XXL cypher

XXL’s annual Freshman Class issue is always a sketchy proposition, but it always includes at least a handful of genuine talents. Five of the most interesting guys on this year’s list have joined forces for a cypher not unlike the ones we see on the BET Awards every year. Watch below as Southern storyteller supreme Kevin Gates, sing-songy Chicago youngster Vic Mensa, R&B crooner August Alsina, cerebral TDE rookie Isaiah Rashad, and acid-fried whiz kid Chance The Rapper showcase their talents.


(via CoS)

Not Mensa’s most poised performance, and Alsina is capable but biting Chris Brown pretty hard. Chance’s rapping is impressively commanding but only average by Chance standards. From where I stand, Gates and Rashad come off the best here. In case you missed it, Chance also did a solo freestyle as part of the Freshman Class promotion.

Comments (7)
  1. Let’s be honest in America right now. Chance and Isaiah Rashad are operating on a whole other level then the rest of these guys. I’m actually surprised at the lack of attention “Cilvia Demo” has gotten this year – it’s phenomenal.

    • they were all good. vic mensa and kevin gates might have been a little weak but they are usually great as well.

    • Agreed on Cilvia Demo, seeing him next week with Schoolboy, and I think I prefer Cilvia Demo over Oxymoron. It’s a completely cohesive headphone album.

  2. Gates had the best look for sure, that head bob on his last line is just an awesome capper to some great bars. Chance’s delivery was great as always but gets points docked for reusing his verse from Home Studio. Cmon man.

  3. Rashad > Gates > Chance > Alsina >>>> Mensa

    For whatever reason, I thought that Mensa’s was just not good. Fuzzy delivery combined with contrived shit

    lottttttta talent in this cypher though, forrreal

  4. Gates killed it. Chance definitely didn’t take this seriously. Vic wrote his verse in the car ride over.

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