Relax and take notes ’cause class is in session. After months of speculation over which rappers made XXL’s third annual Freshmen Class cover, the list of the 10 Freshmen for ’10 was finally revealed last week.
Now is the unveiling of XXL’s April issue’s cover, featuring the 10 Freshmen for ’10. Hip-hop fans got a sneak peak of the mag’s special cover yesterday on MTV2’s Sucker Free, when it was first seen publicly and today (March 1) it hits the web.
The new breed of hustlers includes: Roc Nation’s first signee J. Cole, gangsta rap up-and-comer Nipsey Hu$$le, newly-minted Asylum lyricist Pill, 1017 Brick Squad member OJ Da Juiceman, indie-sensation Wiz Khalifa, G.O.O.D. Music’s own Big Sean, underground favorite Fashawn, Gary, Indiana rep Freddie Gibbs, West Coast phenom Jay Rock and the latest addition to the Atlantic roster, Donnis.
In addition to the special issue, XXL will also be dropping an exclusive mixtape, DJ Whoo Kid Presents XXL 10 Freshman for ‘10 Mixtape next Monday (March 8)—available for free on XXLMag.com, radioplanet.tv and thisis50.com—that will feature new music from all 10 of the cover stars. Whoo Kid will also be playing select cuts from the tape while the artists call in to his show this coming Saturday (March 6) on Sirius/Shade45.
Keep an out for behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot and interviews with all the Freshmen on mtv.com/news, MTV2’s Sucker Free and here at XXLMag.com. More info to come soon on the XXL 10 Freshmen for ’10 concert later this month in New York City. (You’ll also be able to win tickets to the show here.)
XXL’s April issue is on sale March 16 and includes the Freshmen producers, hip-hop soul artists and hip-hop duos/groups, also an in-depth look on what it’s like to be a new rapper today, a special recap of last year’s Freshmen class and an Eye Candy that’ll make you say ahh. —XXL Staff XXL
XXL released their Eye Candy of The Year and they called it a tie between video vixens Rosa Acosta and Tammy Torres. Not to have a Kanye West moment …Tammy Torres is hot and all, but come on, Rosa Acosta has been killing the competition this year like no one else. Let me be clear, I am not judging who is hotter, I am just saying that the hype has been all about Rosa this year.
I am not sure what metric they were using for this title (I’d hope it would be magazine sales) but whatever it is, it runs in the face of where the heat really is. Let’s grab some easy numbers to compare: As I’m writing this, Rosa Acosta has 30,654 followers on Twitter and Tammy Torres has 11,562. On MySpace, Rosa has 18,449 friends and Tammy Torres has 7,035.
Let’s face it, Rosa’s stretching video got the buzz going like crazy. Things may change in 2010 but as far as who people are talking about, searching for and clicking on, it’s Rosa by a mile. blackjackskanz
What do you think?