Thursday, July 13, 2017

XXL Freshman Class 2017


The 2017 XXL Freshman Class has had the internet talking for nearly a month now thanks to this year’s class showing out in their freestyles and opening up about their respective movements in interviews.

With this year’s roster marking the 10th anniversary of our Freshman franchise, fans have been more vocal than ever about who did and didn’t make the list. This year’s XXL Freshman—A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Kyle, Ugly God, Aminé, Kamaiyah, Madeintyo, Kap G, Playboi Carti and the 10th Spot Winner XXXTentacion, all bring something different to hip-hop culture at the moment and definitely aren’t shy about showing off their skills in the XXL Freshman cyphers.

Check out the full five-minute Freshman cypher below directed by Travis Satten and produced by Team Satten Productions.





— Kyle, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Aminé —

After Kyle, Aminé and A Boogie’s cypher dropped on Monday (July 10), next up is Playboi Carti, Madeintyo, Ugly God and XXXTentacion. These four performers vibe off each other’s energy to create one insane match-up.

With producer Sonny Digital on the ones and twos, Playboi attacks the beat first. Hopping around in a Supreme varsity jacket and backpack, while exuding the same confidence with which he delivered his hit single “Magnolia,” Carti keeps things light and fun. “Ben Baller, no Johnny Dang/All my niggas blood gang/All my niggas gangbang/Aye, what? Ya, aye,” spits Carti.

After Carti, Madeintyo takes over and does his signature dance while rhyming about his jewels. “Tokyo, Tokyo that cool thang/Probably take her out to Blue Flame, uh/Yeah diamonds when I walk/Diamonds when I walk/Diamonds when I talk/Yeah,” Tyo rhymes at the end of his verse. Ugly God picks up right where Tyo leaves off by spitting those same bars as an ad-lib for the beginning of his own verse.

Ugly then dives into his own hilarious verse, bringing his snarky, childish attitude to the mic. “Look at my wrist, goddamn/Look at my bitch, goddamn/Look at my dick, goddamn/Talk shit and get hit, goddamn/Pull up on your block/Nigga you a bitch/I might fuck yo’ bitch/I might hit a lick,” spits Ugly through his own laughter.



Playboi Carti, Madeintyo, Ugly God & XXXTentacion

Finally, XXX adds an unexpected dose of drama to the cypher by having Sonny cut the music to deliver his eerie verse a cappella. “And if the world ever has an apocalypse I will kill all of you fuckers/Feel with be plentiful, death will bountiful/I will spare none of you peasants,” raps X while bending down on one knee directly in front of the camera.

Last, but definitely not least, was PnB, Kap G and Kamaiyah. Each came with some solid rhyme schemes, a few quotables at least, serving as a fitting into this year’s edition of XXL Freshman cyphers.


Check all three of them for yourself below, and in case you missed them, watch the individual freestyles here: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Madeintyo, Kyle, Kamaiyah, Kap G, Aminé and XXXTentacion. — XXL
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