XXL is going on their 5th year of putting together a “Freshman Class” of hip hop up-and-comers, which is becoming somewhat of a big deal. As always the winners are never who I feel are most deserving, although the outcome is decided by the fans. Check out this years 2012 Class, as well as the FRS freshman class (both independent and mainstream.)
XXL Freshman Class (2012) Future Kid Ink Danny Brown French Montana Machlemore Don Trip Machine Gun Kelly Hopsin Iggy Azalea Roscoe Dash
FRS Freshman Class (Mainstream) Kid Ink A$AP Rocky Chip Tha Ripper Rockie Fresh Sam Adams XV Childish Gambino Pac Div Chiddy Bang Theophilus London
FRS Freshman Class (Independent) The Dean’s List Oncue Skizzy Mars Aziz Sol G-Eazy Ground Up Hoodie Allen Logic OCD: Moosh & Twist Sucka Free CJ Tayyib Ali YONAS Olu
Madeon is a 17 year old electropop producer from France, who has made some waves on the internet with his remixes as well as original tracks. His latest single, “Icarus” is dope electro track that will surely leave people wanting more. I sure do.
Bei Maejor is one of the artists who can do pretty much anything. He writes, raps, sings, and produces, giving him a lot of options in the music industry. Check out his latest single from the Upscape EP dropping February 29th.
It’s been a while since I’ve heard some new material from Cam Meekins, but his newest track “Cut Me Off” reminds us that the kid has some serious talent. Definitely a solid use of sampling here, using Gotye’s hit track “Somebody That I Used To Love.” Give it a listen..