote on that list, the important thing is if you have talent you want to see make it, you better support them…

  7. Definitely! Agree, Hopefully he makes it, we need someone different.

    his profile: http://www.myspace.com/sulleejrapper

  8. Kione – Freshman ’12 or 13

    http://www.myspace.com/theljaved

  9. sullee j should be the eleventh chosen . full package

    bra 1`

  10. Los should definitely be on the 2011 freshman dopest new rapper out!!! His mixtape Zero Gravity was the hottest tape this year and the new shit with DJ Ill Will is FIRE…

  11. Yelawolf go hard. Rep that ‘Bama boy, you got love in Detroit.

  12. andreshernandezfra

    lol funny how no one mentions mac miller..dude is blowin up he will be a top freshman NO DOUBT

  13. Mac Miller, Chip Tha Ripper, Chiddy Bang, Ya Boy

  14. Mac Miller should make it…. but everyone always forgets Philly’s Meek Mill…. co-sign with T.I. million views on some of his music videos…. if he does not make it.. something is wrong!

  15. funny i was just talkn bout this w someone n decided to see others response to it..im very curious to see who the ACTUALLY chose but..heres my list.
    dom kennedy
    yelawolf
    vado
    xv
    smoke dza
    big krit
    meek millz
    cyhi the prince
    chiddy bang
    diggy simmons

    i bet its close to accurate

  16. Name I would add:
    Chiddy Bang
    Mac Miller
    XV

    And if his mixtape does like I think it will Tayyib Ali.

  17. dont sleep on the homie sullee j spittin on a much higher level than half the industry cats out

    • but it aint about just spittin , if that was the case Canibus and K-Rino would be number 1, where is his press coverage and following, his videos etc. No offense to him, but havent heard of him like the ones mentioned

  18. def after research trade chiddy (since no groups) for mac miller…
    def mac miller is a shoe in.fa real..following too crazy

  19. i like mac miller but i like that kid youngfresh of the blood bruthas 2 and xv

  20. ……950 plus should be on this list …check them out youtube.com/950plusvvL

  21. WORD…950 PLUS HAS BEEN GETTING IT IN REPPIN THE BRONX FOR A MIN.. THEY BUZZ IS CRAZY IN N.Y RIGHT NOW …THEY ALREADY TOURED ….OVASEA’S…THEY LOOK LIKE SUPERSTAR That R SET TO SELL A MILL EASY WIT THE RIGHT BAQIN ..S/O 2 EVERYONE THAT MAKES IT BUT …950 PLUS…IS SUMTHING TO LOOK INTO….YOUTUBE.COM/950PLUSVVL ….2 CHAIIIINNNNNNNSSSSSSSS……MUSIC VIDEO …http://youtu.be/y-KIFe_EMwI

  22. whers mac miller at

    /

  23. i like the laws addition a lot but u need webby mac miller and dave east

  24. Chip the Ripper
    Yelawolf
    Mac Miller
    Big K.R.I.T.
    Dom Kennedy
    Rich Hil
    Chiddy Bang
    Trademark da Skydiver
    Smoke DZA

    you could probably notice this but this is “a potheads top 10 freshman” list lol

  25. My list would be
    -Mac Miller
    -Yelawolf
    -Diggy Simmons
    -Shome(I wish he had more buzz cause he is raw)
    -Big K.R.I.T.
    -Dom Kennedy
    -Some DZA
    -Chiddy Bang
    -Chip The Ripper
    -Cyhi Da Prince

    And trust me, Mac is a shoe in for it. I mean, honestly, I listen to his mixtape over and over and never get boredd. It’s just sooo crazy yooo. Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza and Poppy are just wow! lmao

    • your list is dope but Shome is a NO NO- remember No one knows who he is on a Major scale, everyone else i agree with

      good list… before kicking off Chip, i’d take off Dza though

  26. Smoke DZA*
    but remove Chip and put Vado, kid brings back the 90s man.

  27. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THE LIST MIGHT BE RELEASED? OR ATLEAST THE FREESTYLES?

  28. I agree with the first part of the list….but as for French, Shawn Crys and Grip…..not so much. Kendrick Lamar, Chip Tha Ripper, TiRon all got next before them. And it would be stupid for Mac Miller not to be on the list.

