May 6, 2014


XXL Freshman 2014 Class: Here's What You Need to Know About the Dirty Dozen

XXL's Freshman Class of 2014 list is here! Whether you agree with the venerable rap mag's picks for up-and-coming talent or are pissed at who got snubbed (Casey Veggies), one thing is for certain: This is no small endorsement. 

Two years ago, XXL named Future, Danny Brown and Iggy Azalea that year's freshman. And in 2010, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean made the list. Obviously, XXL has an ear for the next big thing, so you better pay attention to this year's "Dirty Dozen" (yeah, they slipped two R&B singers into the mix this year). 

Click ahead to get the rundown on the artists who just might dominate the game in the next two years.

#1Rich Homie Quan

Hometown: Decatur, Georgia

What He Sounds Like: Coming out the budding, lo-fi Atlanta rap scene that includes Future and Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan won fans over with his third mixtape, Still Goin’ Strong (Reloaded), released early last year.

Standout Track: “Type of Way” is a dark, mid-tempo joint that was adopted by the Michigan State Spartans football team as they’re unofficial 2013 anthem. Rich Homie Quan performed it with them in the locker room after the 2014 Rose Bowl.

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