Rappers The 2018 XXL Freshman List, Ranked  

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Featuring rappers you've heard of and some you haven't, here is the 2018 XXL Freshman List. Every year, the hip hop magazine makes their picks for the top 10 hottest new rappers in the game right now. There are only nine XXL Freshmen in 2018 because both Lil Skies and Rich the Kid declined to be featured. Who is the best 2018 XXL Freshman? 

While Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, and BlocBoy JB have all had mainstream success, rising hip hop artists, like Stefflon Don, YBN Nahmir, and Smokepurpp, are finally getting the recognition they deserve. The other 2018 XXL Freshman rappers are Ski Mask the Slump God, J.I.D, and Wifisfuneral. 

Vote up the most deserving rappers on the 2018 XXL Freshman List, and watch their XXL freestyles below. Check out where 2018's XXL Freshmen ranks among all the XXL Freshman Classes

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Destin Route (born October 31,1990), better known by his stage name J.I.D, is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. His debut ...more

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Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, better known by his stage name Ski Mask the Slump God (or simply Ski Mask), is an American rapper from Broward County, Florida.

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Nick Simmons (born December 18, 1999), known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American rapper from Birmingham, Alabama. He is best known for his single "Rubbin Off the Paint", which ...more

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Michael White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper and singer. He is best known for his songs "Love Scars", "Dark Knight

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Isaiah Rivera (born March 20, 1997), better known by his stage name Wifisfuneral, is an American hip hop recording artist. He is best known for his breakthrough mixtapes, "Black Heart ...more

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Stephanie Victoria Allen (born 14 December 1991), better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. She first appeared in the song "London" by ...more

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Omar Pineiro (born May 15, 1997), known professionally as Smokepurpp, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. Pineiro found success on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2017 after ...more

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James Baker (born May 19, 1996), known professionally as BlocBoy JB, is an American rapper and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for his song "Look Alive" featuring ...more

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Gazzy Garcia (born August 17, 2000), known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper and songwriter. He began uploading songs to music sharing website SoundCloud in 2016, gaining almost ...more