Five Takeaways From This Year’s XXL Freshmen Freestyles


Now that each of the annual 2016 XXL Freshmen freestyles have been released, let’s take some time to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly. Each year XXL takes their best attempt at predicting hip-hop’s future stars, and providing them with the XXL Freshman platform. This year’s class includes Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Anderson .Paak, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, G-Herbo, Lil Dicky, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yachty. For those who aren’t privy to a particular artist that was selected, the a cappella freestyle gives a peek into what they bring to the table as a lyricist and how creative they can be within a short window. This year’s group is extremely diverse in ability, making for some interesting, and original freestyles. On the following pages, STASHED has rounded up five things to take from this year’s XXL Freshmen freestyles.

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Marcus Blackwell

Chesapeake, Virginia native, Marcus currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Ball is life. So is Rap. Follow me on Twitter @_MarcusAB