    -Mac Miller
    -Chip Tha Ripper
    -Dom Kennedy
    -Kendrick Lamar
    -CyHi The Prince
    -Diggy Simmons
    -Vado
    -XV
    -Laws
    -TiRon

  29. as long flocka or someone to that degree isn’t on it lol my list would be…

    1.XV
    2.TiRon
    3.Yelawolf
    4.Diggy
    5.Kendrick Lamar

  30. As long as flocka/soulja boy or someone to that degree doesn’t make it!
    My list would be…
    1.XV
    2.TiRon
    3.Yelawolf
    4.Kendrick Lamar
    5.Diggy
    6.CyHi Da Prynce
    7.Chip Tha Ripper
    8.Big K.R.I.T.T. or Mac Miller
    9.Dom Kennedy
    10.Jay Electronica

    Does anyone else besides me gonna be confused if XV doesn’t make the list this year?

  31. why isnt Tayyib Ali on this?

    • Who???? Tayyib ALi?

      No disrespect but come on fam

    • Everybody cant make a list of ten

      Big KRIT
      Yelawolf
      Diggy SImmons
      CyHi da Prince
      Dom Kennedy
      Mac Miller
      Waka Flocka
      French Montana
      XV
      Chiddy Bang
      Laws
      Emilio Rojas
      Kendrick Lamar
      Chip The Ripper
      LEP Bogus Boys
      Meek Millz

      If it isnt one of them, i’m pretty sure no one else is gonna make it – with one month left before votes

  32. sullee j should make the freshmen 2011 for XXL 😀

  33. Y’ALL SHOULD CHECK OUT “SULLEE J” HE’S A LYRICAL MONSTA!!! GREAT ARTIST!!! REAL!!! TALENTED!!! AWESOME!!! UNSTOPPABLE!!! INTERNATIONAL!!! AMAZING!!! MORE 2 COME!!!

    U DON’T KNOW HIM YET?!?!?!WHAT A SHAME ;o) TAKE UR CHANCE & CHECK OUT HIS MUSIC!!!—> http://www.myspace.com/sulleejrapper

  34. sullee j should make the freshmen 2011 for XXL

  35. Check this bro out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNmA4RESv88 THATS OFFCIAL thats SULLEE J…FreShmEn 2011 For XXL

    • Now thats what i’m talking about

      I still dont know who Sullee J is, but if you want your favorite rapper to shine then get the fans to support you like these people going hard for Sullee, that generates interest

  36. sulleeeeeeeee j got that music you dont hear now days! im doing this for you boo! everybody neesd to support him – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wvIAYXlCrM

  37. Sullee J for freshmen 2011 XXL list. hes a sick emcee.

  38. Sullee J!!!

  39. Sullee J got my vote, spits that real..
    but since I’m from Toronto, I gotta rep Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge as well.

  40. xxl should deff show sullee J., some love && some respect he’s doing mad good things out here in tha community && his music is affectivin people of every different race out there, music and his words are REAL and his flow is fire.

  41. Sullee J is headed to being one of the legendary artists to ever grace the Hip-Hop arena. Not only do I appreciate him being a God-fearing man, I draw into his lyrically intellectual hidden genius! You should only be as blessed as I’ve been by his God-given talent and musical skills!

  42. Hey came across this page and wondered why Skrap UP isn’t on here!? He’s been puttin Tha work in n has many flows….very original I also agree wit cyhi!!! http://www.reverberation.com/SkrapUp CHECK HIM OUT!

  43. VADO N FRENCHIE BABY!! Also U aint heard of the “SKRAP UP BABY” Movement!?!? Especially the 260 bars he did Whattttt!?!

  44. I deff agree with Yela n vado and french…what about Whiz!?! Or what About SKrap UP???

  45. http://www.TeamSkrapUp.Biz Im telling you if you havent heard of S.K.Rap U.P(Skrap Up) search him in Itunes or Amazon,Zune,Rhapsody!! Hes about the only HipHop music i listen to anymore!! haha

  46. SKRAP UP!! SKRAP UP!! SKRAP UP BABBBBYYY!!!! Save You is CRAZY, Champion Is Insane, Tattood Up Is PSYCHO,Break ya jaw,Throw Of the Dice,WHAT ELSE!?!?!?! SKRAP UP!

