Everyone is talking about it and now we finally have the official lineup of XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class, wherein the magazine picks the hottest up and coming MCs of the year. Hip-hop fans have been ablaze, discussing the list all over the internet and XXL has finally posted the brand new version of the cover on their website. 

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The cover was previously leaked online this past weekend and it seems like everyone has an opinion as to who deserves the distinction, who’s missing from the list and who is the next big thing. 

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GlobalGrind broke down the XXL Freshman Class by MC on the following pages and even picked the hottest track from each rapper. Check it out. Also, what do you think about the list? Let us know in the comment section below. 


Kendrick Lamar: The 23-year-old boasts futuristic style via his witty word play. He’ll also appear on Dr. Dre’s long awaited “Detox” album and the highly anticipated mix-tape with J Cole. Listen to ‘Vanity Slave’ Feat. Gucci Mane below.


Mac Miller: This 19-year-old from Pittsburgh has been gaining fans for a few years now off of his laid back, college aged rhymes and mature beats. He’s dropping yet another mixtape, ‘Best Day Ever’ on March 11th. Listen to ‘Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza’ below.


Lil Twist: 18-year-old Twist hails from the Young Money crew also made a cameo appearance in the movie ‘Lottery Ticket’ with Bow Wow. Mack Maine had reported on the Young Money website that Lil Twist is currently recording a mixtape with Justin Bieber. Listen to Twerk Team and Lil Twists’ ‘Gotta Alotta Of Money’ below.


YG: YG is short for Young Gangsta and is a straight West Coast rapper out of Compton, California. He’s currently working on his debut album due out later this year. Listen to ‘Toot It and Boot It’ below. Plus there’s an exclusive GG interview with YG coming soon!


Diggy Simmons: Rev Run’s cool son is also a dope MC. He already has two mixtapes under his belt, ‘The First Flight

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