XXL Freshman Class Of 2012

By Corban Goble / February 28, 2012

Despite the simple notion that making a list of a year’s top 10 new rappers has become obsolete in the days of overnight Internet sensations (eXquire, A$AP, etc.), rap mag XXL still keeps pumping out its annual Freshman Class and people still love to keep arguing about it. This year’s list contains the usual amount of head-scratchers (Hopsin? Kid Ink?), a handful of deserving names (Don Trip, Danny Brown, Future, I guess French Montana) and others that are probably lesser talking points of a greater discussion (they picked the wrong Azealia/Azalea, probably). Also, if I was the type of person to get extremely worked up over this — I’m not — I’d be up in arms about A$AP Rocky not making it (but then again, I could see that boiling down to politics, as ASAP is already on several covers). What say you hordes of the Internet? Who got screwed? Here’s 2011’s Freshman Class cover, for the curious. Full list of 2012 Freshman Class members below.

01 Future
02 Kid Ink
03 Danny Brown
04 French Montana
05 Macklemore
06 Don Trip
07 Machine Gun Kelly
08 Hopsin
09 Iggy Azalea
10 Roscoe Dash