The 2017 XXL Freshman Class Has Been Announced

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Generation: Next is here!

Hip Hop Magazine XXL has finally released their new freshman cover for the 2017 class.

This year showcases familiar names like Amine from Portland, Philly’s PnB Rock, Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, and Florida’s XXXTentacion as the 10th spot winner. The other members off the list include: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie from New York, Madeintyo from Tokyo, Kap G from Atlanta, Kamaiyah from The Bay Area, Ugly God from Houston, and Kyle from Venture, California.

Though the actual issue of XXL wont officially be released until July 4th, fans can get the chance to see everyone perform at the XXL Freshman show at either the PlayStation Theater in New York City on June 28th, or at The Novo in California on July 12th.

According to XXL, this year will mark the 10th anniversary of their Freshman franchise. To celebrate, this coming issue will include 34 former freshman sharing their experiences and success stories since their covers; along with much more to look forward too.

Buy tickets for the New York Freshman Show here

Buy tickets for the California Freshman Show here

 

 

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How Playboi Carti Became One of the Hottest Artists Out Right Now

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From bagging groceries and working at H&M to selling out festival venues with a deal from Interscope Records, this SoundCloud artist has become one of the hottest headliners of the era.

Unlike most of these new artists that have been popping up out of nowhere, 20-year-old Atlanta rapper Playboy Carti isn’t just some overnight success. Carti began from dropping his first mixtape, Young Mi$Fit under the name Sir Cartier, to landing rapper Key! and Awful records as mentors while still in high school. Since 2014, Carti’s been building his fan base from songs on the internet to eventually landing himself a meeting with A$AP Rocky at SXSW in 2015.

What gave Carti his first breakout moment was his song “Broke Boi” which now has over 25 million plays. Stardom truly fell upon Carti later in 2016, with features on a few of Lil Uzi’s tracks along with a feature on “Telephone Calls” from A$AP Mob’s album Cozy Tapes. By 2017 Carti had already toured the country with some of the hottest names in Rap, and since became the popular yet mysterious phenomenon he is known by today.

Carti dropped his debut album Playboi Carti back in April, getting major buzz from fans, to fellow artists, to media outlets. Singles off the album have broken into the Billboard Top 100 like “Magnolia” receiving attention as a memeable anthem. With a new mentorship from A$AP Rocky and the success he’s already gotten from music to breaking into fashion and acting, Carti is in an atmosphere of success right now.

Maybe SoundCloud artists do have a future in the industry, if they work as hard as Playboi Carti that is.

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Pick Up Your Tickets for Riot Fest 2017

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The first lineup for Riot Fest 2017 has been revealed!

The Windy City festival will be following up after Coachella’s complete domination over California. Returning acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Queens of the Stone Age, Action Bronson, Vic Mensa, M.I.A., and many others are scheduled to perform at the three-day takeover.

Riot Fest 2017 will be held September 15th through the 17th at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois. 25 more bands are expected to be listed on the lineup as well. According to HYPEBEAST, official announcements for who they will be have yet to be heard.

You can pick up tickets through Ticketfly.

Check out the official website here!

 

Artists Unite and Concur at SXSW

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During the course of this past week, Austin, Texas hosted yet another blow-out experience of the annual SXSW.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media conferences and festivals usually taking place during the middle of March on Spring Break. It is a chance to come out and see your favorite artists perform and even get the chance to take a pic with them on the streets of Austin, but for those looking to network in the industry, SXSW would be right up your alley.

SXSW may be able to attract many heads with its headline artists, but the best thing about the festival in my experience is the opportunities it gives up-and-coming artists to perform, connect, or even sign to a label if the time is right (Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral signed to Interscope/Alamo Records at SXSW)!

Throughout the week you can see different artists from every genre coming out to the city using the excitement to promote their art, networking with others doing the same. Countless billboards and posters are placed all over the city, live performances on the street can be heard just walking by, promotional gifts handed out for completing social following tasks, interviews are held from bloggers and freelance writers; the whole thing makes you wonder why you’ve never attended sooner.

So if your an industry cat, or an artist looking for a chance at that next step in your career, I’d recommend to make sure your present for the festival next year. You can find the link to the SXSW website along with their complete Music Bloggers Guide below.

Official SXSW Website.

Music Bloggers guide here.