  47. Sullee J needs to be at the top of list!!! The dude speaks about consciousness in his music and its real!!!

    • but how many fans does he truly have?

      • Hunter Kinkead

        Sullee J has thousands of fans!!! Dude has opened for Jay Sean, Mos Def, Dmx, etc… He has skillz… loves his music tremendously. Plus his messages are SICK!!! It’ll be a mistake not to put him on top!

      • Hunter Kinkead

        Btw his last mixtape R.A.P. got over FIVE THOUSAND DOWNLOADS in 2 weeks and was featured on over 15 websites!!! Lemme school on SULLEE J just a lil!! Lol

  48. SULLEE J!!

  49. I already posted but just wanted to say I don’t know skrap personally but last I heard he sold over ten thousand mixtapes!! In a lil over a month! So I just wanted to voice my opinion, if u aint heard this yet…You will, “SKRAP UP BABY!”

  50. SKRAP UP! Check him out his shit is HOTTTTT!!! http://www.TeamSkrapUp.Biz
    http://www.SkrapDirect.com
    http://www.reverbnation.com/skrapup
    http://www.Myspace.com/csdoitbetter

    SKRAP UP BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. I’m co owner of GOT THAT MUSIC LLC RECORDS, global producer for 100’s of recording artists in the U.S and 100’s more over seas, i’m also a recording artist. Now off top i have produced and worked with more talent then you can imagen, but “Skrap Up” is 1 of the very few i feel will blossom in the business and make a impact with bring back the real NY of dope spittaus and real creativity. I don’t see how you can listen to his music and not see and feel that, well maybe your just a hater, either way “Skrap Up Baby” My professional opinion.
    Cornelius
    GOT THAT MUSIC LLC RECORDS

  52. Im Suprised to see A$troe isn’t on here!! Hes already head of his own record label, global producer, and DEFFINITLY a Detroit Bread Lyricist!!! No Gimmicks!!!! I see Skrap Up’s name in here to and A$troe has done alot of his beats, And there bout to Drop “Detroit To New York” Be on the look out for that!!!! anybody whos interested look for him on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/AstroeTheFuture SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC!!

  53. IMA GO WIT MY GUY SKRAP UP HE CAN SPIT SOME REAL SHIT SOO IM GOIN FOR MY GUY SKRAP UP BABY

  54. Vote for skrapupbaby

  55. Antonino Dinero

    That nigga Skrap do go hard

  56. Nicholas Santimaw

    SKRAP UP baby! He’s doing his thing, and hes killing it, and to leave him off this list would be insanity. Give some of his songs a listen, and then try and tell me differently. shits hot, he deserves some respect. SKRAP!!

  57. yo listen skrap up is the next rapper for 2011.. he dont rap about shyt tht fake he rap about shyt tht real like his life an shyt tht happened around him.. an all his shyt tht i listened to his on point it off the chain… the shyt is fire……….KEEP DOIN UR THING “””””SKRAP UP BABY””””””

  58. i vote for my homeboy skrap up he out here killing it one of the best rappers out in syracuse ny

  59. Skrap you seriously need to fall the fuck back man. Your not that good even if you were good locally your nowhere near french and and of the above mentioned.your flow is boring as hell, your quality is garbage . Please stop acting like your making moves. Did Yung Deeze not eat your food? Your not even top 10 in syracuse. I swear to god if I see another post by you trying to promote your trash ass music Im going to kill myself. Please get better before you start acting like your everything. You are absolutley not in any bracket as french montana. Let alone any syracuse rap. Stop mumbling, stop not paying engineers/ or not useing a decent mic. Your lyrics are boring your flow is boring your deliverly is not crisp. your seriously about top 75 in syracuse.

