The 2022 XXL Freshman Class has finally been revealed, and it includes a few big names featured on HipHopDX’s Rising Stars list.

The previous Freshman Class in 2021 included Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Morray, Iann Dior, Layekah, DDG, 42 Dugg, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii and Flo Milli, all of whom went on to achieve significant stardom in 2022.

As is always the case, fans felt divided on who received the final stamp of approval this year, with disgruntled fans on Twitter particularly sad to see Yeat and Lucki didn’t make the cut.



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The final list is as follows: BabyTron, Cochise, Saucy Santana, Babyface Ray, KenTheMan, 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star SoFaygo, Big Scarr, Big30, KayCyy, 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star Doechii, Kali and 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star Nardo Wick.

The XXL Freshman series is also celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022, with the magazine writing, “The 2022 XXL Freshman Class is breaking the mold. They refuse to conform to the norm, and pride themselves on creating a fresh sound in hip-hop. Like the classes that came before them, these newly inducted rappers are aiming for superstardom.”



Out on newsstands on July 13, the issue will also include interviews with Lupe Fiasco, Kevin Gates, Pi’erre Bourne, NLE Choppa, Yvngxchris, DJ Dahi and Wheezy Outta Here, the esteemed producer who will be handling the class’s forthcoming freestyle beats.

Check out the 2022 XXL Freshman Class cover below.

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