Well at least they got Fetty Wap right.
Yesterday XXL Magazine dropped their annual Freshmen list issue. The yearly issue highlights rising stars in the rap industry who the magazine feels will leap into mainstream limelight in the next year. While the list was spot on with some selections (Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, OG Maco), they also missed in a couple spots big time as well. Below are three people who should have been on the Freshmen cover this year.
PARTYNEXTDOOR is the most polished underground artist in music right now. When The Weeknd decided against signing to OVO, Drake hit the pavement to find another talented voice for his collective, and landed Party. The Canada native has shown he is worth the co-sign of Drake as his debut album charted #1 on the US R&B charts. Party also headlined a nationwide tour and has sold out NYC on multiple occasions. His exclusion from the list was a major miss from the mag.
2- Fredo Santana
Fredo Santana has deserved a spot on the Freshmen list for the past two years. Very few independent artists have a diehard fan base as loyal as Fredo Santana. In regards to his catalog, Fredo has one of the most distinguished playlists in the past two years as well. The Chicago native has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Kevin Gates, Chief Keef and more. Financially, he has done a great job building his base as well, as Forbes listed that he is worth around 4.5. million dollars. Did I mention that he was also the star of a Drake music video as well?
Bas has done a great job building his fan base organically without diluting his catalog with a bunch of features. The Queens native has thrown most of his resources into hitting the road via tour with his Dreamville family, touching each fan with his music. The results have been strong, as his last album Revenge of the Dreamers peaked at 13 on the US Rap chart. With Dreamville, Interscope & J.Cole behind him, NYC should have gotten a rep on this years list.