Why Are There No Women in XXL’s Freshman Class?


The emotional and narrative cement of the late MTV series Run’s House came at the end of each episode, when New Jersey den-father Reverend Run texted and/or tweeted contemplative missives to his support system from his bathtub. Seems like Rev’s bath texts were prescient, and Run the Younger has taken note. Second-youngest son, Diggy, is among a sizeable group of rappers who’ve been long-embraced twitter’s substantially expanded audience.

Last night, XXL revealed its annual list of “next” rappers to the internet. The 2011 list includes Run’s second-youngest son Diggy and a lot of other rappers who have already long been embraced by the sizable twitter audience that’s substantially expanded since the Rev’s pre-smart phone tub sessions. They include former FADER cover stars Lil B and Yelawolf, our favorite teen to love and hate YG (shout out Ty$!) plus Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi Da Prynce, Lil Twist, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar. It’s likely you already know about these dudes if you’re a blog reader—they come from all parts of the country and are supported by both labels and their own internet savvy. But where are the ladies? At a moment when everyone in the country may have some Nicki-karaoke practice, are there no female MC’s, young or old, quality enough to be deemed rap’s “next,” or perhaps, more appropriately, “now”?

One man who may know is Andrew Noz. His rundown of the list is worth briefing, with some standout gems like: Who’s Lil B? “The princess that fucked your bitch… the most creative rapper breathing right now,” and a man who has “already changed lives.” Who can we thank for YG’s “Toot It and Boot It”? His producer, TY$. Why is Mac Miller marketable? Because “he’s a white person.” Fred The Godson is a harder sell because he looks, “like a giant baby.” See an artfully revised take on the group, after the jump.


POSTED February 22, 2011 4:30PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (11) TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,




  1. Damn who ever made that alternate cover is a fcking based pretty boy genius! BASEDWORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -TK SWAGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Naomi Zeichner says:

    reformer artists; so quick!

  4. tony rivera says:

    The list is cool none of my pixks made the list
    Twitter went crazy when XXL asked for people for freshmen, I created a mix of artist, I felt might get over looked. I made it one original song from each artist and one mixtape song. The Songs are CDQ and have no tags on them.

    DJ Tony Rivera Presents – XXL Freshmen Tryouts 2011




    Streaming Link


    1. 1997 – Dom Kennedy
    2. Bun B for President – Dom Kennedy X J. Cole
    3. Can I Borrow A Feeling – Mic Terror
    4. Favorite Girl – Mic Terror
    5. Leave Me Alone – Machine Gun Kelly
    6. All The Way Turnt Up – Machine Gun Kelly
    7. Baby I’m Back – Carlos Ferragamo Prod By J.U.S.T.I.C.E League
    8. Ken & Ryu – Carlos Ferragamo X Jimmy Valentime
    9. Liar- Bizzle
    10. Tomorrow- Bizzle
    11. Time- Jimmy Valentime Prod By J. Dilla
    12. Up All Night- Jimmy Valentime X Lyrical Blades
    13. Cold As Ice – Joe Columbo
    14. Vlad Tv Freestyle- Joe Columbo X Jimmy Valentime
    15. PYT- The Incomparable Shakespeare
    16. Rugby, Knits & Polos – The Incomparable Shakespeare
    17. Always (Yi Zhi) -LUZ
    18. The Doom- Luz
    19. Look At Me Now – Childish Gambino
    20. Run This Town – Childish Gambino
    21. Turn it Up – Emilo Rojas X Yelawolf
    22. Who Dat – Emilo Rojas

  5. jess says:

    Angel Haze should be on that list…maybe next year. She is good youtube her.

  6. Kysha (Kykee) says:

    um my girl LADIE P should totally of been the center of this list, check her out (:


  7. Teddy Bushwick says:

    Honestly, is this the BEST that you could come up with? I expect SO MUCH MORE from Fader, which is entirely the fault of a publication that I’m used to providing quality articles to its readership on and offline.

    When an article is titled “Why Are There No Women in XXL’s’ Freshman Class?”, I actually EXPECT the article to be about that topic. Not just the last two sentences of a paragraph. Talk about misleading loyal readers. Sheesh. Maybe y’all need better staff, and I can think of several writers who would actually have the salt to take on that topic and not hide it behind a photoshopped image and an inadequate concluding paragraph dickriding the most popular out of the group.

    Step it up. Y’all don’t usually suck like this.