  60. Skrap up babyyy!!!!!!!!! Because he is diffrent, because his shits on point

  61. SK RAPP!!!

    doin it big n the Cuse townnnn!
    talkin bout real shitt not jus money n bitches common nowww

  62. SKRAP UP BABYYY OWW

  63. IM PUTTIN IN MY BID BID FOR SKRAP HES DEF A INDUSTRY READY ARTIST WHOS ON HIS GRIND…..315 ALL DAY LETS GET IT

  64. SULLEE J!!!
    He is def bringing LIFE break to HipHop!! He has a positive message that’s gettin thru to people all around the world out there, not only a lyrical genius but he’s making an amazing change on music that’s put out these days….his talent shines thru and empowers all listeners to see the TRUTH, Truth is there are still some talent in the world!! All music should have the heart that he has in his, anyone who hasnt heard him yet…trust me, your missing out!!

  65. O I cant believe i forgot them But, What About THE SENATE!?! I know you’ve heard of them… 45th N Broadway With Dipset!?! Taj Mahal, Thump Mandoza, And Sammy G. I heard Taj Mahal Is Meeting With Jimmy Iovine Today As it is! lol sorry for posting more then once I just couldnt let there names go un mentioned.. Theyve been in tha game awhile tho so maybe you just havent Heard Of Them, There From Syracuse To Just Like Skrap Up… So My Votes(Not that they count lol) Are For (The Senate) Taj Mahal, Thump Mandoz, Sammy G, As Well As A$troe, And SKrap Up!!! Thank you for letting me ramble lol!!!
    much love to ALL THE ARTISTS That Made this List Or even Got a vote, Matter Fact To all the Artists that Really put the work in and are doing it themselves with no help from a label.

  66. I think that SKrap UP is a perfect dark horse – he’s lived what he’s rap n about – he’s the real deal and if you haven’t heard his stuff YOU WILL!

  67. skrap should be on the list because he has got good music and a good talent

  68. I vote Sullee J!

  69. Cuz Sullee J is makin an impact on tha entire hip hop scene, i never heard of skrakup or whoever everyones trying to hype up , if you know your hot and you know you can spit fire you should be recognized in every city, every state, every country, every continent, thats what sullee J is doing he’s representin everywhere , musicians are all talk now days, not talent, but its always talent over talk , and thats true story.

  70. AYO SKRAP UP BABY SHOULD BE ON THE LIST…..DID KID IS DOIN IT BIG GIVE HIM A CHANCE WE ALL NEED A CHANCE

  71. SKRAAAAAAPPPPP UUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
    NO OTHER NIGGAAAAAAA

  72. SKRAP THE FUCK UP….YOU GOT MY VOTE DOG

  73. ok so i went to see wats all da fuss about dis dude SkRap?? hahahahaha OMG his music is SkWack!!!! he’s just sum small timer tryna call our rappers to make himself look gud, come on man dats lame as heck!! talkin smack and about women disrespectfully, yea i said talkin cuz i didnt hear no rappin!! dude u really need to check yourself before you be hating on everybody else, cause YOU WILL DEFINITELY GET BACK WHAT YOU PUT OUT & ALL I SEE IS YOU HATIN!! he dont got nothing goin for him, i would be embarassed wit dem lyrics he puttin out…well at least he’s living up to his name thou so take ur own advice and Skrappp Uppppp cuz you are at the very bottom BOY!!

    SULLEE J ALL THE WAY BABYYYYY!!! He is on a higher level & his talent shows genius thru positivity & awareness, he def needs to be on top of 2011 XXL Freshmen’s List!! Check him out!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW8FiP9V4PE

    • O well obviusly with all his fans posting on here is working! Cuz u gave him more plays lol! Keep listening I’m sure he appreciates it an as for Tha smut nation post, if you take a look at tha battle wit deeze, every song Skrap dropped had over 300 comments and deeze 10 at the most! Everyone tht voted voted for skrap sense Tha battle was set up…until skrap exposed deeze for living with police!!! Then deeze started leaving Facebook threats!GANGSTA!!!! Hhah and what’s weird is NONE of skraps fans hated on that sulleee cat yet yu guys down on skrap to promote your guy..obviusly someone was jeaouls of all Tha love!!!! FlipnBirds- I know you can tell what a hater is right!? And I’m sure skrap up won’t make Tha list but we can tell our comments are doing something right!! ooo and FRENCHIE BABY!!!

