The 2023 XXL Freshman Class theme is “All Eyes On Us.” The artists who were named to the list this year have made it nearly impossible to stop watching them. Whether it be through their infectious music, their effortless swag, or undeniable social media followings, the 12 artists who were selected this year have proven that they have what it takes to not only make a splash in the game but also end up on top of it. As hip-hop is set to turn 50 later this year, these artists continue to push the envelope and influence the next generation to continue advancing what we look at as hip-hop today. The future is indeed bright for this group.
XXL will release freestyles, cyphers, interviews, and more with each Freshman over the next month. Producer Pi’erre Bourne, who created the beats for the always anticipated freestyles, will also be interviewed about how the whole process went for him.
Congratulations to all of the artists who were voted to be freshmen this year! Until the issue officially drops, enjoy a gallery of some of our favorite songs from the 2023 XXL Freshman Class. Let us know who your favorites are and if there’s anybody that you would’ve wanted to see make the list who didn’t in the comments.