XXL has announced its 2017 Freshman Class, marking the 10th year the publication has showcased up-and-coming artists on an annual cover. The 2017 class is: Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, KYLE, Ugly God, and XXXTentacion, who won a fan vote to make the class. See the XXL Freshman Class cover below. Last year’s Freshman Classincluded Anderson .Paak, Desiigner, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty, among others. Past XXL Freshmen include Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Chance the Rapper, Lil B, Kid Cudi, Tink, and Iggy Azalea.
Last year, Kamaiyah released her debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto, which Pitchfork named the No. 47 Album of 2016. Revisit our Rising feature “Supa Dupa Fly: Kamaiyah Bosses Up.”
XXXTentacion’s career has been shrouded in scandal. He has two upcoming court dates in Miami-Dade County, where he is charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering. This past March, he was released from jail after nearly six months when he pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm. He is currently serving six years of probation. At a recent concert in San Diego, he was knocked out on stage. A brawl then broke out, which led to one person getting stabbed.
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