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

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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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