      • Ill take everything because yes it was set up I was huge part of that. But where is deeze living with the police come to play????????? what does that mean anyway? His parents work for nothing to do with the police or justice system

  74. WHAT I DNT UNDERSTAND IS Y YALL HATIN ON MY DUDE SKRAP WHAT YALL MAD THAT HES DOIN HIS THING AND TRYN MAKE A NAME FOR HIS SELF YEA HE TALKS BOUT LADYS N A BAD WAY BUT WHAT RAPPERS DESE DAYS DONT COME ON SON STOP HATIN N LET HIM GET HIS SHINE IF YU DNT LIKE EM SO WHAT NO BODY IS HOLDNN A GUN 2 YA HEAD SAYN LIKE SKRAP DANG HATERS HATERS HATERS YALL SURE KNO HOW 2 DO YALL JOB ANYWAYS IM WIT SKRAP ALL THE WAY MY FAV WHITE BOY…SKRAP UP BABY BOOM SKRAP SKRAP SKRAP UP POW

  75. aight so i felt i should personally say sumthin..so i wanna say that “Smut Nation” post is one of two people and one of them is someone who posted a vote for me alreaady or it is deeze who asked me to do a tracc with him at tha same time that was posted…i dont excpect to make this list but i thank my supporters for the love…i just dont understand why fans of other rappers wanna dirt my name to promote their peoples…none of my supporters did that, cuz they dont need to..n the first i think 15 people who voted/commented my name i didnt ask for that, i didnt no bout this page till they told me so yea then i put a post askin others to n guess what it worked cuz fans of other rappers on here r checcin me out huh? i dont care about a list i donnt have to work a 9 to 5 cuz me n my kids r eatin off rap thats all i care about!!! ill end this wit a thank you to my supporters AND haters.. but tha “Smut nation” whos one of two people dont swallow my seed when im around then tell a diff story when u hide behind an alias!! n im sue “flipnbirds” could tell me if tha ip address was tha same as djsplinners! fuccin dummy… tha kid at graduate, still a scholar in recognizing real..n that u r not……(flipn- sorry this bs happend on your page..)

  76. This is Sullee J! Those who know me, know I don’t talk shi to other musicians, knowing we all come from the same hustle and hunger trying to make it. I show love to other musicians, I seen this post and I appreciate the love but I can’t be held responsible if a fan is talking “shi^” whoever wrote negative things about skrapUp, thats not what i promote, or my message, so disregard that. People are immature and some people won’t comprehend the fact that just because another mouth says it, not all are the same way, and don’t think the same. I myself as an artist, support all, whether I make it or not in some magazine, Im in a whole different zone, it won’t change my perspective or love for the game or music. I make music to make a difference not for the fame thing. Peace!

  77. NO TYLER, THE CREATOR! wat the fuckk r u thinking OFWGKTA

  78. If you dont put Los on this you would doing a crime. Mike Posner as well……And don’t say oh there not that developed yet just because you waited to long to put Vado and French(arguable) in the freshman top 10 2010.

    • Los is a great talent, but it isnt based on talent alone – He is definitely respected BUT, his press and buzz is not up there yet

      Lets face it – its only 10 spots and XXL picks based on buzz hype surrounding you
      Posner wont make it because he isnt a rapper

  79. MAC MILLER

  80. XV & MAC MILLER.
    if those two arent on there im gonna very upset

  81. ohh and i just discovered curt@!n$

    hes unbelievably dope. his video the dope supremecy blew my mind

  82. 1.Johnny Polygon
    2.Shawn Chrys
    3.Xv
    4. Chiddy Bang

  83. sorry guys, but you’re missing kellee maize.

    xxl really wants a female rapper … and, it’s not about lyrical skill, it’s about popularity (KID CUDI)

    kellee maize has 15,000 facebook fans (double that of dom kennedy) and she has 9,000 twitter followers … she also has a combined 1 million y outube views.

    all this with virtually NO PR, and NO cosign.

