This week, XXL Magazine released its annual Freshman Class cover and, as expected, the internet exploded with what can only be described as extreme disdain. There were questions about the relevancy and overall clout of the chosen artists but also the relevancy of the outlet itself.
thoughts on @XXL freshmen: 1) There isn’t one actual MC on the cover. 2) this is the least " hip hop "I’ve ever seen a " hip hop" mag be…
— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) June 13, 2017
Weakest class ever
— gohan (@B_Eeeez) June 13, 2017
ya'll taking an xxL wit this list
— Nigel (@nragan17) June 13, 2017
One of the more entertaining by-products, though — as in past years — is the volume of artists, tastemakers and fans who have been offering up their own lists.
Rapper Danny Brown named his favs: