XXL patiently waited for 106 & Park to air today, Monday, May 5 and have officially unveiled their XXL Freshmen 2014 cover.
This year’s cover features 12 Hip-Hop artists–dubbed The Dirty Dozen–that have been building a buzz enough to be given the greenlight of running the new wave.
In alphabetical order, they are August Alsina, Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, Jarren Benton, Jon Connor, Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, Lil Durk, Rich Homie Quan, Troy Ave, Ty Dolla $ign and Vic Mensa.
The XXL staff was on hand to exclusively reveal the XXL Freshmen 2014 cover on BET’s 106 & Park Monday evening (May 5). Starting next week and running till June, we’ll be rolling out profiles, interviews, roundtables, and our world famous cyphers and freestyles with this year’s fine crop of talent. Plus there are a few more surprises that we’ll keep close to the vest for now.
Since 2008, XXL has anointed a new breed of rappers on the rise with its annual cover — an event that many in the hip-hop community view as a sign that these young artists have “made it.” Past selections include Kendrick Lamar, YG, Future, Big Sean, and Grammy winner Macklemore. Is there a multi-award winner in our midst?
Check out the full 2014 XXL Freshmen cover below and hit the gallery to see all the star artists individually just in case you find yourself asking, “who?”
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