Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and it’s that time of year again! No, not Easter preparation time. It’s time to get hyped about the 2019 XXL Freshman Class! If you know this blog, this is a big event for me, so strap in and let’s talk about these predictions!
XXL is a hip-hop magazine that has been around for decades. They have grown an online presence, as many magazines do, but their news articles fight with many other outlets to be the best hip-hop news source. However, one thing that has kept them above the competition are their annual Freshman lists. In these, they pick ten up-and-coming hip-hop artists and feature them in the magazine. They also get the rappers to perform freestyles and cyphers, which are huge deals in the online community. As you could probably tell, I am a big fan of this list, as I love seeing what artists will get the XXL cosign and how well they can perform in their freestyles/cyphers.
A lot of people have already made their predictions about who will be on the list, but I wait until the final contenders come out. You can see these contenders–and vote for which ones you want to make it–by clicking here. In this post, I am going to pick the ten rappers who I think will make the list. I am picking my selections based on a mixture of their overall popularity and my personal opinion, similar to what I did last year, so this list might be different than who you think will get in. Also, keep in mind, these are just my predictions; I am not ranking any of them yet. I will be ranking them in a future post once the official list is released with the freestyles and cyphers. If you want, you can check out my 2018 XXL Freshman Class RANKED and 2017 XXL Freshman Class RANKED posts to see what it will look like. But anyways, here are my alphabetical predictions.
Blueface is easily one of the more obvious picks on this list. He’s been an internet celebrity for half of a year now and his hit song “Thotiana” is pulling in good numbers. Even though I see him as an artist with some potential, I don’t think he would be a good choice for the list. However, his massive popularity pretty much earns him this spot, so there’s a good chance he’s going to make it on the list.
Out of all the people I’m going to mention, I hope Boogie gets on this list the most! He’s on Eminem’s Shady Records label, so he has the resources to make the list. He also released an amazing album this year, “Everythings For Sale”, which is one of my favorite albums of 2019 so far. Not only does it show his lyrical ability, but the emotional and deep topics he covers shows he is more than apt enough to make the list!
Comethazine is an artist I’m not really fond of. I find his style to be pretty basic and bland. But, he has grown a pretty loyal fanbase over the past year comprised of underground and mainstream fans alike, so I could surely see him getting a spot.
Again, Gunna is another artist I’m not a fan of. However, I would prefer him over his similar contemporary Lil Baby because there are some features I genuinely enjoy from him (Travis Scott’s “Yosemite” and Usher’s “Gift Shop”). He also had a big hit last year with “Drip Too Hard”, and having a hit that big gives him a larger chance to making the list.
#5: Juice WRLD
Juice WRLD is undeniably the most popular artist on here. The hit power “Lucid Dreams” had is enough to prove this. He’s a shoe-in for the list, I believe. However, I could see him being one of those artists to reject the list because he’s “not just a rapper”, which is an excuse that has been made by multiple contenders in the past, so we’ll just have to wait to see if he makes it.
#6: Rico Nasty
XXL seems to have one female rapper on all their lists, and I think Rico Nasty has the best chance to be that rapper. She’s the most popular out of all the contenders, and most of the reviews I see on her are good. I have yet to listen to her music, but from what I’ve seen, she’s a great contender for the list.
#7: Roddy Ricch
Roddy Ricch is another Young Thug copycat whom I can’t stand, but he’s done songs with Marshmello and Post Malone, and I’ve seen some his music on the lower ends of the Apple Music charts, so I think he has enough popularity to make the list.
#8: Sheck Wes
While there is a 99.9% chance he will not have a hit aside from “Mo Bamba”, I think he is an easy pick for the list. He’s on Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack label, so much like Boogie, he has some good backing behind him, and XXL can squeeze out whatever hype “Mo Bamba” has left by adding him on the list, so I think he has a decent chance.
Valee has not had many major hits (you could count “Womp Womp”, but that song wasn’t really big in the first place), but he’s on the G.O.O.D. Music label, so being on this list might be able to give him the push he needs to become a big star.
#10: YBN Cordae
And lastly, we have YBN Cordae. Like Rico Nasty, I have not delved too much into his discography, but I have heard mostly good things. From what I have heard of his music, he seems to be the most lyrical of the YBNs, and he has a pretty loyal fanbase, so I see him being a strong pick for the list.
Thank you for reading my 2019 XXL Freshman Class Predictions. Again, these are my opinions and have no real bearing to who will actually be on the list. If you liked this post, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in to read my future reviews. Also, if you have something you want to see me review, tell me in the comments. Until then, keep on listening to good music, and be sure to check in when I make my 2018 XXL Freshman Class Ranked post! I know I will.