XXL has revealed this year’s Freshman Class – let’s find out who is in their list.
Every year, the publication announces a line-up of top up-and-coming artists which grace the cover of their annual summer issue.
The outlet has said that they chose 12 musicians for their annual edition, however, one of them pulled out of the class the day before the photoshoot.
So, let’s find out who made it in this year’s line-up.
XXL reveals 2021 Freshman List/Class
The 2021 XXL Freshman Class has been unveiled which includes the likes of Pooh Shiesty, Toosi, Rubi Rose, DDG, 42 Dugg, Coi Leray, and others.
Iann Dior, Flo Milli, Blxst, Lakeyah and Morray also made it in this year’s class.
On their website, the publication explains:
“This year, the staff did record numbers of Zoom meetings from January to March to meet and greet artists, listen to new music and hear the rollout plans for roughly 100 Freshman prospects, which ultimately became the 10th spot selections.
“After much debate, conversations with industry peers and talks with anyone who felt compelled to share a Freshman list they created, 12 artists made the final cut—but one pulled out of the class the day before the shoot.“
The 22-year-old artist comes from Memphis, Tennessee.
Pooh Shiesty is signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records and Atlantic Records and rose to fame for his collaborations with the rapper and other artists.
Toosi, whose name is Nau’Jour Lazier Grainger, was born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The 21-year-old signed to South Coast Music Group in 2019.
He released the mixtape Thank You for Believing this year which includes the likes of DaBaby, Latto, and Key Glock.
Rubi Rose, 23, hails from Lexington, Kentucky.
Apart from her music career, she studied Politics at Georgia State University.
Rubi released her first official mixtape, For the Streets, in December of 2020.
The singer, songwriter, boxer and former YouTuber comes from Pontiac, Michigan.
DDG is signed with Epic Records and teamed up with OG Parker for Die 4 Respect in March this year.
Coi, 24, is signed with Republic and hails from Boston, Massachusetts.
She dropped her breakout single ‘Huddy’ and her debut mixtape Everythingcoz in 2018.
The rest are 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Flo Milli, Blxst, Lakeyah and Morray.
Congratulations to the 2021 Freshman Class!