XXL's 2013 Freshman Class: Ab-Soul, Joey BadA$$, Chief Keef, Action Bronson


By Maurice Bobb

Timing is everything. Ahead of their appearance on “RapFix Live” today on MTV Jams and MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET, Trinidad James and Schoolboy Q, who are both making noise in the game in their own ways—James for “All Gold Everything” and Q for his upcoming album, Oxymoron—made XXL magazine’s highly-debated Freshman Class cover

The magazine’s May/June 2013 issue, which is highlighted with the cover line “2013’s Freshman Class Best Ever?,” will hit newsstands shortly and will feature some of rap’s most celebrated neophytes: Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Angel Haze, Dizzy Wright, Logic and Chief Keef, who is listed as the “11th Freshman.”

Every year, the magazine’s freshmen class is celebrated, shunned and discussed at length, but as much as the choices draw ire from artists, pundits and fans, it’s still one of the most anticipated media events of the year in hip-hop. Past alums include B.o.B, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and MGK, who all graced previous Freshman covers before their major-label debuts.

While fans have likely heard of most of the MCs on the list, they may not be as familiar with the Maryland-bred spitter Logic, who took to Twitter this morning after the cover reveal to celebrate his big break with this tweet: "From the basement with my team, to magazine covers." See what other hip-hop heads had to say below.

@CurrenSy_Spitta Some respectable selections made on the '13 XXL freshman cover....

@SkinnySaan best list since the 2010 list

@jmaack Really? Chief keef and Trinidad are on the XXL freshman list?

@Autopilot_Jet Stalley def deserved XXL freshman

@Josh_Is_4U2NV So the XXL Freshmen are out and its tight. Except for missing Casey Veggies, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Childish Gambino & Chris Webby


@soooo_amazing Action Bronson & Angel Haze on the xxl freshman cover? word!

@guccisilly026 dont mind this xxl freshman class thank god ab souls on the list

@four1111s i ironically f--- with trinidad james and chief keef but cmon son what are they doing on that xxl freshman list?

@_TeeLittle If I was Schoolboy Q or Ab-Soul I wouldn't even wanna be on the XXL freshman list, they aren't freshmen.

@jas0nzula Action Bronson is on 2013 XXL Freshman Cover. Whaddddddddduuupppppp!!!

@ASAP_Judy Congrats to Joey bada$$, Ab-Soul, and Schoolboy Q for making it on the XXL Freshman cover!

@_CabinFever_ this is the best XXL freshman list yet but I still have to call it whack cuz @iamKingLos aint on there, like how?!

@iMadeSmartCool The XXL Freshman Class this year is so lame. XXL got sick of picking wrong so now they pick guys that have already made it. #XXLJuniorClass

@FuckinAldinnn 2013 XXL Freshman Class List just sucks. it gets worse every year.

@JYungStar My Boy @DizzyWright on the XXL Freshman Class 2013 Congrats bro ! Keep puttin Vegas ON ! #SinCity