It was rumored that XXL's Freshman Class list for 2010 was leaked back in late 2009. If you are unfamiliar, XXL magazine does a top ten list of up and coming artists at the beginning of the year that they believe will make a splash in the industry. Last years list included the likes of KiD CuDi, Asher Roth, B.o.B, and Wale.
This years freshmen ten includes "A New Breed of Hustlers." These artists, in no particular order, are J. Cole, Pill, Nipsey Hussle, Wiz Khalifa, OJ Da Juiceman, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Jay Rock, Fashawn, and Donnis. I wanted to take the time to highlight a few of these artists that I have been following for a bit as well as artists on this list that I would like to get more familiar with.
First off, I wanted to start off with an artist that I feel needs to grow as an artist before he can make a lasting impression on the industry. I haven't gotten too into the G.O.O.D. artist Big Sean, but it seems like he has potential. It doesn't help to have the guiding hand of Kanye West either.
Intro : Not as much an intro as it is a track, but it gives a good introduction to this young artist.
Glenwood ft. Kanye West : There is no denying that Kanye took Sean to the house on this one, but he still holds his own on one of the first classes I heard this new artist on.
Supa Dupa Lemonade Freestyle : Big Sean really seems to be at home over this Gucci beat and has fun delivering.