  84. TOP 10 LIST FOR SURE

    Chris Webby
    Mac Miller
    Chiddy Bang
    Roscoe Dash
    Tha Joker
    French Montanna
    Waka Flocka
    Young Dose
    Tyga
    Kid Ink

  85. alright so heres my list

    yelawolf
    diggy
    krit
    mac
    emilio rojas
    and cyhi are the definites.

    then i gotta add
    vado,
    cashmere (if not on 2011 its cuz of his buzz but thatll be up by 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJLknB1xN6E

    950 plus
    jellyroll
    xv
    xo (bws)
    dubb gotta get his buzz up though dude crazy
    zawcain. thats about all i got for ya.

  86. yeah hes from south carolina. look him up. keepin it old school

  87. chris webby will be in there without a doubt, dude does hard

  88. oh naw i dont know youngfresh but i just moved to the south in nc and its 3 guys Shome,YoungFresh Of The Blood Bruthas And S.dub And 2 Of Them Just Sign To Jive Records And Got A Lil Crazy Buzz Thats All.

  89. shit i completely forgot prince ea. gotta add him

  90. My predictions are . . .
    – Mac Miller
    – Sam Adams
    – Chris Webby
    – Chiddy Bang
    – Tyga ?
    – Big Sean (2010)
    – J. Cole (2010)
    – Maybe in a few years, my boy Adonis Rose
    Bascially artists that I follow on twitter & comin up.

  91. woah woah, did i jus read that los wont make it????

    i know ur joking….
    I will lose all respect for XXl’s list forever if this guy donesn’t make it…. theres no way hes one of the best ever…
    hopefully yall change ur mind cuz I’m really dissapointed at seeing how diggy could “make it” and los can’t….
    wow u guys really need to make recheck this list…

  92. Put los on this wtf…..

    hes the best rapper of the year

    • Los is a dope rapper, but he wont make the XXL list, look there are only 10 spots and it isnt solely measured upon how dope you are… impact, press, fans, buzz etc all help in making the list and he falls short in those categories…

      If you feel he doesnt proove it and get fans to vote for him, simple as that

  93. CHECK OUT THE LATEST WEBSITE LAUNCH “WWW.SULLEEJ.COM”
    MUSIC VIDEO TRAILER RELEASED! ON THE WEBSITE AND THE 4TH MIX TAPE! GOT FLOW?

    DONT SLEEP ON “SULLEE J”

  94. Sullee J has a DAMN good coverage.
    He’s been featured on FOX and CBS, has opened for Jay Sean, Mos Def, DMX, DJ Whoo Kid, Waka Flocka, Maino, DJ Drama and Travis Porter. Been featured on Pakistan’s national radio too, not to mention tens of US mainstream radios and college radios. Also recently raised 30,000 dollars for the Pakistani flood relief.

  95. 2chainz

  96. honestly i think Khleo Thomas should be a contender why you ask?? he put out hot music, gave us music videos that were sick, he had new listeners & followers. on top of that when you heard “2010” best new artists one of em you would think OH Khleo! and i guess that’s my opinion why he should be XXL 2011 Freshman.

  97. I like alot of these choices. I guess im gonna do what most other people do and post my list.

    Not in any perticular order.

    1.Mac Miller
    2. Chip Tha Ripper
    3.XV (gotta show KS some love haha, im from Lawrence KS so yea)
    4.CyHi
    5. Yelawolf
    6. Diggy Simmons
    7. Big K.R.I.T.
    8.Smoke DZA
    9.Meek Mill
    10.Dom Kennedy

    Vado, Curt@!n$, Laws, kendrick lamar, los, fiend, trademark and Chevy Woods/Kev da Hustler could all fit in also, or lil b haha… i never liked French Montana but do to the fact hes got alot of co-signs and features i could see him as teh OJ da Juicman of this year…-_-

    A group/artists id like to see up here but wont just do to there “ODD” nature and kinda intentional creepiness is OFWGKTA. Mainly Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Though there lyrics are about some dark shit there flows are usually on point, lyrics witty, and Tyler produces most of his own beats which are sick.
    Or Das Racist, more of a joke to traditional Hip Hop fans.

