Hip Hop Artists The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked  

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Following the 2018 XXL Freshman Class announcement, we're ranking all 11 XXL Freshman Classes from best to worst. Every year (except 2008), the hip hop magazine features the hottest up and coming rappers. While some have gone to have successful rap careers, others have fell off and disappeared. Which year had the best XXL Freshmen? 

While the 2016 XXL Freshman Class includes popular rappers, like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Dicky, and Lil Yachty, the 2011 XXL Freshmen had Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, YG, and Mac Miller. Other good XXL Freshman years are 2010 (J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa), 2014 (Chance the Rapper and Ty Dolla Sign), and 2012 (Future and Danny Brown).

Vote up the best XXL Freshman Class based on their careers after being featured on the cover. 

2016 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked
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1 316 VOTES

2016

Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Yachty
Kodak Black
Denzel Curry
G Herbo
Dave East
Lil Dicky
Anderson Paak
Desiigner
21 Savage

211 105
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2013 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked
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2 256 VOTES

2013

Schoolboy Q
Trinidad James
Joey Bada$$
Ab-Soul
Logic
Action Bronson
Kirko Bangz
Travi$ Scott
Dizzy Wright
Angel Haze
Chief Keef

174 82
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2011 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked
Photo: XXL
3 240 VOTES

2011

Meek Mill
Big K.R.I.T.
Cyhi the Prynce
Lil Twist
Yelawolf
Fred the Godson
Mac Miller
YG
Lil B
Kendrick Lamar
Diggy Simmons

165 75
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2010 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best XXL Freshman Classes, Ranked
Photo: XXL
4 206 VOTES

2010

J. Cole
Pill
Nipsey Hussle
Freddie Gibbs
Big Sean
Wiz Khalifa
OJ da Juiceman
Jay Rock
Fashawn
Donnis

133 73
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