The annual debate about who should, or should not, make this year's XXL magazine Freshman list can now officially begin. The Hip-Hop publication will be picking the 10th slot via fan vote, and there are a number of notable acts that will be looking to gain the last spot on the roster.
There are 50 artists on the candidate list and the instructions says, "The rapper with the most votes who is not already on the list will win the 10th spot as the People's Champ." So who is already locked in?
Some of the MCs and rappers looking for votes include King L, Chief Keef, Ca$h Out, Hit-Boy, Trinidad James and Mr. MFN eXquire. Action Bronson, Dee-1 and Casey Veggies are couple of names back on the last after being up for consideration last year, too. To vote you can either tweet your pick with the hashtag from the contest page or use the a poll that is also available. You can also manually make your pick on Twitter using the provided template.
Last year's XXL Freshman class consisted of Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Brown, Kid Ink, Future, Roscoe Dash, Hopsin, Macklemore, Don Trip, Iggy Azalea and French Montana. What got as much publicity as the members was French Montana's decision to rock a fur vest complete with a bear head hoodie.
The 2012 crew had varying degrees of success. Machine Gun Kelly dropped his debut, Lace Up, and Kid Ink recently caught a record deal with RCA Records. French Montana was featured on a bunch of hits, including his own, "Pop That," but his debut album, Excuse My French, was pushed back multiple times.
Oh and if you're wondering, Where is A$AP Rocky?, you forgot that he allegedly turned down a spot last year and went on to say some of those on the list were "corny as f-ck." His A$AP Mob buddy A$AP Ferg is in the running this year, though.
Check out the full list below. Who do you think should be a lock for a spot on the 2013 XXL Freshman class?
Chance the Rapper
Mr. MFN eXquire