  98. Check out our Freshman 10 predictions! http://six4teen.com/blog/?p=897

  99. i agree khleo all day

  100. ok a few people i didnt see here,
    Big Sean
    Kid Ink
    Meek Mill

  101. Ok Time 2 put Slick Watts on this list, He’s been featured on every top hip hop website and has a huge buzz in the streets!
    Check out his resume at http://www.wattsymusic.com

    Danger ft/Mike Jones is available on Itunes
    New Video Ft/ on worldstarhiphop.com, allhiphop.com. hiphopgame.com, Vladtv.com etc….

  102. Khleo Thomas has some of the sickest flow i have ever heard better then some of those scrubs up there youtube the nigga and you will see his rhymes are fresh and tight

  103. Um.. the freshman ten list should look something like this.
    1.Mike Jaggerr
    2.Mike Jaggerr
    3. Mike Jaggerr
    4. Mike Jaggerr
    5.Mike Jaggerr
    6.Mike Jaggerr
    7. Mike Jaggerr
    8. Mike Jaggerr
    9.Mike Jaggerr
    10.Mike Jaggerr

  104. Khleo Thomas should be up here. Just listen to the new song he has out called “Floyd Mayweather”. Listening to that song pumps you up to fight!

  105. Also I gotta give a shout out for Meek Mill. I liked his song “Ball to the Max,” so I want Meek Mill up here too!

  106. NO OFWGKTA? U SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. TYLER THE CREATOR IS THE TRUTH AND ONCE EARL SWEATSHIRT GETS OUT IT’S OVER

  107. XV shud have made it last year so he shud definetly be on there this

  108. my list.

    1. xv
    2. mac miller
    3. cyhi
    4. big krit
    5. yelawolf
    6. tyler the creator
    7. los
    8. kendrick lamar
    9. curtains
    10. (not yet decided)

  109. CHIP THA RIPPER
    DOM KENNEDY
    DIGGY
    BIG K.R.I.T
    YELAWOLF
    CYHI
    XV
    KENDRICK LAMAR
    MAC MILLER
    JAY ELECTRONICA

    honerable mentions:
    -chiddy
    -curtains
    -schoolboy q
    -los
    -trademark
    (tyga, big sean, and vodo have either been on it or dropped a major album in their career so they are counted out)

  110. yo how can have a list without fred da godson dude was everywere

  111. Feroz sadly isn’t given enough credit. His Invisible Man mixtape is J. Cole level, but even more unique.

    XV and Yelawolf deserve it also simply for the lack of them being on it last year.

  112. My Freshman Top Ten List
    Mac Miller(Dope)
    Chip Tha Ripper (Goes Hard)
    Waka Flocka(based on popularity only)
    Tyga(Pure Beast)
    Diggy(Fresh Style)
    Lil B(Wack but has work ethic, Plus he just got signed)
    Chiddy Bang(Puttin in work)
    Vado(beast)
    Kid INK(his material is out there)
    Yelawolf(Shouldve been there last year)
    And if you ask me i dont care about being a rapper or not Mike Posner should be there but you know how that goes.

  113. 20111 freshman:
    chiddy bang
    mac miller
    big k.r.i.t
    yellowolf
    kid ink
    french montana
    vado
    meek mill
    diggy simmons (?)
    cyhi da prince
    out of the 10 i recommend i believe chiddy bang (even tho its a group) will have the biggest impact in 2011 along with mac miller & big k.r.i.t.Meek has to get a bigger fan base even though he is well known in tri state area so does kid ink, who im a big fan of.

  114. Why isnt Chris Webby on the list? Now dats sum bullshit! Dat guys flow is way sicker than half the fools on this list…Exspecially French Montana!!!

  115. Chris Webby!!!!!

  116. Chris Webby!

  117. Chris Webby…He Aint No Joke…Freestyle or Written Its All Good!

  118. this list is alright but it really needs to be like this:
    xv
    dom kennedy
    los
    diggy
    yealwolf
    chip tha ripper
    french montana
    sam adams
    emilio rojas
    shawn chrystopher

  119. Where the fuck is my nigga LOS?????
    dat nigga be killin shit man wtf

  120. Chip tha Ripper deserves to be on here more than any other rapper

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