XXL first started ranking their annual Freshmen list in 2008. A list that consists of up and coming rappers that we should be on the look out for. For the most part, they’ve been consistent, considering Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, French Montana, YG, Future, Big Sean, Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco, and many more have all been on their radar. This year, their list includes Chance The Rapper, Troy Ave, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina, and more. Full list can be found below. 

 Chance the Rapper

Isaiah Rashad

Ty Dolla $ign

Rich  Homie Quan

Vic Mensa

August Alsina

Troy Ave

Kevin Gates

Lil Bibby

Jon Connor

Lil Durk

Jarren Benton (People’s Champ, voted by fans)