It’s June, the time of year when institutions everywhere are saying farewell to the graduating class and preparing to welcome the incoming batch of newbies. It has become a tradition during this season for XXL Magazine to unveil their Freshmen class, a group of select artists who they honor as the future stars of hip-hop. The new issue featuring the class of 2016 is now out, and it features more than a few familiar faces.
The most recognizable names in this year’s class include Desiigner, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, Lil Dicky and Lil Uzi Vert. The other honorees are 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Dave East, Denzel Curry and G Herbo. The issue of the magazine hits shelves on June 28, and XXL will be putting on a concert in New York featuring the Freshmen class the same day.
Members of freshmen classes of old have included the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown and Future, so expect great things from this lucky group of ten.
Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the cover.
In other rapper news, Tyler, the Creator held a star-studded presentation for his Golf Wang fashion show over the weekend.